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Escape from Babel: Toward a Unifying Language for Psychotherapy Practice (Norton Professional Books) Hardcover – 19 Feb 1997

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (19 Feb. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393702197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393702194
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 992,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While "psychotherapy" has been busily dividing into hundreds of different models, research shows that it doesn't really matter which approach you use, which guru you follow, or which fancy techniques you adopt. Yet there are some factors, across models, that do matter. The authors want readers to shake their allegiance to masters and models and focus on these basics, from which emerges a unifying language for psychotherapy practice. So what does matter? First, respect for the client's point of view, understanding of the problem, ideas about its solution, and interaction with chance events that affect its course. The client is here seen as the unsung hero of psychotherapy. Second, the authors focus on the therapeutic relationship, which research shows matters more than therapeutic orientation or technique. Third, successful clients have hope and a plan for the future, which can be nurtured in the therapeutic relationship. Finally, there is a place for techniques and models to provide structure and introduce novelty in therapy. This is a simple but effective approach, illustrated here in short vignettes and two extended cases.

About the Author

Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., practices solution-oriented therapy in Chicago.

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By A Customer on 18 Jun. 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book, drawing on current research findings and the authors' extensive clinical experience, reminds us that it's not the hottest new techniques or the therapist's theoretical orientation that makes for effective therapy. When satisfied clients are asked what made the the difference, their most frequent answer is a meaningful encounter with a caring, responsive human being whom the client felt understood his concerns and validated his strengths and resources. Many of us in the helping professsions seem to need this reminder.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 1 Dec. 2014
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To the person below that gave the one star review about how the book doesn't describe how to facilitate a "good" relationship with the client: there is no describing in text how to facilitate a healthy and therapeutic alliance with a client because it comes from the genuineness and empathy from the therapist. There is no way of teaching someone this, you have to find it in yourself and a big part of it has to do with genuinely caring about the client and exhibiting unconditional positive regard. This should already be something that is known when you begin graduate school. Overall, I completely agree with the text. Sometimes, as clinicians, we focus too much on the theories learned in school rather than remembering that sometimes all a client needs is our focus and attention and most importantly, our empathetic responses to the client. This explains why therapy has taken a post-modernist stance and you see a lot of these new theories coming into light such as the book mentions, solution-focused and others such as recovery oriented, narrative and so on. Great book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Value-driven therapy. 30 Nov. 2016
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A good book to for novice and expert counselors and therapists. Assists the provider in calibrating process and outcomes with clean interaction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Helper's Guidebook 8 Jan. 2014
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As a professional helper I found their research to be enlightening and their stories told with a very wicked satirical side that I love. It is a book that people who really, really desire to help people in pain can learn from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as ordered 27 April 2014
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Exactly as ordered and came in the mail quickly.
Good for anybody looking for things a counsellor should bring to their practise to be effective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 4 Oct. 2016
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Great book n great price for school
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