In this new addition to our very popular ‘Straight Talking Introductions’ series, two experienced psychotherapists provide a simple, factual, objective explanation of what you get when you seek therapy. Based on the latest research, this book tells you what works (and doesn’t work), how it works, what you should look for from therapy and your therapist, and what to do if it isn’t helping. With more than 500 different types of talking therapy on offer, mostly provided in the private sector, it can be a bewildering experience trying to find what will best help you with your problems. But therapy does work, and this essential guide will help you get the most from what it offers.
1. Why therapy is worth it, and how it will help you
2. Who’s who
3. What’s what
4. Your preferences and what will work for you
5. What makes good therapy?
6. What does bad therapy look like?
7. Can technology improve therapy?
8. Medication and psychedelics
9. Are you ready and are you serious?
Further reading and resources
‘Given how life-changingly important therapy can be, and given how mind-boggling confusing the world of therapy, it’s a wonder we don’t have more books like this. Drawing on their deep commitment to therapy’s potential, Johnston and Wotton offer a text that is as accessible and jargon-free as it is comprehensive and solidly researched. From choosing best therapist for your needs, understanding all your options, staying safe, and getting the most out of what might be one of the most important decisions of your life, this book has it all. This is a must-read for anyone considering therapy.’ Aaron Balick, PhD, Psychotherapist and Author
‘So much is written for therapists about how best to support clients with a range of problems, but so little for people who are the clients, wondering how best to navigate the therapeutic ‘process’. Indeed, the language used by therapists, the different types of therapies and the expectations on how best to use the time available are sometimes unfathomable. This is a superb text that, in plain and accessible language, demystifies the whole endeavour – from start to finish. In writing this wonderful book, Johnston and Wotton have created an invaluable resource for anyone thinking of therapy, to best position them to walk through the door (or log in online) with more confidence and understanding of what might happen. This compelling and highly-readable book might be seen as the first part of therapy itself, in equipping the client with insight, knowledge and autonomy as take their first steps.’ Professor Andrew Reeves
‘Graham Johnston and Matt Wotton are therapists on a mission to explain the world of the mind and how therapy can help many of us live more satisfying lives. Avoiding jargon, this short book accurately explains what talking therapy is like and can achieve, as well as highlighting relevant research. The authors are encouraging and supportive, but also honest about the hard work that therapy may require. I sense that their inclusive, readable style will convert many readers to take the plunge and look for a therapist of their own.’ Louise Chunn, founder of therapist-matching platform Welldoing
'Therapy can be a minefield. This eye-opening book will guide you through.'. The European
‘As every GP knows, referring a patient for therapy often involves a long wait and very little choice in the treatment they get. And sometimes patients just can’t wait. Those lucky enough to be able to find low cost therapy or pay for therapy themselves need this book to help them navigate the minefield of unregulated private practice. It tells you what to look for and, just as importantly, what to avoid. It’s exactly the kind of book I would have liked to to be able to recommend to my patients’. Dr Ivor Robinson - retired GP
‘This is a well researched and useful resource, especially for those who don’t qualify or can’t wait for NHS help and who need to access services from the voluntary sector or from private providers. It’s the kind of book I’d recommend professionally and personally’. Claire Vilarrubi - Forensic Psychologist
‘Knowing where to start when you think you might need help from a therapist is a daunting prospect. You don’t know what you don’t know. This book is a must - a credible, straightforward and objective guide to the world of therapy. It’s well researched, clearly written, easy to read and understand’. Jeremy Lowe - Investment Manager