Arthur Phillips, M.D.
Elsevier/North Holland NewYork, NY 1981, 145 pp.
. . Arthur Phillips in his present book gives us the next practical steps by providing a transformational model for psychotherapy.
Dr. Phillips demonstrates his mastery of various principles, making them generative
for the reader. Case materials as well as step-by-step exploration of the transformational model are provided. . .
In conclusion, I can say without hesitation that this book will be recognized
as a milestone in the psychotherapeutic literature."
The New York Society for Ericksonisn Psychotherapy and Hypnosis
". . . Among the noteworthy aspects of this volume is the author's orientation toward
furthering mental health rather than dealing with mental illness. This does not, of course, obviate an understanding of psychopathology;
it does imply that such understanding is not enough. Alleviation of psychopathology should not be the end but rather the beginning
of the psychotherapeutic process, whose culmination should be an active state of mental wellness. . .
In much of what he writes, the influence of Milton H. Erickson is palpable; but Dr. Phillips, whose
bent seems to be humanistic rather than dramatic, has transposed the Ericksonian maneuvers into a subtler, and perhaps less
This slim volume once again demonstrates that quality need
not go with quantity. A good deal of thought and experience have gone into its writing, and its impact on the reader is as
clear-cut as the writing is concise. Both the beginner and the more experienced therapist is likely to find in it some nuggets
of wisdom to expand his/her horizons."
-- The International
Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
". . . As is suggested by his choice of title, the psycholinguistic concept
of 'transformation' constitutes the central element in Phillips' thinking. He defines transformation in terms of a rapid,
gestalt-like reorganization of an individual's belief system and cognitive maps. Transformations are effected by a series
of therapeutic processes which are established through a careful definition of therapeutic goals. . ."
-- The American Journal of