THE THERAPY CRISIS – Each year, millions of people enter therapy hoping and believing they’ll be helped―but studies show that many aren’t being helped. In fact, some patients find they are struggling with more emotional problems than before. Too many people end up stuck in therapy year after year, for no good reason at all.
THE REVOLUTION – Richard Zwolinski, a licensed mental health counselor and expert on anxiety and addiction, is a watchdog for professional ethics and patient rights. For more than twenty years he has been helping patients receive the best, most effective care for the least cost in a reasonable amount of time. In Therapy Revolution, Zwolinski puts the therapists on the couch and analyzes their performances. He exposes harmful therapy practices
and shows you exactly what you need to do to find a therapist who is ethical and competent. In this solution-oriented call to action, Zwolinski reveals:
- What some therapists don’t want you to know
- The 2 essential Therapy Tools that every effective therapist must use―and why you should leave a therapist who refuses to use them
- How you can find, interview, and hire the therapist that’s right for you
- The red flags that indicate therapy isn’t working―and what you need to do if a therapist breaks the rules
- The 5 fundamental ingredients in the Successful Therapy Formula
THE STEP-BY-STEP SOLUTION – Chock-full of shocking, real-life patient interviews, self-assessment questionnaires, numerous checklists that lead to therapy success, therapist interview questions, and more, Therapy Revolution exposes the pitfalls of bad therapy and shows you what good therapy should look like, all while offering practical solutions for making therapy work for you.
A licensed mental health counselor specializing in the treatment of anxiety and addiction, Zwolinski (with help from coauthor C.R.) steps back to take a broad view of the therapy industry, and the growing problem of patients caught in the “therapy trap” by unproductive, inept or unethical therapists who “wallop” a client with inaccurate or exaggerated diagnoses in order keep that client coming back. In this guide to hiring “a great therapist,” Zwolinski reminds patients that they should be “savvy consumers” when considering therapy, just as they would for any other important expense. He suggests a preliminary phone interview to check out prospective therapists’ credentials, references, fee, approach, and other details. He also suggests that, after a few appointments, a patient work with his therapist to develop a written treatment plan, including a proper medical diagnosis (which can be looked up in a professional reference like the DSM IV), a general time-frame for the length of therapy, and agreed-upon “goals.” Zwolinski’s provocative call for a “therapy revolution” is authoritative and instructive, fleshing out the common wisdom stating patients are their own best advocates, and must be proactive in all aspects of healthcare.