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Psychotherapy Is Worth It: A Comprehensive Review of Its Cost-effectiveness 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0873182154
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This is a long awaited essential piece of integrative work that finally communicates the value of psychotherapy using the most effective universal currency, money. The book is the best and most comprehensive compilation of information to date on the cost of and benefit from psychotherapy. It is authoritative and even-handed, informative and never shirks complexity. In addition, almost as a bonus, a massive body of information is presented in a highly accessible, readable and stimulating style. It is an essential resource for anyone trying to make a case for psychotherapy services, whether this is for an individual case, a local service or a national healthcare system. A true achievement! --Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., DClinPsy, FBA, FBPS, FBPsS, Head of Department, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology

As we redesign health care financing in the United States, Psychotherapy Is Worth It is a must read. It is a lucid, scholarly, tightly edited examination of the costs and benefits of psychotherapy for a wide range of psychiatric and medical disorders. Health care planners, psychotherapists, and physicians cannot afford to overlook this book. --David Spiegel, M.D., Willson Professor and Associate Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

In this much-needed, compelling, and well-researched volume, Dr. Lazar and The GAP Committee On Psychotherapy bring to light, in very accessible language, what psychotherapists witness first-hand and what the public-at-large, including policy-makers, needs to know about mental health and its startling connection to economics. Armed with scientific data about the efficacy of and necessity for psychotherapy, the authors underscore the ameliorative effects and, crucial in today's economic climate, the cost-effectiveness of engaging in psychotherapy in response to wide-ranging physical and emotional problems. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in reducing human suffering and the enormous fiscal toll that it perpetuates. --William J. Coburn, Ph.D., Psy.D., Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology

About the Author

<P><STRONG>Susan G. Lazar, M.D.,</STRONG>is Past Chair of the Committee on Psychotherapy, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine, and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and Supervising and Training Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.</P>

Product Details

  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (March 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873182154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873182157
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,479,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Really a fantastic book. It makes a convincing case for the efficacy of psychotherapy. It is also the work of several authors and thus you don't get a lot of biases, just the facts.
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