Corrective experiences are events that challenge one's fear or expectations and lead to new outcomes. They are often facilitated by a skilled therapist as a breakthrough in the client's efforts to engage in new behaviours, adopt more healthy ways of relating to others, develop a more positive view of self, or feel previously unacceptable feelings. As such, corrective experiences play a central role in transformative processes fostered in different forms of psychotherapy. Yet despite their playing such a crucial role in therapy, there has been scant research and theoretical attention devoted to the nature of corrective experiences, what therapeutic mechanisms trigger them, or their consequences for positive outcomes. Veteran psychotherapy scholars Louis Castonguay and Clara Hill team up again for this comprehensive look at corrective experiences across the main psychotherapeutic approaches. Presented in two parts, this edited volume brings together leading scholar-practitioners to map out the theoretical bases of corrective experiences (Part I) and new research on transformative events across various client perspectives, different psychotherapeutic schools, and treatments for specific clinical problems, such as generalised anxiety disorder and anorexia nervosa (Part II). Written for the therapist as well as the clinical researcher, Transformation in Psychotherapy provides conceptually sophisticated and clinically rich perspectives of the process of change that will appeal to scholars and graduate students specialising in psychotherapy practice and research.
Louis G. Castonguay, PhD, completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, a clinical internship at U.C. Berkeley, and a Post-doctorate at Stanford University. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Psychology at Penn State University. With more than 120 publications (including four co-edited books), his scholarly work and research focus on different aspects of the process of change and training, especially within the context of psychotherapy integration of psychotherapy. He is also involved in the investigation of the efficacy of new integrative treatments for generalised anxiety disorder and depression, and the development of Practice Research Networks aimed at facilitating the collaboration between clinicians and researchers. He has received several awards, including the Early Career Contribution Award from the Society of Psychotherapy Research, and the David Shakow Award from APA's Division of Clinical Psychology. He has also received four recognition's from the APA Division of Psychotherapy: the Jack D. Krasner Memorial Award, the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentoring, the Distinguished Research Publications Award, and the Distinguished Psychologist Award for his lifetime contributions to the field of psychotherapy. He also served as President of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, as well as the International Society for Psychotherapy Research.