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Who's Crazy Anyway? Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Risks and Benefits of Psychotherapy, But Didn't Want to Have to Pay a Therapist to Find Out
by Joan Mazza, MS
iUniverse, June 2000


1. Preface: my ax to grind

2. How to use this book

3. Why do you want to begin psychotherapy?

4. What is the problem? How serious?

5. Is this a problem for psychotherapy or can I let time heal? Is the problem just part of the ups and downs of living?

6. Diagnosing yourself; evaluating your symptoms.

7. Symptoms as messages from the unconscious

8. Addiction

9. Sexual addiction or celebrating sexuality?

10. Codependency

11. Depression or a time to go inward and reflect?

12. Learned Optimism

13. Is the problem inside you or outside you?

14. The benefits of therapy and inner work

15. What is mental health? What is normal? Who decides?

16. When you want to persuade someone else to go to therapy

17. The impact of your therapy on your relationships

18. What are your goals and expectations?

19. Your contract for therapy

20. Choosing a therapist

21. Licensure, credentials, training, experience in
specialty or problem.

22. The therapist's own therapy experience

23. Referrals, word of mouth, professional acquaintance.

24. Young therapists and/or those new to the field

25. Interviewing a therapist on the phone; questions to ask

26. Patient rights and responsibilities, informed consent

27. Confidentiality and privacy

28. Respectful, concerned interest in you as a person

29. Money and fees

30. Insurance, how much, sliding scales

31. Who pays for your therapy?

32. Your first session

33. Ethical standards and professionalism

34. Therapist availability when you are in crisis

35. Scheduling sessions

36. Malleable minds

37. The transference and counter-transference

38. Falling in love with your therapist

39. Interpretations and projections

40. What is resistance?

41. Disagreeing with your therapist

42. Who holds the power and authority?

43. Alliances: divide and conquer

44. What are the beliefs and values affecting the therapy encounter?

45. What is your lens on the world?

46. Black and white thinking

47. Who does the talking?

48. What do you talk about? What are appropriate or necessary topics in therapy? Who decides on the focus of the therapy?

49. Having a respectful, attentive listener

50. Listening to yourself

51. Setting boundaries

52. Language and political correctness

53. The inter-relationship of thoughts, feelings, behaviors.

54. Psychological schools: psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, family systems, existential, spiritual, pastoral, Christian, eclectic.

55. Couples counseling or relationship therapy

56. Gay, bisexual, and polyamorous therapists

57. Directive vs. non-directive therapies

58. Advice and guidance

59. For Your Own Good

60. Advice outside of therapist's area of expertise. Would you take medical advice from your stock broker?

61. Confrontations and interventions: Is it tough love or abuse?

62. Racism, sexism, and stereotypes

63. Secrets and elitism

64. Cosmology and psychotheology

65. Religion and spirituality in psychotherapy

66. Hypnosis

67. Regression, past life therapy, and reincarnation

68. Inner child work

69. Repressed or recovered memories and false memory syndrome

70. Treatment for sexual and physical abuse

71. Dreams and nightmares

72. Rituals

73. Role play, psychodrama, and Gestalt therapy

74. Brief psychotherapy, solution-focused psychotherapy
The miracle question

75. Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)

76. Rational-Emotive Therapy (RET)

77. Breathwork and rebirthing

78. Sex therapy

79. Constructive Living: Morita and Naikan psychotherapy

80. Narrative therapy

81. EMDR

82. Life skills training

83. Homework and directives

84. What are the possible dangers? Abuses of therapy

85. Are there "crazy therapies"?

86. When your personal belief system is judged as "crazy"

87. Getting another opinion

88. The "One True Path" — gurus and megalomaniacs

89. How do you feel after your sessions and about your therapist?

90. Trust and safety; therapy as a safe place

91. When therapy shrinks the Self; Therapist as an "expander"

92. When the therapist tries to remake you in his/her own image

93. Therapy as "a cell of revolution"

94. Judging your progress

95. Analysis paralysis

96. Dependence vs. autonomy and freedom

97. Making your own decisions and choices

98. Isolation and attachment

99. Diagnosis and being a patient

100. Medication

101. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT or shock therapy)

102. Hospitalization

103. How much therapy is enough? When are you done?

104. Termination

105. When to leave your therapist — definite no-noes that tell you to exit.

106. Changing therapists

107. Trusting your own mind and feelings

108. Putting yourself in charge of your life

109. Lifelong learning

110. Group therapy — advantages, other points of view, safety

111. Support groups

112. 12-Step groups

113. Re-evaluation Counseling (RC) and Co-counseling

114. Self-therapy: journals, art, writing, creative expression

115. Forming your own network of support and encouragement

116. Advocates, mentors, and teachers

117. Body work for self-awareness and stability: yoga, meditation, music, dance, massage, exercise

118. Workshops and personal growth seminars

119. Bibliotherapy: self-help books and tapes, reading for mental and emotional health

120.Taking personal growth and self-awareness into action; Making changes in your life


Call Joan Mazza at (540) 872-2332 for more information.


  Joan Mazza, M.S. LMHC