Bad Therapy, Good Therapy (And How to Tell the Difference)

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Dr. Hurd's third book is the definitive consumer handbook for effective self-help techniques. It demonstrates how philosophical ideas can touch everyday life, and is an indispensable guide for recognizing the dangers inherent in some contemporary therapies. Through actual case histories and examples, Dr. Hurd reveals how the virtues of self-reliance and rational self-interest can reduce or even eliminate the need for psychotherapy. The Foreword is written by noted clinical psychologist and author Stanton Samenow, Ph.D.

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Michael J. Hurd, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist in private practice. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from the Catholic University of America (Phi Beta Kappa), his Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland, and his Ph.D. (with distinction) from Saybrook University in California. His articles and commentary appear regularly in newspapers and magazines nationwide, and his subscription publication, The Living Resources Newsletter, is in its 18th year. Dr. Hurd's columns appear weekly in several newspapers, and The Daily Dose of Reason at his website draws thousands of readers every day.

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This is an informative and liberating book. The audience should be vast and include anyone who has ever thought of consulting a therapist. People now in therapy should read this book so they can determine whether they are receiving good or bad therapy. --Stanton Samenow, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist and noted Author)

Dr. Hurd begins this very important, very serions book by making us laugh by taking a hypothetical patient to seven different therapists and giving us seven different opinions on how to solve the problem. This deftly demonstrates why patients should 'vet' any potential mental health professional before taking advice or changing any behavior. Then he goes into detail on how certain types of therapy can actually hurt a patient, by examining the flaws in Psychoanalysis, Insight Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Mystical Therapy, Child Therapy and more. His astute analyses of bad psychotherapy should be extremely helpful to anyone approaching the idea of going into therapy because it exposes the dangers inherent in following harmful advice, and offers 'red flags' to look for when deciding whom to go to for help. His analysis of good therapy is so good that after reading this book, filled with specifics, a potential patient may simply follow his lead and find it unnecessary to seek professional help at all..... As a fiction writer, I found Dr. Hurd's book especially enlightening because when I devise conflicts for my characters, I have to imbue them with psychological and existential problems and then dramatize either their success or failure in solving them. My novel, 'Crosspoints, A Novel of Choice', in fact, has this very subject as its theme: the choices we make in life determine not only our future, but also our very identity. With this in mind, I found Dr. Hurd's demystification of psychology and his down-to-earth analysis of the root causes of dysfunctions brought about by faulty thinking to be spot on. His warnings that psychologists are people too, and may well have [their own] insecurities, obsessions and compulsions are spot-on too. They spell out the importance of interviewing potential therapists to ascertain their core values before granting them the position of helping you with yours. He also takes a look through a wide-angle lens at America's cultural demise, philosophical confusions, health care crises, and political powers gone astray; giving food for thought in judging the dangerous direction the country as a whole is going toward. Not only private individuals, but also politicians and professional therapists should read this book, for there is help for anyone and everyone in this rational and readable text. --Alexandra York (internationally published author)

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