Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis

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Systematic, comprehensive, and balanced, this stimulating book helps readers understand a wide variety of therapies, including psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential, person-centered, gestalt, interpersonal, exposure, behavioral, cognitive, systemic, integrative. The book provides an integrative framework that embraces both the essential similarities and the fundamental differences among the psychotherapies. The authors explore each system's theory of personality, theory of psychopathology, resulting therapeutic process and relationship. By doing so, Prochaska and Norcross demonstrate how much psychotherapy systems agree on the processes producing change while disagreeing on the content that needs to be changed. The limitations, practicalities, and outcome research of each psychotherapy are also presented to bring both the similarities and differences to life, the authors demonstrate how the same complex psychotherapy case (Mrs. C) is formulated and treated by each system.

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James O. Prochaska, PhD, is professor of psychology and director of the Cancer Prevention Research Consortium at the University of Rhode Island and a clinical psychologist in part-time private practice. He has been the principal investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling over $75 million and has been recognized by the American Psychological Society as one of the five most-cited authors in psychology. His 30 book chapters and over 200 scholarly articles focus on self-change, health promotion, and psychotherapy from a transtheoretical perspective, the subject of his popular book, CHANGING FOR GOOD (with John Norcross and Carlo DiClemente).

John C. Norcross, PhD, is professor and former chair of psychology as well as distinguished university fellow at the University of Scranton, and a clinical psychologist in part-time independent practice. Author of more than 250 scholarly articles, Dr. Norcross has written or edited 15 books, the most recent being EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES IN MENTAL HEALTH and PSYCHOTHERAPY RELATIONSHIPS THAT WORK. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session. Among his awards are APA's Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award, Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation, and election to the National Academies of Practice.

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Systems of Psychotherapy covers, in a scholarly and balanced manner, a wide range of theories and methods -- which is what we sorely need. When using the third edition of this book in one of my graduate courses, the students gave me an A+ for assigning this wide ranging and stimulating book.

"In the confusing multiplicity of psychotherapeutic orientations, there is nothing better, more revealing, or more entertaining than letting orientations point out their differences with each other. That is the strategy that Prochaska and Norcross perfect in the Fourth Edition of their Systems of Psychotherapy."

"This is a well-written, thorough assessment of the most commonly used approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. The text presents the strengths and limitations of each theory with insight and candor ... and helps to demystify the topics in the theoretical chapters. This text is an essential resource for anyone who teaches courses in the areas of counseling and psychotherapy."

"The best book on the market for the study of psychotherapy. A must for beginning through intermediate levels of psychotherapy training. . . . The minicase illustrations are very clarifying. Difficult concepts are described not only in understandable vocabulary patterns, but in a systematic way. Most texts are not systematically written because many authors don't think systematically. Prochaska and Norcross do."

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