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American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States

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From Freud to Zoloft, the first comprehensive history of American Psychotherapy

Fifty percent of Americans will undergo some form of psychotherapy in their lifetimes, but the origins of the field are rarely known to patients. Yet the story of psychotherapy in America brims with colorful characters, intriguing experimental treatments, and intense debates within this community of healers.

American Therapy begins, as psychotherapy itself does, with the monumental figure of Sigmund Freud. The book outlines the basics of Freudian theory and discusses the peculiarly powerful influence of Freud on the world of American mental health. The book moves through the emergence of group therapy, the rise of psychosurgery, the evolution of uniquely American therapies such as Gestalt, rebirthing, and primal scream therapy, and concludes with the modern world of psychopharmacology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and highly targeted short-term therapies.

For a counseled nation that freely uses terms such as aemotional baggagea and no longer stigmatizes mental health care, American Therapy is a remarkable history of an extraordinary enterprise.

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From Freud to Zoloft, this comprehensive history of American psychotherapy begins with the monumental figure of Sigmund Freud and moves through the emergence of group therapy, psychopharmacology, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

About the Author

Jonathan Engel holds a Ph.D. in the history of science and medicine from Yale, and has written extensively about the historical development of U.S. medicine. He is the author of three previous books and is a professor at Baruch College, CUNY.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592404919
Author:
Engel, Jonathan
Publisher:
Gotham Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Psychotherapy - General
Subject:
Psychotherapy -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Psychology -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.00x5.28x.81 in. .68 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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