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A licensed mental health counselor specializing in the treatment of anxiety and addiction, Zwolinski (with help from coauthor C.R.) steps back to take a broad view of the therapy industry, and the growing problem of patients caught in the "therapy trap" by unproductive, inept or unethical therapists who "wallop" a client with inaccurate or exaggerated diagnoses in order keep that client coming back. In this guide to hiring "a great therapist," Zwolinski reminds patients that they should be "savvy consumers" when considering therapy, just as they would for any other important expense. He suggests a preliminary phone interview to check out prospective therapists' credentials, references, fee, approach, and other details. He also suggests that, after a few appointments, a patient work with his therapist to develop a written treatment plan, including a proper medical diagnosis (which can be looked up in a professional reference like the DSM IV), a general time-frame for the length of therapy, and agreed-upon "goals." Zwolinski's provocative call for a "therapy revolution" is authoritative and instructive, fleshing out the common wisdom stating patients are their own best advocates, and must be proactive in all aspects of healthcare.
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"A valuable resource for patients and practitioners alike, setting the standard for therapy and counseling practice. If you know anyone considering therapy, or who is unhappy with their therapist, make sure they read this book."
―Tom Butler-Bowdon, author of 50 Psychology Classics and 50 Self-Help Classics
"I cannot express how grateful I am that the authors have written this book. This kind of integrity and honesty is sorely lacking in our twenty-first-century culture . . . The authors have given practical, common-sense applications for every stage of therapy from beginning to end and beyond. Perhaps one of the tests for finding a good therapist will be that they have this book in their bookshelf―a true testimony of their self-confidence and humility! This book is a gift to the world!"
―Mother of Therapy Patient, WA
"The Therapist Phone Interview worksheet that patients can fill in before they hire a therapist is worth the price of the book alone. I would still be stuck in 'Hit and Stay' therapy if not for Therapy Revolution."
―Therapy Patient, NYC, NY
"Therapy Revolution is a wonderful guide to assist therapy patients and their families in choosing the most excellent therapist and receive the help they need."
―Waltraud Prechter, Founder of the Heinz C. Prechter Bi-Polar Research Fund at the University of Michigan Depression Center
"As a psychiatrist, I know how important it is to work with experienced and ethical psychotherapists. Therapy Revolution is an eye-opener―it shows what can go wrong in therapy and how to avoid it. It really gives the reader tools with which to evaluate a therapist and get the best care possible without wasting time or money. I highly recommend this book to patients, their families, to psychotherapists, and to anyone who must make a referral to a therapist."
―Lyubov Gorelik, MD, Psychiatrist; Board Certified in General Adult and Addiction Psychiatry, NY, NY
"Although I am angry that I wasted years in therapy with a therapist that raised almost all of Richard Zwolinski's red flags, I'm glad I finally got some good advice. Now I have a therapist that is really helping me."
―Therapy Patient, Chicago, IL
"Don't let its accessible language fool you―this book is packed with salient information rooted in a solid sense of ethics. As the medical director of a psychiatric hospital, I believe that this book not only has an important place on the shelf of therapy patients but would also be valuable reading for any professional, instructor, or student in the fields of mental health and addiction. Therapy Revolution will likely be relevant for years to come."―Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., CEO and Medical Director, Holliswood Hospital, Holliswood, NY (Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D)|
'This book has been an ambitious undertaking. And, well worth the effort! It is methodical, well structured, thorough, and easy to understand. The metaphors and analogies are superb, and help greatly in clarifying the ideas the authors wish to convey. 'As a retired clinical psychologist with many years of clinical experience, I really enjoyed reading this book. I think that it will be useful not only to those who are eager to find a competent psychotherapist and a better understanding of what psychotherapy is all about, but even to practicing psychotherapists.'
―John Hoffman, Ph.D., Retired Clinical Psychologist, Formerly of Veterans Administration Center, Buffalo, NY(John Hoffman, Ph.D)|
'Timely! The public needs a book like this. Richard and C.R. Zwolinski have accomplished their task with clarity, thoroughness, and passion. This book will help you pick a competent therapist and receive the treatment you need and deserve. Not only a must-read for the intelligent consumer, but a practical guide and useful resource for the therapist as well!'
―John Eppolito, Clinical Psychologist Illinois Youth Center, St. Charles, Illinois
This book is a must read. Everything you'll ever need to know about the therapy world is in this book. Don't hire a therapist before reading this book.Published on July 2, 2013 by Moshe
This book is written by a specialist in addictions with the intention of teaching how to prevent or stop "therapy addiction. Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by Derek Truscott
The book is great for people who have not studied to be a therapist, but is interested in doing so or for those who are not currently in therapy, but is looking for a therapist and... Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by Iamina Diana
Every once in a while, we succeed in reading a book that we want to SHOUT about! We want to tell the world! I think you will like reading THERAPY ROVOLUTION! Read morePublished on January 10, 2010 by Jack R. Edelman
For many people, therapy is a frustrating and long haul. For most people, it should be short, quick and effective. This eye-opening book shows you how. Read morePublished on December 20, 2009 by Inlet Rower
If you are seriously considering therapy as a way to improve your life, Therapy Revolution is an excellent place to start and finish! Read morePublished on December 16, 2009 by John Eppolito
A sincere and frank critical analysis of psychotherapy today. Excellent read wtih many pearls of wisdom.Published on December 14, 2009 by Wah S. Lee
An easy-to-read self-help book written in an engaging and down-to-earth style. The real-life examples of individuals in-treatment and, how they resolved their issues, present a... Read morePublished on December 13, 2009 by roberto
Therapy Revolution does provide an excellent overview of what good therapy should be like, but falls short of empowering the reader to trust his/her instincts about what good... Read morePublished on November 28, 2009 by Dr. Kathy Nickerson