Based on more than forty-five years of research at the American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), this intensive and expert examination of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis points out the important shortcomings in the profession and concludes that there has been a marked decline in the last decades caused by the ever-increasing use of superficial, facile treatment methods. Nonetheless, AMHF research has resulted in invaluable findings, which separate valid approaches from unsustainable theorizing and pseudo-scientific pretense. The solutions proposed will lead to the transformation of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis into truly viable crafts.
“This book can be called the Bible of psychotherapy. The value of its findings is timeless.”—Valentine W. Zetlin, Chairman, Professional Board, International Institute for the Advancement of Psychiatry
“A most fascinating, insightful, and challenging work. The incisive changes and reforms worked out by Dr. Stefan de Schill attest to an unusual perceptiveness of the essence and needs of psychotherapy. A dozen years of studies in universities, hospitals, and institutes will not provide even a small fraction of the expert psychotherapeutic knowledge to be found in this volume. The remedies it proposes are indispensable if psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are to be rescued from their long decline and put on the path leading to their unfulfilled potential.”—Professor Toni Graf-Baumann, former Director of Clinical Medicine, Springer Verlag
“One of the most challenging works to appear in decades. It is of paramount importance to the future of psychotherapy. This work examines basic problems of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and mental health with three major considerations foremost: the extent to which the welfare of the patient is considered, the examination of present-day quality of professional work, and the steps that are necessary to bring about decisive improvements in psychotherapeutic effectiveness and teaching.”—Psychotherapies, Geneva
“Few indeed are those who have the integrity and the expertise to oppose the ever-increasing trend of shallow practices, ambiguous language, and nebulous thinking in our field. Therefore, one should highly praise these invaluable efforts in this direction.”—Serge Lebovici, Professor Emeritus, University of Paris and Honorary Vice President of the International Psychoanalytic Association