A Therapist's Guide to Understanding Common Medical Problems

Addressing a Client's Mental and Physical Health

Andrew Kolbasovsky (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

Everything mental health clinicians need to know about the medical conditions of their patients.

People seeking therapy for mental health issues often also have medical problems such as diabetes, AIDS, asthma, or heart conditions. As a therapist, should you ignore the medical conditions that your clients may have, and simply stick to what you’re trained in, healing the mind and not focusing on medical or bodily issues? Or, should you inquire about any medical issues during intake and give them full attention? As a non-medically trained practitioner, how much should you really be expected to know about these issues? These answers and more can be found in this book. Geared specifically to nonmedically trained mental health professionals, it gives practitioners a better understanding of exactly how physical health issues play out in the context of mental health issues, equipping clinicians with the information necessary to more effectively create and manage a comprehensive psychotherapeutic treatment regimen.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • March 2008
  • ISBN 978-0-393-70535-5
  • 6.5 × 9.6 in / 256 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“[T]his book should be at arm’s length of any therapist.” — United States Association for Body Psychotherapy Newsletter

“This book is destined to become the standard reference for mental health clinicians who will keep it on their desktops for constant reference. Veteran and beginning practitioners alike— as well as students in related graduate training programs—will find this handbook to medical conditions invaluable to their therapy work.” — Edward Anselm, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York

“This book is recommended for all mental health clinicians.” — Metapsychology Online Reviews

“This book offers invaluable, practical and concrete medical information, which is desperately needed in graduate school programs and for therapists who are not trained as health psychologists.” — Tamara McClintock Greenberg, Psy.D., The National Psychologist

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