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Textbook of Psychotherapeutic Treatments

Edited by Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.

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For many years, psychotherapy was criticized for lacking an empirical base, but the basis for that criticism has gradually changed as neurobiological research has advanced and the number of efficacy studies has expanded. The growing literature empirically validating psychotherapy as a treatment, and the abundance of psychotherapies now available, make a comprehensive textbook of psychotherapeutic treatments in psychiatry of central importance, both to practitioners and to trainees in psychiatry and other mental health professions.

Glen O. Gabbard, author or editor of more than 22 books and over 280 scientific papers and book chapters, is a leader in the fields of psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He has assembled 50 of the world's most renowned experts in every psychotherapeutic school of thought to create this definitive volume, sure to become the standard text for all student and practicing psychotherapists, whatever their background—psychiatry, psychology, or social work. This authoritative work boasts many must-have features:

  • All the major psychotherapeutic modalities are addressed in one volume, including sections on psychodynamic psychotherapy; cognitive therapy; interpersonal psychotherapy; supportive psychotherapy; family systems therapy; the different modalities of couples, group, and family therapies; dialectical behavioral therapy; and mentalization-based therapy.
  • This comprehensive, utterly current overview of the field is versatile and can be used as a textbook for a course; as a reference for the mental health professional who needs to match a specific type of therapy to a particular patient; or as a clinical handbook.
  • The sections are structured in a consistent manner, with each featuring individual chapters on theory, technique, indications and efficacy, and the combination of psychotherapy and medication. This allows for the therapies to be easily compared and contrasted and makes navigating the volume effortless.
  • The text provides chapters on the neurobiological underpinnings of psychotherapy—a burgeoning field—and on the nature of professional boundaries in psychotherapy—as indispensable to the student first contemplating personal and professional ethics as to the clinician actively embodying them.
  • In addition to the major individual psychotherapies, group, family, and couples therapy are covered, as well as integrative therapies evolved from different models.

Treatment outcome depends on carefully matching the therapeutic modality to the patient or client, and this book will both facilitate and enhance that meticulous process. Up-to-date, scientifically rigorous, and exhaustive in its scope, the Textbook of Psychotherapeutic Treatments is the go-to text and reference for the knowledgeable, conscientious psychotherapist, in training and in practice.


  • Preface.

    Part 1: Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

    Theoretical models of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Techniques of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Techniques of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. Applications of psychodynamic psychotherapy to specific disorders: efficacy and indications. Combining psychodynamic psychotherapy with medication.

    Part 2: Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

    Theory of cognitive therapy. Techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Applications of individual cognitive-behavioral therapy to specific disorders: efficacy and indications. Combining cognitive-behavioral therapy with medication.

    Part 3: Individual Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

    Theory of interpersonal psychotherapy. Techniques of individual interpersonal psychotherapy. Applications of individual interpersonal psychotherapy to specific disorders: efficacy and indications. Combining interpersonal psychotherapy with medication.

    Part 4: Individual Supportive Psychotherapy.

    Theory of supportive psychotherapy. Techniques of individual supportive psychotherapy. Applications of individual supportive psychotherapy to psychiatric disorders: efficacy and indications. Combining supportive psychotherapy with medication.

    Part 5: Group, Family, and Couples Therapy.

    Family systems theory and practice. Couples therapy. Emotionally focused couples therapy: an attachment-based treatment. Psychodynamic couples therapy: an object relations approach. Behavioral couples therapy. Psychodynamic group therapy. Family intervention for psychotic and severe mood disorders. Group cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain.

    Part 6: Forms of Psychotherapy Integration.

    Theory and practice of psychotherapy integration. Theory and practice of dialectical behavioral therapy. Theory and practice of mentalization-based therapy. Brain processes informing psychotherapy. Professional boundaries in psychotherapy. Index.


