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Choosing Therapy: A Guide to Getting What You Need by Ilyana Romanovsky

Like any decision that we make in life, making the choice to seek therapy involves mastering a large body of knowledge, sifting through the thousands of therapists in the field and finding the right one, understanding different psychological approaches to counseling and what might work best for any one person, learning a variety of skills on how to be in therapy, and exploring one's most inner self with a complete stranger. Most people are unfortunately stuck navigating this difficult process on their own, leaving a lot of things up to chance. Choosing Therapy acknowledges these difficulties and offers readers the tools they'll need to choose the right therapist, set their goals for therapy, and understand the benefits and outcomes available to them through the various approaches therapists take. When entering therapy, individuals may not be armed with the information they need in order to make progress and see results. Many stop therapy if they don't feel they are getting anything out of it; others stop if they feel they are being treated differently by others who know they are in therapy. In Choosing Therapy, Ilyana Romanovsky clearly defines various psychological approaches therapists take, the different types of therapies available including long terms versus short term and group versus individual therapy, and ways of overcoming stigma associated with being in counseling. She discusses various psychotherapeutic medications and other questions patients might have about the ways they might address the issues they experience. Helping readers to define goals, understand treatment options, and prepare to do the work of therapy, Romanovsky offers a clear roadmap to those new to treatment, to those returning to treatment, and to those helping others to seek treatment.

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As if the decision to see a therapist isn't stressful enough, the very next decision-how to choose a stranger with the qualifications and effectiveness to really help-is even more so. Romanovsky, a registered marriage and family therapy intern, helps readers navigate the process, from finding a therapist to handling insurance issues, from coping with the stigma of seeing a therapist to measuring results. She begins with an overview of several major theories of psychotherapy, from venerable names ranging from Freud to Adler to Jung, and explores therapeutic approaches, including Gestalt, transpersonal, and integrative. Romanovsky details the suitability of therapies to personality, situation, and expectations, noting that all treatment methods are effective if practiced by a therapist who believes in and is committed to them. She offers perspective on individual versus group therapy and the incorporation of other practices, including meditation. Romanovsky also includes case studies to help readers grasp how patients interact with therapists and achieve awareness of inner struggles. An insightful resource that answers questions many are reluctant to ask. * Booklist *
I recently read the book Choosing Therapy by Ilyana Romanovsky. I can honestly say it is the most thorough book on psychotherapy that I have ever read. And while I haven't read every book about going into therapy, choosing a therapy (and therapist), and getting the most out of therapy - I think it is a safe bet to say that Choosing Therapy is one of the most thorough books ever written on the subject. In fact, the book is so darn thorough, that I felt like I was back in graduate school reading about various theoretical orientations, transference, counter transference, and the many modalities of treatment. * *
The decision to enter into psychotherapy is rarely taken easily and frequently it is made at a time of great distress. But as if this isn't stressful enough, the would-be patient is then faced with a bewildering choice of therapies and therapists and no easy way to unpick baffling and inconsistent therapist training standards. Written in an accessible style, enhanced by helpful case vignettes and rooted firmly in the perspective of the patient, Ilyana Romanovsky guides us through the main choices and anticipates the questions users of therapy should ask but sadly often don't. This book empowers the reader, enabling, and indeed, encouraging them to make informed choices as wise consumers of what may well turn out to be the most important thing they ever bought. I always recommend that patients shop around before choosing a therapist. This book serves as an invaluable guide in that process. -- Alan Priest, MA, DPsych, UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist
Ilyana Romanovsky puts the client at the center of the psychotherapeutic journey, describing how patients find the best fit with a therapist and a therapeutic approach driven by evidence-based methods. A worthwhile read for anyone considering psychotherapy. -- Petra Steinbuchel, MD, psychiatrist
Finally, a book that provides well-written, informative content in an easy to read and understandable format to an underserved audience, the general public, on a topic of significant importance, psychotherapy. Ilyana Romanovsky has gone to great lengths to provide her readers with important and useful information for those who are considering doing therapy for the first time, or for those who have done therapy but still feel overwhelmed about making choices around this work going forward. This is a rich resource for consumers wishing to understand what this form of self-improvement is all about. -- Carol Wood, MA, LMFT

About Ilyana Romanovsky

Ilyana Romanovsky, M.A., MFTI, is a registered marriage and family therapy intern in a private practice in Berkeley, CA. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Part One: WALKING THROUGH 1: Psychotherapy explained 2: Theories of psychotherapy 3: Interventions in psychotherapy 4: Asking the "right" questions 5: The vulnerable patient 6: Behind psychiatric drugs 7: Individual versus group therapy 8: Measuring therapeutic outcomes 9: Advantages and disadvantages of insurance 10: Family therapy 11: Projections and resistance 12: The end of treatment Part Two: BEING IN THE ROOM 13: A few cases 14: Conclusion Bibliography

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Choosing Therapy: A Guide to Getting What You Need by Ilyana Romanovsky
Ilyana Romanovsky
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Rowman & Littlefield
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