When I first began studying the process of psychotherapy more than forty years ago, the landscape of the field was very different from the way it is now. The relatively few theoretical positions in existence at the time competed for loyal adherents, and therapists needed to openly declare their preferred therapy orientation if they were to be
successfully passed by licensing board examiners who typically viewed “eclectic” as the equivalent of “wishy-washy.” The most basic elements of effective psychotherapy had not yet been identified and articulated, largely because therapy wasn’t yet particularly concerned with being effective in promoting change. Instead, therapy was more concerned with being theoretically sophisticated and psychologically “deep” than with producing specific therapeutic results. I

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