    Jon G. Allen, Ph.D.
    Anthony Bateman, M.A., F.R.C.Psych.
    Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.
    Bernard D. Beitman, M.D.
    Richard A. Bermudes, M.D.
    Carlos Blanco, M.D., Ph.D.
    Peter J. Buckley, M.D.
    David Casey, M.D.
    Andrew Christensen, Ph.D.
    David A. Clark, Ph.D.
    Jean Cottraux, M.D., Ph.D.
    Mantosh Dewan, M.D.
    Keith S. Dobson, Ph.D.
    Amanda M. Epp, B.A.
    Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., F.B.A.
    Edward S. Friedman, M.D.
    Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.
    Molly F. Gasbarrini
    Michael Goldstein, M.D.
    James Griffith, M.D.
    David J. Hellerstein, M.D.
    Michael Hollifield, M.D.
    Susan Johnson, Ed.D.
    Jerald Kay, M.D.
    Melissa C. Kuhajda, Ph.D.
    Robert Leahy, Ph.D.
    Jay L. Lebow, Ph.D.
    Falk Leichsenring, D.Sc.
    Joshua D. Lipsitz, Ph.D.
    John Manring, M.D.
    John C. Markowitz, M.D.
    William R. McFarlane, M.D.
    Meghan McGinn, M.A.
    John S. Rolland, M.D.
    Richard N. Rosenthal, M.D.
    Lynn Stormon, Ph.D.
    Holly A. Swartz, M.D.
    Hillel I. Swiller, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A., F.A.G.P.A.
    Mary Target, Ph.D.
    Michael E. Thase, M.D.
    Beverly E. Thorn, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
    Oriana Vesga-Lopez, M.D.
    George I. Viamontes, M.D., Ph.D.
    Barbara B. Walker, Ph.D.
    Froma Walsh, Ph.D.
    Priyanthy Weerasekera, M.D., M.Ed.
    Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D.
    Joan Wheelis, M.D.
    Katherine J. Williams, M.A.
    Arnold Winston, M.D.
    Scott R. Woolley, Ph.D.
    Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D.
    John Zinner, M.D.

About the Authors

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., is Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis and Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

This outstanding book breaks new ground by creating a united states of psychotherapy. One volume contains the best theory and practice of the major psychotherapies written lucidly by their leading proponents. Gabbard and colleagues also succeed in wedding modern neurobiology and psychopharmacology to the talking cure. In thus advancing psychiatric treatment the authors treat the reader to something old, something new, something borrowed, and something true.—David Spiegel, M.D., Willson Professor & Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford Univ School of Medicine, Co-Editor of Traumatic Dissociation: Neurobiology and Treatment

This landmark volume fills an essential niche in the field of mental health. It presents the diverse and evolving field of psychotherapy, both theory and practice, in a scholarly yet immediately accessible way. The editors and authors, all experts in their fields, have given us a text that can be used to define a curriculum for training as well as an indispensable resource for mental health clinicians at every level of experience. Dr. Gabbard has coordinated an essential psychotherapy text that could not have been written until now and will enhance the lives of clinicians and their patients well into the future.—David A. Goldberg, M.D., Past President and Executive Director, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT), Past President, Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP), Vice Chair for Education, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco

Rare indeed is a book that includes both scholarly reviews of psychotherapy theory and psychotherapy practice, and which is written in a clear and concise manner. Not only does this text deliver on this difficult task, but also covers all the main forms of psychotherapy in use today. Gabbard is to be commended for this excellent work, with an outstanding and well known group of authors, which starts with providing an outstanding conceptual framework and ends with up to the minute practical clinical material. This will rapidly become a standard text for any student of psychotherapy, no matter what discipline.—Allan Tasman, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences University of Louisville School of Medicine; President, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists; Secretary for Education, World Psychiatric Association; Past President, American Psychiatric Association

Glen Gabbard's Textbook of Psychotherapeutic Treatments is a timely and valuable antidote to the common current belief that medication is the panacea for psychiatric patients. Covering theory, technique, indications and efficacy, his comprehensive review of a full range of psychotherapies is just what trainees and practicing psychiatrists need to help them achieve the competency in psychotherapy now mandated for psychiatry residencies by the Residency Review Committee. The rich examples and vignettes, evidence-based efficacy data and additional sections on combined treatments provide a road map for clinicians and are a boon to the field.—Lisa A. Mellman, M.D., Clinical Professor of PsychiatryColumbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, Past President of American Association of Psychiatry Residency Training Directors, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

This is a clear and comprehensive review of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal and supportive therapy, as well as group, family, and couples therapy. There are many handbooks available targeting specific therapies, but this book includes discussions of multiple therapeutic interventions. This is a great resource and I would highly recommend it.—Doody Enterprises, Inc., 3/1/2009

This book is an excellent reference for residents, therapists, psychologists, and practicing psychiatrist who wishes to fortify and expand his or her knowledge of psychotherapeutic interventions, their theoretical bases, and current advances in exploration of their neurobiological correlate.—Lina Cassandra Vawter, M.D., Psychiatric Services, 3/1/2009

This wonderful textbook confirms that psychotherapy in its theory, practice, and research is alive and well. Psychiatric residents should specially appreciate his textbook as they learn the craft and science of psychotherapy to complement their growing skills as biological- based clinicians.—Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D.,, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

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