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Author: Nigel Benson,Borin Van Loon
ISBN13: 978-1840464412
Title: Introducing Psychotherapy
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Publisher: Totem Books; 1st edition (May 21, 1999)
Pages: 176

Introducing Psychotherapy by Nigel Benson,Borin Van Loon

Borin Van Loon is a surrealist painter, writer and comix creator/collagist. This is his eleventh Introducing title for Icon Books. He is probably in need of therapy. Bed Mother Van de graaff generator Mother. From the range of responses, the analyst tries to work out what might be troubling the client. Interpretation of Actions. There are two types of actions by patients that can be analysed for unconscious motives: faulty actions and physiological cues. Faulty actions, nowadays better known as Freudian slips, can reveal a person’s real thoughts or intentions. Freud collected examples of these and published them in his book The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901).

Introducing Psychotherapy - Nigel Benson. What is Psychotherapy? Literally, psychotherapy means mind-healing. But there is often little agreement about exactly what those methods include.

Recommended readings: General Texts on Psychotherapy Nigel Benson and Borin van Loon: "Introducing Psychotherapy" 2003. ISBN 1 84046 441 0. Brief, Readable in a couple of hours (cartoon-style!) and humorous. Aimed at non-professionals. za/psych files/reading list. The book is fanscinating and is the ideal starting point for anyone wanting to do psychotherapy or for anyone embarking on working in mental health and for those with many years of experience.

Borin Van Loon is an author, collagist and surrealist painter who lives in Suffolk.

Introducing Psychotherapy (Paperback). Nigel Benson, Borin Van Loon. Pages: 176. Publication date: 03-05-2012. UK and rest of the world.

Borin Van Loon (born 1952 in East Anglia) is a British illustrator and comic book artist, best known for his illustrations for the Introducing. series of graphic books on complex subjects. He has created an eclectic collage/cartoon mural on the subject of DNA and genetics for the Health Matters Gallery in London's Science Museum.

Introducing Psychotherapy book.

What is psychotherapy? How can we choose wisely from so much on offer? This book provides a valuable summary of the main therapies: the "talking cures" of psychoanalysis, behavioral and cognitive techniques, somatic solutions, humanist gestalt and existential approaches, and individual and group therapies.
Reviews: 4
sunrise bird
Exactly what I needed for school. Great resources that I think I will continue to use in my practice. Yay
I found this to be a very succinct and all-encompassing introduction to psychotherapy. It is a "bird's eye view" of it. I liked the lightness and readability; the useful compartmentalization of the different types of psychotherapy and, especially, the very "graphic" easy-to-understand examples of each type. This book is obviously not for those who are already familiar with the subject to a greater degree; this is an introduction, after all.
This cartoon guide to psychotherapy is true to its subtitle: A Graphic Guide. For that is exactly what it is. It spreads out across a vast landscape of time (from Empedocles to the Existentialists and beyond) -- and a vast jungle of techniques (at least 60) the confusion that remains contemporary psychotherapy.

Among many other ways of critiquing the reasons why so much confusion reigns in the field, one is sure to come away with two glaring impressions: (1) that for some unexplainable reason, this is not a scientific enterprise being conducted by adults; and (2) that culture and society are two of the most glaring variables missing from the diagnostic setting.

As for the first concern, were psychotherapy under even minimal adult supervision, it would seem obvious at this point in its erratic evolutionary development that just as the DSM defines and catalogs psychological symptoms, so too should patient's diagnostic tests be analyzed and catalogued on the basis of which "suite of therapies" (almost never a single therapy as is the case today) represent a best match. That is to say, which group of therapies would be the more efficacious in relieving a particular patient's symptoms? And while it is true that both the catalogue and the diagnosing of symptoms continue to be more art than science, the attempt to match "groups of therapies" with dialogistic findings for a given patient, would be a first step towards bringing some sense of coherency to applying psychotherapeutic techniques more efficaciously to patient's problems.

As it stands today, patients have available to them only "single technique therapists," when clearly even the most elemental psychological problem demands multiple and overlapping techniques if there is to be any chance at finding a solution. In the current environment, the therapists is a hammer in search of a nail: the patient, any patient. All patients are forced to look exactly like the nail a therapist is trained to drive. The result is that psychotherapy has become a Procrustean Bed in which the patient's legs are chopped off above the knees in order to make his symptoms fit the therapists' skills. This glaringly ill-defined process is already an embarrassingly untenable place in which a profession of adults should find itself.

But the second critique is even more devastating: How can a whole profession ignore perhaps the most obvious, the most important, and one of the most potent variables in determining the psychological health of its patients: the nature of the culture the patient lives in? This is an especially egregious oversight since all psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists and social-psychologists worth their salt know that culture is the most important variable (or meta-variable) for determining-the health and well-being of a patient?

The answer to both critiques appears to be that psychoanalysis is a game that societies play on themselves and the psychotherapist is just a societal tool that aides and abets this game? Otherwise, if cultural variables were taken into account in the therapeutic setting (as a variable on both sides of the diagnostic ledger), inevitably it might be concluded that the health of the society is as important to the health of a patient as any other variable? And thus it could well be concluded that the society itself might be heavily implicated in the mental diseases of its citizens? [What a novel idea?] This would mean at the very least, that the society itself may indeed need to be in the witness' dock, or better yet, lying of the psychoanalyst's couch along side the patient.

In this book, of the literally hundreds of psychoanalytic techniques and psychotherapies discussed, only existential therapy as practiced by R. D. Laing, Rollo May and Jean Paul Sartre appear to take culture and society into account in the therapeutic setting. These adult therapists use it to discuss and confront patients about how they experience life within the culture they live in, and try to get them to focus on taking responsibility for their own being, on becoming self-governing, exercising conscious intention, making ethical choices, discovering ways to change the society, accepting fear and anxiety as a normal part of life, how to engage in loving relationships, and how to move beyond oneself into full fellowship with others. Three stars
I learned a little bit more than what I already did. Loved the cartoons with even more info. Good reading.