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 and 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.

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James O. Prochaska, PhD, is [currently] 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 and 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 & 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 this book in one of my graduate courses, the students gave me an A+ for assigning this wide ranging and stimulating book."

"One of the great strengths of this book is the authors' obvious clinical insight and the disclosing style of writing. The colorful and honest criticisms at the end of the chapter are a compelling contribution."

"SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY provides state of the art information about counseling/therapy theories in a highly engaging manner. It is not just a superb text; it is the standard to which other texts should aspire. I recommend it most highly!"

"SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY is a special book that has a special place among theory books in psychotherapy. Most such books are duly informative, but the Prochaska and Norcross text is in a league of its own in terms of its ability to both inform and engage the reader in the material. It has everything that I look for in such a book: Depth of analysis, extremely clear and crisp writing, sound organization, and evenhandedness in its comparative review of the various theories. Bravo to Prochaska and Norcross for this wonderful accomplishment."

"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 their SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY. And that is why I use their book in my psychotherapy courses with psychiatrists and psychologists throughout Europe and why their book was translated there."

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