This guide to psychotherapy is based on the conclusion that much therapeutic practice is ineffective and at times harmful. Jules Meisler argues that treatment is effective only when the patient and psychotherapist work together to understand the process. The application of both new and old psychotherapeutic techniques are described within the context of a different dynamic attitude to treatment that sees life as constantly trying to evolve in the direction of greater consciousness. Meisler begins with a discussion of the attitudes needed by both patient and therapist when they first work together and what each must do to establish a therapeutic situation. Next, he defines character armor and describes how defenses should be eroded on an intellectual level so the emotional pathology can be modified safely without producing psychosis. The benefits and inherent dangers of all the major interventions are covered, giving the therapist access to many effective techniques. A later chapter details the ways in which a therapist's attitude can affect treatment and recommends ways to acquire and maximize a positive frame of mind. The final chapter deals with "treatment constants," including problems encountered during therapy, the reappearance of symptoms, emotions of guilt and resistance, and the process of ending treatment. This highly practical guide will be of interest to patients undergoing treatment who would like a better idea of what to expect from treatment, laypersons considering psychotherapy and wondering if it is right for them, and therapists wishing to reduce their own anxiety and to increase the effectiveness of treatment. Meisler's approach to effective psychotherapy will also beappreciated by academics and professionals in the fields of social work, clinical social work, and psychotherapy.