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       From the Back Cover 

About the Book:  In Practicing Psychotherapy in Constructed Reality: Ritual, Charisma, and Enhanced Client Outcomes, Stephen Bacon charts a radical and provocative new direction forward for psychotherapy. Based on the research finding that techniques have no inherent power, and the insights of constructionism, Bacon explores new ways of understanding therapeutic rituals, therapist charisma, and client-centered therapy. Special emphasis is given to an analysis of the work of master therapists, and all of the concepts are illustrated with numerous clinical examples. Finally, Bacon develops a geography of constructed reality which pragmatically supports deliberate practice and therapist mindfulness. 

“Practicing Psychotherapy in Constructed Reality is a groundbreaking new book that challenges the psychotherapeutic orthodoxy in insightful and provocative ways. Stephen Bacon provides a systemic, scholarly analysis of the current state of psychotherapy as well as a profound and imaginative reconceptualization of why psychotherapy is indeed effective. He mines a rich trove of the psychological and philosophical literatures, peppered with clinical examples, to expose the inner workings of the profession, dispute some of our most cherished beliefs, and offer creative suggestions on how to be a powerful psychotherapy change agent.” Kjell Erik Rudestam, Fielding Graduate University 

“Despite being on the scene for nearly 150 years, psychotherapy has never had mass appeal. The majority of people who could benefit actively choose not to go. What is more, significant numbers end contact before achieving a reliable improvement in their well-being—25% or more after a single visit. Stephen Bacon’s thought-provoking book not only explains why, but offers a practical and effective alternative for engaging people in therapy and improving outcomes.” Scott D. Miller, Director of International Center for Clinical Excellence  

“This provocative book advocates the idea that the therapist is at the core of what makes psychotherapy an effective treatment. Bacon challenges prevailing wisdom by encouraging therapists to develop greater charisma if they want to maximize their impact on client mental health. A stimulating read.” Michael J. Lambert, Brigham Young University

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