Work Title: Therapy's Best: Practical Advice and Gems of Wisdom from Twenty Accomplished Counselors and Therapists
Work Author(s): Howard G. Rosenthal
293 pages, Hardcover $39.95, Softcover $29.95, 0-7890-2475-6
Reviewer: E. James Lieberman
"Careful use of language is the key to effective therapy. And note that the therapist's task is often not to take the question at face value but to change the question---as I am doing now---so it can be answered in a more life-affirming way," says Edwin Schneidman, founder of the field of suicidology, in the closing interview of this unusual book. The interviewer is the author of this book, a counselor, writer, and lecturer, who corrals quite a diverse bunch of experts for his stable, but this quote is one that most therapists will agree on. Rosenthal, whose own language is clear and down-to-earth, is able to show, through wide-ranging interviews, how the field has developed and where it may be going.
A number of other elders in the field are widely known: Raymond Corsini, Albert Ellis, Muriel James, Al Mahrer. Interspersed are interviews with counselors and therapists well-known through their current books: Robert Alberti Your Perfect Right); Dorothy and Ray Becvar Family Therapy); Bob Bertolino Change-Oriented Therapy With Adolescents and Young Adults); William Glasser Choice Theory); Francine Shapiro EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). The most notable non-therapist in the group is Richard Bolles What Color is your Parachute?). The book is a rich mine of raw data on the history of American psychology, including self-help and the ideological climate of the last...