Saving Talk Therapy: How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science are Ruining Good Mental Health Care

BEACON PRESS, 2018

In recent decades there has been a decline in the quality and availability of psychotherapy in America that has gone largely unnoticed—even though rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are on the rise. Saving Talk Therapy is a passionate and deeply researched case for in-depth, personally transformative psychotherapy that incorporates the benefits of an evidence-based approach and psychotropic drugs without over-relying on them.

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“Saving Talk Therapy is a compelling, meticulously researched, and accessible account…for the millions of mental health patients who are dissatisfied with the dehumanized treatments they have received, and for the thousands of young mental health professionals who know the work they are doing feels much less rewarding than they had thought it would be, this is the book to read.”

Ronald B. Miller, professor of psychology, St. Michael’s College, and author of Not So Abnormal Psychology: A Pragmatic View of Mental Illness


Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Beacon Press, 2013

Why do doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric conditions? Back to Normal reminds us of the normalcy of children’s seemingly abnormal behavior. It will give parents of struggling children hope, perspective, and direction. And it will make everyone who deals with children question the changes in our society that have contributed to the astonishing increase in childhood psychiatric diagnoses.

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“Back to Normal is outstanding. Careful, measured, wise, compassionate, and powerful. Finally, someone is suggesting that lots of awkward, angry, tuned out, defiant kids are not suffering from mental illness but rather, are coming to terms with the human condition. And they shouldn't be medicated for it.

- Peg Tyre, author of New York Times best seller, The Trouble with Boys


Emotion-Regulating Play Therapy with ADHD Children: Staying with Playing

first ed., aronson, 2008

The first book of its kind, Staying with Playing seeks to formulate an understanding of ADHD and its treatment within the domain of children's emotional development. It masterfully frames the various ways in which ADHD symptoms are really atypical ways of grappling with emotional experiences. Moreover, it sketches out a manner of conducting play therapy with ADHD children to enhance their emotion-regulation skills that is grounded in the therapist embodying an energetic, participatory style of engaging children. Includes ample clinical case descriptions.

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“A refreshing new look at ADHD, both in terms of its origins and its treatments…It is the play itself, rather than the meaning of the play that is crucial in the treatment. I found Dr. Gnaulati's work exciting, highly credible, well documented and hopeful. I encourage all psychotherapists to familiarize themselves with his groundbreaking work.”

James Grotstein M.D., University of California at Los Angeles