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How Master Therapists Work

Effecting Change from the First through the Last Session and Beyond, 1st Edition

By Len Sperry, Jon Carlson


202 pages

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How Master Therapists Work engages the reader in experiencing what really happens in therapy with master therapists: who they are, what they do, and how they bring about significant change in clients. It examines one master therapist’s actual six-session therapy (also available on DVD) that transformed a client’s life, resulting in changes that have been sustained for more than seven years. Session transcriptions directly involve the reader in every aspect of the therapeutic change process. This is followed by the commentary of a master therapist-psychotherapy researcher who explains how these changes were effected from a psychotherapy research perspective. Next, the master therapist who effected these changes explains what he was thinking and why he did what he did at key points in the therapy process. Then, the client shares her thoughts on this life changing therapeutic experience. This is a must have, one-of-a-kind book that will greatly enhance the therapeutic understanding and skills of both practicing therapists and therapists-in-training.

Table of Contents

Effecting Change: Master Therapists in Action. Effecting Change: The Critical First Session - Part I. Effecting Change: The Critical First Session - Part II. Effecting Change: The Centrality of the Case Conceptualizations. Effecting Change: Incorporating First Order Change. Effecting Change: Incoporating Second Order Change. Effecting Change: Incorporating Third Order Change. Effecting Change: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Treatment. Effecting Change: Becoming a Master Therapist. Bibliography.

About the Authors

Len Sperry, MD, PhD, is professor of mental health counseling at Florida Atlantic University and clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has practiced, researched, and taught psychotherapy for more than 40 years. He has more than 600 publications, including more than 60 books, mostly on psychotherapy. He has collaborated with Dr. Carlson on several articles, book chapters, books on psychotherapy, and other projects.

Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University and a psychologist at the Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He has practiced and taught psychotherapy for more than 40 years. He has authored 160 journal articles and 60 books and created over 300 professional trade videos and DVDs with leading therapists and educators. He is the recipient of several awards for his contributions to psychotherapy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Group