Written by father-daughter psychologists Nick and Janet Cummings, this text provides proven patient-responsive interventions by practitioners who together have nearly a century of hands-on practice and innovation between them. Refocused Psychotherapy responds directly to the recent decline of psychosocial services and helps to put psychotherapy back as the first line intervention in mental health.
The authors teach psychotherapists how to work side by side with primary care physicians to provide efficacy, effectiveness, and efficiency—the standards psychotherapeutic intervention is held up to. Detailed case studies are followed up by discussions of diagnosis, personality type, homework, and therapeutic techniques that show readers how to form their own case conceptualizations. The authors also teach readers how to treat their patients individually and to diagnose effectively through their onion/garlic conceptualization. Finally, they provide lists of common abbreviations that are helpful to know when reading prescriptions, and lists of drugs, drug interactions, dosage, and side effects that expand readers’ vocabulary and allow them to be more knowledgeable as they work with primary care physicians. These innovative and revealing techniques will help readers develop the skills necessary for cost-effective therapeutic results.

chapter |7 pages


How it Was: The Golden Age of Psychotherapy

chapter 1|10 pages

A Return to Psychopathology and Pathophysiology

Validity and Effectiveness

chapter 2|8 pages

Cause-and-Effect Psychotherapy

Treating More than Just Symptoms

chapter 4|34 pages


Staying One Step Ahead of the Patient's Resistance

chapter 5|21 pages

Incisive, Effective Intervention

chapter 6|36 pages

Onion/Garlic Psychodynamics

Onion that is Analyzable

chapter 7|31 pages

Onion/Garlic Psychodynamics

Garlic that is Analyzable

chapter 8|20 pages

Onion/Garlic Psychodynamics

Onion that is Non-analyzable

chapter 9|10 pages

Onion/Garlic Psychodynamics

Garlic that is Non-analyzable

chapter 10|12 pages

Treating Suicidal Patients

chapter 11|14 pages

Co-Located Integrated Behavioral/Primary Care

The Hallway Handoff

chapter 12|13 pages

Extreme Therapy