States and Processes for Mental Health: Advancing Psychotherapy Effectiveness presents a novel mechanism of action for psychotherapy, revealing how psychotherapy actually works by advancing key states and processes characterizing mental health. This new understanding is presented in three sections. The first section identifies 7 states and processes for mental health. The second section examines 15 major forms of psychotherapy and non-specific factors with a comprehensive overview of each, followed by an empirical and theoretical proof of concept showing how they do indeed enhance the states and processes for mental health. In the third section, the author explores conceptual and practical problems in the current approach to psychotherapy, whereby discrete forms of psychotherapy are oriented to remedying psychopathology. Dr. Bowins then offers a new trans-therapy approach applying general strategies and those derived from existing forms of psychotherapy, to advance each of the states and processes characterizing mental health.
Identifies states and processes for mental health-activity, psychological defense mechanisms, social connectedness, regulation, human specific cognition, self-acceptance, and adaptability
Reveals how current forms of psychotherapy and non-specific factors actually advance the states and processes characterizing mental health
Demonstrates problems with the current system of psychotherapy
Provides a novel unified approach to psychotherapy
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SECTION 1 1. Introduction 2. Activity 3. Psychological Defense Mechanisms 4. Social Connectedness 5. Regulation 6. Human Specific Cognition 7. Self-Acceptance 8. Adaptability 9. Conclusion
SECTION 2 10. Introduction 11. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 12. Behavioral Therapy 13. Cognitive Therapy 14. Compassion-Focused Therapy 15. Emotion-Focused Therapy 16. Existential Psychotherapy 17. Gestalt Therapy 18. Interpersonal Psychotherapy 19. Mindfulness-Based Therapy 20. Narrative Therapy 21. Person-Centered Therapy 22. Positive Psychotherapy 23. Problem-Solving Therapy 24. Psychoanalytic Therapy 25. Rational-Emotive Therapy 26. Non-Specific Factors 27. Conclusion
SECTION 3 28. Problems with the Discrete Approach 29. Moving Forward
Dr. Bowins is a psychiatrist, researcher, and founder of The Centre For Theoretical Research In Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology (psychiatrytheory.com). His research and writings challenge the status quo, fostering paradigm shifts so crucial to the advancement of science and knowledge. Several theoretical perspectives, presented in peer-reviewed papers and Mental Illness Defined: Continuums, Regulation, And Defense (Routledge, 2016), have advanced the way that key aspects of mental illness are understood including psychological defense mechanisms, psychosis and schizophrenia, hypomania, continuums, regulation, personality disorders, repetitive maladaptive behavior, and dissociation. In addition, other peer-reviewed papers and books provide unique perspective on topics such as motion sickness, the nature of the conscious and unconscious mind, sexual orientation, and men's health.