Can psychotherapy cause harm?
In a rare psychoanalytic case history, Thomas Szasz presents Recollections of a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: The Case of "Prisoner 'K'". In it, Szasz gives us an opportunity to see how he actually practiced psychotherapy. Szasz mentions in the first pages that his practice has since changed, but that he views the case as an adequate case … Continue reading Recollections of a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: The Case of “Prisoner K”
The book, Existential Therapy: Distinctive Features by Emmy van Deurzen is a good reminder to view each person as a free individual, responsible for their life. But, on another level, it is a book about how to push a particular set of belief on another person. Van Deurzen describes the existential therapy approach as: The life … Continue reading Existential Therapy: Distinctive Features
I recently published the book, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: A Short Guide to REBT on Amazon Kindle, paperback, and Audible.
Existentialism (as I see it) is the idea that we can explain human behavior according to reasons (choices), not causes. To this end, I have been interested to read how existentialism is used as a practical tool to help people understand themselves and their lives. I picked up the book, Existential Perspectives On Coaching, edited … Continue reading Existential Perspectives On Coaching
The book, Stepping out of Plato's Cave: Philosophical Counseling, Philosophical Practice, and Self-Transformation, was an interesting read about how one philosophical counselor who uses philosophy to help his clients understand and improve their lives. The author Ran Lahav, uses Plato’s Cave allegory to try to help people understand how they may be enslaving themselves inside … Continue reading Stepping out of Plato’s Cave: Philosophical Counseling, Philosophical Practice, and Self-Transformation
The book, Plato, Not Prozac!: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems, by Lou Marinoff, is one part sales pitch, and one part advice about how to live a life in accordance with the author’s personal values. Marinoff begins the book by arguing that problems in living are better solved by thinking philosophically rather than thinking … Continue reading Plato, Not Prozac!: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems