Psychotherapy: A Very Short Introduction [#416]
Psychotherapy: A Very Short Introduction [#416]

Psychotherapy: A Very Short Introduction [#416]

Tom Burns; Eva Burns-Lundgren


  • Explores the basic principles of the main psychotherapies and their practice
  • Looks at the individuals who contributed to the rise of psychotherapy
  • Describes what can be expected from the different forms of psychotherapy and provides a balanced assessment of their effectiveness
  • Provides a practical focus on what happens during psychotherapy, demystifying the process for newcomers to the subject

Psychotherapy and counselling are now widely available to help people overcome emotional and psychological difficulties in their lives. They involve spending time with a professional in an emotionally safe and structured relationship to explore and express the issues that cause distress and difficulty, whether long term self-doubts, relationship problems, or the impact of a trauma or crisis. As a society, we now take this focus on talking through and understanding our identity and relationships for granted, but it is hardly more than a century old. 
In this Very Short Introduction, Tom Burns and Eva Burns-Lundgren trace the development of psychotherapy from its origins in Freud's psychoanalysis to the range of different approaches - counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, and other time-limited therapies, mindfulness, group and family therapies, and many more. Describing the processes central to them all and highlighting their differences, they demonstrate what problems each therapy are best suited for. They explain the principles behind the most commonly available types of psychotherapies and provide examples of what patients can expect when they seek such help. They conclude by examining the practice of psychotherapy - the types of training psychotherapists have, the safeguards that exist to keep practice reliable, and how one goes about choosing a psychotherapist. 

"from my perspective as a practitioner and professor, this book contributes very well as either a refresher book for those who have been outside the field, potential career changers and for just about anyone seeking a quick guide discussing different psychotherapies. The diverse case studies presented and the varied visual aids really keep the reader engaged throughout." - Victoria Comerchero, Psychology Learning and Teaching

"This little book is remarkable given that in such a small space it manages to capture in clear, detailed, and succinct prose the essence of the psychotherapeutic traditions it describes. At the end of the book the reader will have a clearer understanding of the differences between different therapies, how they are used, and their histories. it is informative and written in easily understandable prose. this is an excellent, short, and moreover cheap introduction to the field of psychotherapy." - Psychotherapy Section Review

"a lightweight and entertaining summary" - The Psychologist, Richard Potter


1: What is psychotherapy and who is it for?
2: Freud and the discovery of the unconscious
3: Post-Freudians - moving towards the interpersonal.
4: Time-limited psychotherapy
5: Counselling
6: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
7: Family, group and interactive therapies
8: Psychotherapy now and in the future


Tom Burns, Professor of Social Psychiatry, University of Oxford, and Eva Burns-Lundgren, UKCP/ACAT Psychotherapist
Tom Burns trained in medicine in Cambridge and London and in psychiatry in Scotland and London, including a training as a Group Analyst. After three years in Sweden he worked for ten years as an NHS consultant psychiatrist in St Georges Hospital, south London. He took up the Chair of Social Psychiatry at Oxford University in 2003. His main research interests are in the optimal care of psychosis patients in the community and more recently on coercion (both formal and informal) and its impact on the therapeutic relationship. He was awarded a CBE for his services to mental health in 2006.

Eva Burns-Lundgren trained as a social worker in Sweden in the 1970s, and went on to practise as a generic and mental health social worker in the UK, before retraining as a psychotherapist in the 1990s. She is accredited as psychotherapist in the UK with the UKCP and ACAT, and also with the European Association for Psychotherapy. She has practised within university and national health service settings and for 10 years ran the university accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy course in Oxford. She is now retired from the NHS but continues to practise privately and in a trainer and examiner capacity.


ISBN : 9780199689361

Tom Burns; Eva Burns-Lundgren
152 ページ
111 x 174 mm
Very Short Introductions





Psychotherapy: A Very Short Introduction [#416]

Psychotherapy: A Very Short Introduction [#416]

Psychotherapy: A Very Short Introduction [#416]