The Human Elements of Psychotherapy : A Nonmedical Model of Emotional Healing, Hardback Book

The Human Elements of Psychotherapy : A Nonmedical Model of Emotional Healing Hardback


The dominant paradigm in psychotherapy is the medical model, which views therapy as a clinical treatment rather than a healing interpersonal connection.

Words like patient, diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, and modalities reflect this medically oriented view of therapy. In this book, David Elkins cogently argues that while the medical model remains widely accepted, science shows it to be inappropriate.

A wealth of evidence suggests that healing occurs through human connection and social interaction, not modalities and techniques. Elkins presents a nonmedical model of psychotherapy - one that places common factors, particularly human factors, at the centre and moves modalities and techniques to the periphery.

In this concise volume, he summarizes the supporting evidence from various fields, including clinical psychology, attachment theory, social relationships research, neuroscience, and evolutionary theory. All of these fields show that humans are evolved to develop, maintain, and restore our emotional well-being through human connection and social interaction.

Thus, psychotherapy can best be understood as an expression of social healing.

After presenting this model and its vast supporting evidence, Elkins then discusses important implications for clinical research, training, and practice.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Psychotherapy
  • ISBN: 9781433820663



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