International Case Studies in Mental Health presents a variety of global cases from both developed and developing countries, detailing descriptions of the people who are seeking help to eliminate their distress and of the exceptional practitioners who provide the help. In most of the cases, the practitioner is someone who shares a similar heritage with her or his help seeker, and who is influenced at least partly by Western psychotherapy traditions. Each chapter also is a showcase of how scholars pair up with mental health practitioners to create a work that weaves together contextual and individual qualities to inform an understanding of the help-seeker and the intervention.

This book aims to help prepare both mental health trainees and practicing professionals to be effective in the provision of healing in their work with people in different regions of the world. Consequently, the authors hope to offer practitioners a glimpse of what can be achieved in these regions by people whose reputations within the respective communities are strong.

The Case Study of Therapy with a Swiss Woman: An Action Theory Perspective

The case study of therapy with a Swiss Woman: An action theory perspective
Richard A.Young

Introduction of the Authors

The following case is presented by Richard Young and Ladislav Valach, who have known each other and worked together for more than 20 years. Valach, a psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice in Switzerland, provided the treatment of this patient. As a licensed psychotherapist in Switzerland, he successfully completed the requisite clinical training and has practiced as a psychotherapist since 1998. Valach also engaged in an extensive university teaching and research career in psychology at the Universities of Bern and Zurich as well as at an outpatient clinic of a university hospital. Thus, he is considered ...

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