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Parker, Y. (1985). Basic Psychotherapy by Richard Parry. Published by Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh; 204 pp.; £4.25,. Brit. J. Psychother., 1(4):299.

(1985). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 1(4):299

Basic Psychotherapy by Richard Parry. Published by Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh; 204 pp.; £4.25,

Review by:
Y. Parker

The assumption of innate knowledge of classical psychoanalytical concepts and the use of jargon render most textbooks on psychotherapy almost unintelligible to the novice. Richard Parry's book provides a refreshing and stimulating entry to this world. Well written and easy to read, it is lightened by humorous insight into the discrepancy sometimes found between the ‘ideal’ and the actual practice of therapy. Aspiring therapists will recognise with some relief that even experienced colleagues are liable to similar pitfalls and difficulties.

The goals and likely limitations of therapy are clearly outlined and illustrated by examples in the early chapters of the book. As an anxious apprentice I particularly appreciated the practical advice concerning establishing a therapeutic relationship. The ‘sea. t’ of what the therapist actually says or does is often avoided by other texts and mysteriously withheld by tutors.

Medical students, general practitioners and trainee therapists alike will find this book invaluable in demystifying a complex subject and instilling the confidence to explore a rewarding area of clinical practice.

Y. Parker


St. George's Hospital

London S. W.

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