Therapy Thieves: How to Save Mental Health Care from Its Providers

ISBN : 9780197516782

Francis A. Martin
304 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Acting on what started as a hunch, Dr. Francis Martin has cataloged well over 20,000 distinct approaches to counseling and psychotherapy that are advertised on the webpages of licensed, practicing mental health providers.

No doubt some portion of them are harmful, but the sheer volume of advertised practices and techniques, often with names deceptively similar to actual evidence-based practices, should be cause for concern among all stakeholders in the helping professions - from educators and researchers to policy makers and insurance companies and, especially, consumers.

Based on this significant original study, and drawing from other research and supports, Therapy Thieves describes a near-universal crisis in the field and recommends ways to rescue mental health care from itself.
The crisis is caused by declining competence among counselors and psychotherapists who have failed to regulate themselves and who, therefore, deliver inadequate - if not harmful - services.
In presenting a simple, yet powerful indictment of the field, Dr. Martin advocates for major reforms in several areas of mental health care, including how prospective licensees are trained, supervised and licensed, a major reworking of professional ethics, and the need to establish regulations for mental health care providers. In short, the book calls for major, specific, and urgently needed reforms.


1. Kismetic Psychotherapy
2. The Long Conversation About Counseling and Psychotherapy
3. 21,758: The Scariest Number in the Psychotherapy World
4. Observations About Multiple Therapeutic Approaches
5. Interpretation of Multiple Therapeutic Approaches
6. What Is Psychotherapy?
7. Counseling and Psychotherapy Reform: What We Can Do Together by Francis A. Martin and Janet Turner
8. Counseling and Psychotherapy Reform: What Each Counselor and Psychotherapist Can Do
9. Guiding Principles of Mental Health Care Reform
Appendix A: Therapeutic Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy Identified in This Book
Appendix B: Titles of Licenses for Mental Health Care Providers


Francis A. Martin, PhD, is a Retired Professor and Adjunct Instructor in Counselor Education & Supervision at Lindsey Wilson College.
He is the Director of The Center for Clinical Training, in Nashville, Tennessee and co-author of Clinical Supervision in the Real World.