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Highly accessible eBook describes principles behind every therapy that allow us to follow process rather than method. Click to get it along with Dr. Smith’s infographic as a visual introduction .

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Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide (Springer 2017)

Part 1:  Why people have the problems we treat in psychotherapy and how therapy works to change them; Part 2: How to conduct sessions; Part 3:  Catalog of problems you will encounter in practice and how to work with them. Compatible with all schools and orientations because it approaches universal processes that underlie all therapies.


“A thoughtful, integrative guide to psychotherapy from a wise and seasoned psychiatrist. Dr. Smith demonstrates charity to all therapies that work and malice only toward the rigid and ineffective. His emphasis on entrenched dysfunctional patterns and affect avoidance will prove useful to practitioners of all professions and persuasions.”   John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Professor,  University of Scranton & SUNY Upstate Medical University, co-editor of Handbook of Psychotherapy Integration

“It is remarkable how much Jeffery Smith packs into a small, readable volume.  Covering a wide range of theoretical perspectives and clinical challenges, Smith lays out clearly and in detail how he works and offers a valuable integrative understanding of the essential elements in good clinical work.  An important contribution to the field.   Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D.  CUNY Distinguished Professor, City College of New York

Books For Consumers and Professionals:

A unique look into the world of intensive therapy for people who have, for the most part, experienced neglect, abuse and attachment problems in early life. Dr. Smith’s posts and answers help make sense of intense feelings towards therapists, while reader comments give a glimpse into the complexities of patient-therapist interaction. $2.99.

This new e-book tells you how to get the most out of any therapy and goes further to explain why humans have problems, how to trade them in on healthy patterns and helps you understand the specifics of your own unique journey. Written in plain language, easy to read. $2.99.

A definitive guide to personal change in therapy and in life. Written in plain language with many examples and specifics to help the reader understand just how the most painful feelings and problems can be resolved.

Recommended by Dr. Smith:

Meg Jay: The Defining Decade

This is a wonderful book for young adults charting their way into adult life. Meg Jay has new, fresh and well researched ideas in every chapter. I strongly recommend it! Click to order from Amazon.

Sue Johnson: Love Sense

I love Sue Johnson’s emotion focused approach to marital therapy. This book gives a more scientific, treatment of the why and how.

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Sue Johnson: Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
In this classic, Sue Johnson speaks to couples about how to bring emotional closeness into a marriage.

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Rosalind Wiseman: Queen Bees and Wannabes
This delightful read is the book behind the movie “Mean Girls.” Wiseman has collected a great deal of direct material from girls as well as her excellent insights on the social fabric of a young girls world. I recommend this for every parent of a pre-teen, girl or boy. It is a must-read for professionals who want to understand and help mothers and their young teens and pre-teens.

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Bessel van der Kolk: The Body Keeps the Score
A must-read for every professional who deals with trauma. A humanistic but well founded look at trauma and recovery. For consumers, while technical and not so easy to read, it is today’s definitive work on the subject.

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Jack Panksepp: The Archeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotion
This wonderful and ground-breaking book is tough going, even for a psychiatrist, but well worth it. Panskepp brings clarity to a vast range of research findings on links between animal emotions to those that constantly color our human motivations and experiences. Readers will be rewarded with a fresh appreciation for the feeling underpinnings of what it is to be human.

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Robert Karen: Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love
I love Karen’s writing as he weaves the story of attachment and the work of Bowlby and Ainsworth. This is an important starting point for understanding attachment as well as a great read in itself.

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Melissa Orlov: The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps
Orlov’s book is an excellent look at the powerful ways ADHD affects marriages, and what to do about it. It is equally useful for couples and clinicians.

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