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Advancing Psychotherapy for the Next Generation
Humanizing Mental Health Policy and Practice

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ISBN 9781032351469
March 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

This book brings together a global community of mental health professionals to offer an impassioned defence of relationship-based depth psychotherapy. 

Expressing ideas integral to the mission of the Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN), the authors demonstrate a shared vision of a world where this therapy reaches all communities. They articulate the difficulties created by the current mental health diagnostic system and differing conceptualizations of distress, the shortsightedness of evidence-based care and research, and the depreciation of depth therapy by many. The authors thoughtfully elucidate the crucial importance of therapies of depth, insight, and relationship in the repertoire of mental health treatment and speak to the implications of PsiAN’s mission both now and in the future. 

With a distinguished international group of authors and a clear focus on determining a future direction for psychotherapy, this book is essential reading for all psychotherapists.

Table of Contents


Tom Wooldridge

1. Psychothearpy Action Network: Seeing Beyond the Crossroads

Nancy Burke, Linda L. Michaels and Janice R. Muhr

Section I: The Social, Political, and Economic Context 

2. CBF: Cognitive Behavioral Fallacies

Farhad Dalal

3. The Cost-Effectiveness of Dynamic Psychotherapy: The Obstacles, The Law and a Landmark Lawsuit

Susan G. Lazar

4. In Name Only? Mental Health Parity or Illusory Reform

Meiram Bendat

5. The Exclusion of Psychoanalysis in Academic and Orgaznied U.S. Psychology: On Voodooism, Witch-Hunts and the Legion of Followers

Oksana Yakushko

6. The Psycho-Politics of Evidence Based Practice and the Assault on Our Mental Health and Mental Health Care

Allan Scholom 

Section II: Therapies of Depth, Insight, and Relationship 

7. Relational Healing in Psychotherapy: Reaching Beyond the Research

Enrico Gnaulati

8. Two Perspectives of Mental Distress

John Thor Cornelius

9. Diagnosis and Its Discontents: Reflections on Our Current Dilemma

Nancy McWilliams

10. Toward a Science of the Heart: Romanticism and the Revival of Psychology

Kirk J. Schneider

Section III: Implications and Future Actions 

11. Going Beneath the Surface: What People Want From Therapy

Santiago Delboy

12. Mirror And Window: What Each Reveals

Todd Essig

13. Psychoanalytic Applications in a Diverse Society

Pratyusha Tummala-Narra

14. The Rights of Children

Erika Schmidt

15. Long-term Treatment in the Rearview Mirror

William S. Meyer

Epilogue: Stepping Towards the Future: PsiAN's Vision

Linda L. Michaels, Janice R. Muhr and Nancy Burke

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Linda L. Michaels, chair and co-founder of PsiAN.

Tom Wooldridge, chair in the Department of Psychology, Golden Gate University.

Nancy Burke, associate clinical professor at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.

Janice R. Muhr, treasurer and co-founder of PsiAN.



‘This lucid and accessible book confronts bias against therapies of depth, insight, and relationships – bias that threatens to undermine the credibility of the entire field and that fails those struggling with mental and substance use disorders. In a world facing a crisis in mental health, billions spent on pharmaceuticals, brain research, and treatment limited by insurance entities to crisis intervention, have failed to move the needle on outcomes. The authors offer a perspective reminding us that the rediscovered "social determinants of mental health" not only play a role in causation, but also in treatment. The book summarizes evidence for the effectiveness of long-term therapies and emphasizes the importance of human connection in treatment relationships within which individuals feel heard. Through their market research and focus groups, the authors show that most people want more than they are getting from quick fix, crisis-focused treatment – they want to feel deeply understood, not judged, and to be empowered by self-understanding to take charge of their lives. Kudos to the authors!’

Eric Plakun, medical director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge MA; founding leader, APA Psychotherapy Caucus

‘This landmark book is essential for everyone with an interest in mental health. It illuminates the powerful economic forces that are channeling patients toward the most superficial treatments and clarifies the numerous problems with this approach. To use a medical analogy, the prevailing system resembles treating a patient’s fever with aspirin because "evidence" shows the fever usually improves. But unless the cause of the fever can heal on its own, the patient’s real problems, those that caused the fever, will persist. Individually and collectively, we can do so much better. This book shows us why and how.’

David D. Clarke, president, Psychophysiologic Disorders Association and assistant director, Center for Ethics, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA

‘The mental health crises experienced throughout the world are all too evident these days. It is hard to know where to turn for answers. A good place to start is Advancing Psychotherapy for the Next Generation: Humanizing Mental Health Policy and Practice. In this edited volume, an ecumenical roster of clinicians, lawyers, MBAs, and physicians argue why we need to promote "therapies that stick" and describe how depth therapy not only makes good financial sense but how they advance our national wellbeing. We are all connected. This book shows us that such connection is both possible and worthwhile.’

Karen G. Foley, president & CEO, Juvenile Protective Association

Advancing Psychotherapy for the Next Generation: Humanizing Mental Health Policy and Practice offers a widely encompassing lens for the policies and practices shaping modern psychotherapy. With our society facing a youth mental health crisis and with parity in treatment yet to be achieved, the careful examinations provided by Nancy McWilliams, Farhad Dalal, Pratyusha Tummala-Narra, Susan G. Lazar, Kirk Schneider, Todd Essig, Bill Meyer, Meiram Bendat, and other notable authors, are invaluable.’

Amy Lauren Kennedy, The Kennedy Forum