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Witchdoctors and Psychiatrists: The Common Roots of Psychotherapy: Reflections on Then and Now By Gilbert R. Valdez

January 16th, 2012

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In his compelling work, E. Fuller Torrey described in detail the four basic components that make therapy successful across cultures. Torrey explained through his rigorous research each of the four components: a shared worldview, the personal qualities of the therapist, the expectations of the client, and an emerging sense of mastery. Torrey used the analogy of a horse and canary pie. The four components are analogous to the horse, and techniques are analogous to the canary. Successful therapy then, can be obtained with more horse, and less canary. Torrey clearly indicates that all psychotherapy is at its best, on the same scientific plane regardless of orientation and culture. Torrey weaved a complex web of pluralistic ideas regarding effective therapeutic practice. The book Witchdoctors and Psychiatrists was published in 1986 as a challenge to the profession of psychotherapy and counseling to embrace all forms of assistance and healers, in a grand endeavor to treat more efficiently and effectively all clients in a multicultural context. It remains a critical robust examination of the salient issues in counseling and psychotherapy today.

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