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Howard Rosenthal, EdD

Howard Rosenthal, EdD, is professor and program coordinator of Human Services at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. He is the author of a number of books including the Encyclopedia of Counseling, The Authentic Purple Book, and the companion audio program used by counselors nationwide to pass licensing and certification exams. The book took the number one slot for Routledge's 2010 top ten counseling book list for the US and overseas in 2010. His text Favorite Counseling and Therapy Techniques is a publisher's bestseller. Dr. Rosenthal has lectured to over 100,000 people. His website is

What if It's All Been a Big Fat Psychotherapeutic Lie?

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 11/28/10 - 1:22 PM
In the early 90's I developed a classroom exercise to teach my students an important academic lesson. This is one of those experiential exercises where the professor feels holier- than- thou because he or sheknows the outcome in advance. 

First, I placed the students in groups of two's and asked one of the students to play the part of the helper while the other played the part of the client who tells a real or fictitious problem.Next I pulled...

Methinks Jay Haley Hit the Bull's Eye

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 11/7/10 - 11:39 AM
My client began her session with an interesting saga. In an attempt to improve her health she began each day by ingesting a nutritional drink that was loaded with nearly 100 superfoods. Since I personally take enough vitamin and mineral supplements a day to capsize a small battleship, I was all ears. Unfortunately, my client lamented that the supplement seemed counter-productive. That is to say, instead of having unlimited energy, she was nearly falling asleep at the wheel on the...

Why a Therapist Should Care About a Client's Favorite Brand of Shampoo

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 10/27/10 - 9:16 AM
When I was a youngster my father owned a company that manufactured shampoos and hair conditioners.  His bestseller was the original Rum & Egg Shampoo, a product he invented himself.  Now here’s where the story gets a little humorous (or perhaps not so humorous depending on your vantage point).  We would routinely receive correspondence from folks who just loved the Rum & Egg . . . heck, they thought it was the best darn shampoo on the face of the...

It's the Psychiatric Meds, Stupid!

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 10/10/10 - 10:13 PM
I was getting ready to close up shop and leave my practice for the day when my secretary announced that one of my clients was in the waiting room in a hysterical panic pleading for a session with me. This came as somewhat of a shock to me inasmuch as I felt this client was actually progressing quite well.  I told my secretary to send her right in.

The client was crying so hard I could barely understand her...
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