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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

(Tom Butler-Bowdon)|

"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

(Mother of Therapy Patient)|

"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 Patient)|

"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

(Waltraud Prechter)|

"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

(Lyubov Gorelik)|

"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

(Therapy Patient)|

"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

(John Eppolito)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (November 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075731418X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757314186
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 fresh outlook for anyone who has been in therapy with little or no concrete results, to consider. Kudos to the Zwolinskis for producing this gem!
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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 does not know how to go about it. I feel this book has all one needs to know to be a therapist and that all one would need to do is read the book and get diploma for graduate work!
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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! The Zwolinski's manage to bring into sharp focus the true understanding of what good psychotherapy is all about! Throughout the book the Zwolinski's range far and wide, covering a variety of topics. The authors speak their minds, presenting their ideas clearly, coherently, through chapter headings/outlines with case studies, checklists, and assessments.
"Therapy Resolution" definitely defines the authors' subheading of finding help, getting better and moving on without wasting time or money. They are ideas well-worth reading! This is a book that works as both a guide and as a great read!
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If you are seriously considering therapy as a way to improve your life, Therapy Revolution is an excellent place to start and finish! Initiating the search for a competent therapist can be a challenging and arduous process. This book tells you what to expect; even better, it tells you what is expected from you. What pitfalls to avoid. Are you willing to make the commitment that is necessary for effective therapy? If so, this book can help guide you through the therapeutic process. Therapy Revolution is a practical and a must-read for anyone contemplating therapy. It provides sound and ethical advice designed to save time and money.

John Eppolito, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
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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. A combination of experience, compassion, and expertise, Therapy Revolution may change your life. And it's a great read, too.
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This book is written by a specialist in addictions with the intention of teaching how to prevent or stop "therapy addiction." Apart from this rather odd premise, it does have some good information.
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A sincere and frank critical analysis of psychotherapy today. Excellent read wtih many pearls of wisdom.
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