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Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On without Wasting Time or Money Paperback – October 2, 2009
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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
Top customer reviews
I have to say I felt like some of the other reviewers didn't read the same book I did. I am not a doctor, I'm an electrical engineer and I think "trusting your gut feelings" or "instincts" is not the best way to hire anyone, especially when you are potentially spending a lot of money and are looking for relief from misery. I appreciated the practical side of this book. It suggested you interview a therapist over the phone first, and gave you a list of questions to ask. It tells you to pay close attention to how the therapist spoke to you and what to listen for. Were they respectful? Did they listen to you or did they just try to push you into signing up for a paid session? Did they have qualities you are comfortable around? The book was clear that a combination of careful research, being an "educated consumer", paying close attention to what the therapist was like, and even gut instinct are all needed to make a good decision. Also the book suggests if aren't up to the task, a family member or friend can step in and help you make the decision. In fact, a parent or friend of someone looking for a therapist can read this book and learn how choose a therapist for someone who maybe isn't up to the task and give them support while they are in therapy.
Also, the part about how and when therapy should end, was crucial. Apparently, therapy actually has to end sometime and the therapist should be discussing this right from the outset. An important point.
If you've been burned in therapy or want to avoid being burned, this is a helpful read.
As a special education instructor with significant experience and knowledge (not to mention a degree or two!) in counseling children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and psychotic disorders, I feel this book is important for parents and even some older clients. Mr. Zwolinski's book identifies some of the pitfalls of therapy practice, how to avoid them, and how to find a professional that is experienced and is likely to help you. Even more important, this book provides a framework to orient clients to the therapy process. The book illustrates the "process" from step 1, all the way through to successful completion of a therapy program.
Without such a read, a potential client, family member, or support person might not have the knowledge or know-how to support a person through their therapy program. This book provides the insight and tools one needs to have before setting out on a therapy program.
The book is concise, clear, and an easy read. Paragraphs and chapters are well organized, and easy to follow. This book should become a go-to-guide for those seeking a successful therapy program. most importantly, it's reasonably priced! Highly Recommended.
Mara Hellman, MA, Ed.