Combating Destructive Thought Processes: Voice Therapy and Separation Theory

Combating Destructive Thought Processesby Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D.

What keeps people from living in ways that satisfy their individual needs and priorities? In this book, noted clinical psychologist Robert W. Firestone sets forth his theory — synthesizing psychodynamic and existential approaches to the psyche — underlying his voice therapy methodology. From childhood, Firestone maintains, humans are prevented from experiencing an individuated life by the pressures of society and destructive interactions within the family. The goal of Voice Therapy is to uncover the insidious forces — represented by internal messages called critical inner voices – which limit humans.

Firestone’s technique, grounded in clinical research, helps the client to reveal these voices quickly, recognize their source, and begin the path to a meaningful life. In addition to laying theoretical foundations, this book emphasizes the use of voice therapy in direct practice with couples, parents, and individuals and expands these theories to consider existential and social concerns such as death anxiety and ethnic conflict.

Therapists seeking to expand their techniques will find this book a unique advancement. Combating Destructive Thought Processes offers a methodology of interest to professionals in psychology, clinical psychology, counseling, social work, and developmental psychology.

 1996, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

ISBN: 0761905510


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Anna Watson


I am delighted to have found your PsychAlive website. I am currently completing my masters studies, with the impacts of divorce on parent-child attachment systems as my particular topic of interest. I am also the mom of a young child, so I look forward to reading more of your posted articles.

I am also very interested to have stumbled across your books about voice therapy. I am a Voice Dialogue practitioner, and (when I have some time!) I am looking forward to reading your books and noting the similarites and differences of your discoveries compared with voice dialogue as a modality. I am curious as to whether you have examined voice dialogue, and if not, I would suggest perhaps you may find it a worthwhile exploration.

Kind regards

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