Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

2006

Abstract

Reviews the book, "Good Goodbyes: Knowing How to End in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis" by Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick (see record 2006-05376-000). Deciding when to end clinical therapy and how to end it well can be a mystifying process. In "Good Goodbyes: Knowing How to End in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis", Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick share insights from their vast combined experience to diminish the mystery of therapeutic closure. The book, which is firmly based in psychoanalytic theory, uses a question format to explore the many hows, whys, whats, and whens of termination. The authors outline treatment stages along the path to the therapeutic conclusion, all the while fine-tuning a constructive approach for supplying the good in goodbye. Although it is comprehensively psychoanalytic, "Good Goodbyes" presents a solid contribution to understanding the process of properly ending psychotherapy. Applying the lessons set forth in this text will enhance the long-term positive changes that are possible through effective psychotherapy.

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Originally published in PsycCritiques (http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/psyccritiques/)

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