Psychotherapy Blog


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

12 Things You Didn't Know About Milton H. Erickson and His Daughter Betty Alice Erickson

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 9/7/17 - 1:17 PM
The impetus for this blog originated many years ago when I stopped at an all-night book store late one evening and walked away with a copy of Jay Haley's book, Uncommon Therapy: The Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, MD. That night I could hardly sleep as I read well into the wee hours of the morning. I knew that Dr. Erickson was doing something new, exciting, and creatively different than the rest of us. I couldn't wait until the...

Alcoholics Anonymous Founder Bill Wilson's Long-Lost Treatment Paradigm

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 7/13/17 - 2:32 PM
When I gear up to read a blog I invariably have the same thought: Tell me something I don't know. In this blog I am going to fulfill that promise for my readers since I have never encountered a psychotherapist or addiction counselor who knows what I am about to share. (If you are the one in a million exception, please accept my apology.) So make yourself comfortable and let's get this party started. Let's begin with something you do know. In...

Why Every Therapist Should Read Dr. Robert Firestone's New Book "Overcoming the Destructive Inner Voice: True Stories of Therapy and Transformation"

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 3/16/17 - 2:11 PM
Some people collect stamps, others baseball memorabilia. I prefer psychotherapy and treatment related books. It would be an understatement to say some select works have had a profound influence on my career. As I type this blog, I have a vintage 1925 hard back copy of John B. Watson's Behaviorism sitting to the side of my monitor. In its day the work commanded a hefty price tag of $3.00 and tied for the most expensive tome in W.W. Norton & Company,...

The Gloria Films: Candid answers to questions therapists ask most

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 8/16/16 - 8:06 PM
When I penned an article and a book chapter on the classic Gloria Films some years ago I never dreamed these pieces would continue to bring me a seemingly endless string of correspondence. Indeed, this classic video influenced the psychotherapy training and subsequent practice strategies for thousands and thousands of helpers. To this day the battle rages on about whether this work of art was the savior of psychotherapy, or psychotherapy’s worst nightmare. Recently a graduate student contacted me with a string...

Statistics Don't Lie...Except When They Do

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 9/22/15 - 2:27 PM
As I was working on my doctorate I became interested in home stereo amplifiers. Armed with a fellow doctorate student who possessed infinite knowledge in this area I began the search for the perfect amplifier. My interest rapidly escalated into what could arguably have been diagnosed as a full-blown obsession. I visited stereo stores near and far. I read an endless stream of articles in the stereo magazines. I spoke with salesmen, saleswomen, and manufacturer's representatives. I attended stereo conventions. But...

Psychotherapy in the Year 2045

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 4/21/15 - 1:10 PM
According to Ray Kurzweil, futurist extraordinaire, the singularity is approaching at the speed of Jimmy John's delivery. The technological notion of the singularity asserts that computers, robots, and related super-intelligent machines will reach a stage when they match and then exceed the capabilities of human beings. When will the singularity occur? Ray has his calendar marked for 2045, so I should have the majority of my credit card bills polished off by then. Now, of course, we could dismiss Kurzweil's predictions...

In Search of the Perfect Private Practitioner

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 2/4/15 - 9:58 AM
It all began in my undergraduate abnormal psychology class after I made the curious observation that our faithful professor was absent for each and every one of our exams. The professor's pattern of behavior struck me as odd. I leaned over and asked a fellow student who worked as a teacher's aide what he knew about this since I figured he might just have the inside scoop. My cohort whispered, "You really don't know. The guy is in private practice and...

Why Some Therapists Always Get Their Books Published

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 12/23/14 - 4:28 PM
It's a shame for you not to write a book when many therapists do it so easily. The problem: Most psychotherapists know about as much about the publishing business as they do about building a nuclear power plant. When I listen to therapists talk about writing their first book I generally hear something like, "Gee, I'd like to write a general, counseling, psychotherapy, or self-help book." Let me assure you that the general counseling, psychotherapy, or self-improvement books are some of the...

What every therapist needs to know about the new natural remedies for mental health

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 10/15/14 - 11:57 AM
Yesterday I was doing some research at a local library. A bus full of middle school children on a field trip was letting the students out in front of me. I made my way around the facility for a good twenty minutes when I overheard a frustrated woman struggling with her computer. She bolted from her computer terminal and marched up to a librarian and asked her for technical assistance. "I don't have a clue," the librarian candidly responded, "go ask...

Counseling Kids: When a Cigar Is Just a Cigar

Posted by Howard Rosenthal, EdD on 7/22/14 - 5:23 PM
Nine year old Malcolm was one of the fortunate clients. Because his family had a very modest income a local counseling center with a sliding fee scale was seeing Malcolm on a pro bono basis. Better yet, the agency was providing free transportation for him on a school bus. His emotional difficulties began two years ago after his parents got a divorce. He was now living with his natural father and his new step-mother. Treatment seemed to be working well. Then...
Back to Top ▲