Despite how widely and openly all things psychotherapeutic now circulate in American culture (Dr. Phil and Dr. Laura answer our innermost troubles, ads for antidepressant drugs like Paxil and Prozac run everywhere), many of us are still reluctant to find or confide in a therapist. In Therapy Demystified, Kate Scharff, an experienced clinical social worker and psychotherapist, decodes and destigmatizes psychotherapy for those wondering if it's for them. Among other key questions Scharff answers are: How do I know if I (or someone I love) needs to see a therapist? What are the different kinds of psychotherapy, and why should I care? What should I expect (and ask) within the first few sessions? How can I tell if a therapist is right for me? How can I tell if therapy is working? Ultimately, Therapy Demystified provides an essential resource and empowers everyone to become an educated therapy consumer.
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