Integrative Mental Health Care: A Therapist's Handbook (Paperback)

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Making sense of complementary and alternative treatments in mental health care.

In mental health care, as in medical care, more and more clinicians are turning to unconventional assessment and treatment approaches to evaluate and treat their patients in the most effective way possible. But how is a clinician to makes sense of the range of complementary and alternative treatments (CAM), and when is it appropriate and safe to use conventional therapies alongside them?

In this practical resource, Dr. Lake, a pioneer in the field of integrative mental healthcare, teaches readers how to integrate conventional mental healthcare—drugs and psychotherapy—with complementary and alternative approaches, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and other natural products, mind-body practices, light therapy, music, biofeedback, energy therapies, acupuncture, and others. This is a concise, evidence-based guide to the day-to-day management of common mental health problems using an integrative approach.

About the Author

James Lake, MD, is on the clinical faculty at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He practices in Central California.

Praise For…

[A] remarkably thorough, highly informative, and instructive guide for practitioners with varying degrees of familiarity with integrative practice….clearly written, practical, well-referenced….Dr. Lake systematically builds a convincing case for incorporating alternative and complementary assessment and treatment methods into conventional practices in the hope of transforming Western medicine into ‘something more beautiful, meaningful and more effective.’ This excellent, user-friendly resource guide contributes greatly to that transformative vision.
— Psychiatric Services

James Lake's remarkable book is both inspiring and important for the numerous mental health professionals who seek legitimate information on a new dimension of health care. Written with warm objectivity, the book is a careful compilation of research and clinical practices classified under the rubric of integrative medicine. The material is most timely, and an antidote to the widespread frustration with the massive pharmaceutical industry.
— Jeanne Achterberg, PhD, author of Imagery in Healing: Shamanism and Modern Medicine and Intentional Healing: Consciousness and Connection for Health and Well-Being

Integrative Mental Health Care offers a rich synthesis of up-to-date evidence-based information with the wise, extensive experience of a world-renowned integrative psychiatrist. Dr. Lake offers keen clinical insights and clear guidance through tables, charts, and algorithms which simplify the complex and confusing world of diagnoses and multiple treatment options. His expertise in mainstream as well as alternative, complementary, and unconventional therapies provides essential information for therapists helping clients with diverse interests, values, and cultures in the modern world.

— Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, Caryl J. Guth Chair for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. James Lake is a pioneer in the emerging field of integrative mental health. In this text he artfully shares his philosophy, assessment strategies, and treatment approaches for a myriad of common conditions. Through detailed patient examples accompanied by his thoughtful analysis he conveys ways to better manage your patients in their healing journey.
— Victoria Maizes, Executive Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

[A] valuable handbook for any practitioner, and would serve as a helpful text for students of psychiatry and psychology. But it also provides a worthwhile read for any educated adult wishing to better understand the alternatives available to people with mental health challenges.
— Metapsychology Reviews

[A]n accessible and credible guide…a much needed bridge between traditional Western biomedicine and the emerging world of non-traditional and complementary approaches.
— Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393710618
ISBN-10: 0393710610
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 5th, 2015
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Norton Professional Books (Hardcover)