How and Why Are Some Therapists Better Than Others?


Louis G. Castonguay & Clara E. Hill

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American Psychological Association

How and Why Are Some Therapists Better Than Others?: Understanding Therapist Effects Hardcover – May 15, 2017  

by Louis G. CastonguayClara E. Hill

We know intuitively that some therapists are better than others, but we don’t fully understand why. To answer this question, Louis Castonguay and Clara Hill compiled this comprehensive guide that brings together expert scholars and clinicians from a variety of theoretical backgrounds. They explore the empirical foundations of therapist effects as a broad concept and propose practical strategies to help mental health practitioners become more effective. Chapters also closely examine specific therapist characteristics, skills, and attitudes that are relevant to all clinical contexts, including therapeutic presence, cultural competence, reactions to negative emotions, and humor.

About the Author

Louis G. Castonguay, PhD, completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, he completed a clinical internship at the University of California, Berkeley, and he completed his postdoctorate at Stanford University. He is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology at Penn State University.

Clara E. Hill, PhD, completed her doctorate in counseling psychology at Southern Illinois University and a clinical internship at University of Florida. She is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 1 edition (May 15, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433827719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433827716
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

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