The Value of Psychotherapy: The Talking Cure in an Age of Clinical Science

Author(s) : Robert L. Woolfolk

The Value of Psychotherapy: The Talking Cure in an Age of Clinical Science

Book Details

  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Published : 2015
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 222
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 38198
  • ISBN 13 : 9781462524594
  • ISBN 10 : 1462524591
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Psychotherapy as a discipline is very much in flux. From a seasoned scholar, clinician, and teacher, this engaging book offers a thoughtful and current analysis of where the field is now and where it may be headed. Robert L. Woolfolk illustrates how the growing medicalization of mental health care--in particular, the attempt to fit psychotherapy to the templates of evidence-based medicine--have challenged psychotherapists to reaffirm the value of their work. The book explores ways in which certain kinds of efforts to endow the talking cure with greater scientific legitimacy can be problematic. Woolfolk makes a strong case for the benefits of psychotherapy not only as a technology for treating disorders, but also as a practice that can promote practical wisdom and human flourishing.

About the Author(s)

Robert L. Woolfolk, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Visiting Professor of Psychology at Princeton University. He has published widely in scientific, clinical, and philosophical outlets. Dr. Woolfolk is a practicing psychotherapist with over 40 years of clinical experience. Drawing from a variety of therapeutic approaches, he has conducted therapy with individuals, couples, families, and groups. His recent empirical research has addressed the treatment of somatoform disorders.

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