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The Basics of Psychotherapy: An Introduction to Theory and Practice (Theories of Psychotherapy) [Paperback]

Bruce E. Wampold

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15 Feb 2010 1433807505 978-1433807503 1
In "The Basics of Psychotherapy: An Introduction to Theory and Practice", author Bruce E. Wampold presents essential background necessary for understanding the role of theory in therapy, and shows how understanding psychotherapy theory is the first step to becoming an effective therapist. Psychotherapy has existed in some form since the late 19th century, and has evolved over the course of a century to include a great variety of theories. Wampold explores the history of psychotherapy theory and its role in practice, and then gives readers the tools to understand the vast array of theories in current use. This book answers practical questions: What is the role of theory, and how does it relate to psychotherapy practice? Are some theories more valid than others? Does psychotherapy work? If psychotherapy works, how does it work and how do we know it works? How does a new practitioner choose a theoretical orientation? This fascinating discussion about the basics of psychotherapy - and the theory that grounds it - provides readers with everything necessary for making sense of and finding their place in this vital and ever-changing field. Whether encountering sychotherapy theory for the first time as a student or returning as a seasoned practitioner to reevaluate the great variety of theories, this book is an indispensible guide. "The Basics of Psychotherapy" may be read before other books in the "Theories of Psychotherapy Series" as an introduction to psychotherapy and its theoretical grounding. As such, it may be considered the first book to assign in a graduate theories course, or as a book that can be read with any other books in this series to provide a general view of psychotherapeutic theory.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association; 1 edition (15 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433807505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433807503
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,037,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable and informative introduction 15 Mar 2010
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Psychotherapy can be an intimidating concept. That's why "The Basics of Psychotherapy: An Introduction to Theory and Practice", by academician and psychologist Bruce E. Wampold is such an invaluable and informative introduction helping to demystify the theory and practice of psychotherapy. Part of the outstanding "Theories of Psychotherapy Series" published by the American Psychological Association, "The Basics Of Psychotherapy" provides an overview of the history of psychotherapy theories, how theory relates to practice, how theoretical orientations are selected by practitioners, and what can be expected in a psychotherapy sessions. For students and non-specialist readers with an interest or involvement with psychotherapy, "The Basics Of Psychotherapy" is an ideal introductory and highly recommended for personal, professional, academic, and community library Psychology reference collections.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wampold 'Theories of Psychotherapy' 27 Dec 2010
By Dr. Alasdair J. Macdonald - Published on
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Headline text for this APA series. A clear account of methodology in the criticism of psychotherapy research. Not a ground breaking text like Wampold's 2001 masterwork.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Integrative Approaches 25 May 2012
By Jim - Published on
This book is a great introduction to integrative psychotherapy. Dr. Wampold takes the reader through how to conceptualized therapy in an integrative manner. Underlying this integrative approach is the common factors view of the process.
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