Psychotherapy: A Very Short Introduction by Tom Burns

Psychotherapy: A Very Short Introduction

byTom Burns

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Psychotherapy and counselling are now widely available to help people overcome emotional and psychological difficulties in their lives. They involve spending time with a professional in an emotionally safe and structured relationship to explore and express the issues that cause distress anddifficulty, whether long term self-doubts, relationship problems, or the impact of a trauma or crisis. As a society, we now take this focus on talking through and understanding our identity and relationships for granted, but it is hardly more than a century old. In this Very Short Introduction, Tom Burns and Eva Burns-Lundgren trace the development of psychotherapy from its origins in Freud's psychoanalysis to the range of different approaches - counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, and other time-limited therapies, mindfulness, group and familytherapies, and many more. Describing the processes central to them all and highlighting their differences, they demonstrate what problems each therapy are best suited for. They explain the principles behind the most commonly available types of psychotherapies and provide examples of what patientscan expect when they seek such help. They conclude by examining the practice of psychotherapy - the types of training psychotherapists have, the safeguards that exist to keep practice reliable, and how one goes about choosing a psychotherapist. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Tom Burns trained in medicine in Cambridge and London and in psychiatry in Scotland and London, including a training as a Group Analyst. After three years in Sweden he worked for ten years as an NHS consultant psychiatrist in St Georges Hospital, south London. He took up the Chair of Social Psychiatry at Oxford University in 2003. His ...
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Title:Psychotherapy: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.03 inPublished:January 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. What is psychotherapy and who is it for?2. Freud and the discovery of the unconscious3. Post-Freudians - moving towards the interpersonal.4. Time-limited psychotherapy5. Counselling6. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy7. Family, group and interactive therapies8. Psychotherapy now and in the future.