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Hold That Thought


Hold That Thought   
by Timothy A. Carey

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Format: 5.5 x 8.25 softcover, 143 pages

ISBN# 978-0-944337-49-3


Timothy A. Carey

Believing that people with psychological problems get themselves better, Australian clinical psychologist, academic and researcher Timothy A. Carey introduces readers to the Method of Levels, an approach to psychotherapy based on a comprehensive scientific model of the behavior of living organisms.

Carey’s lighthearted style does not obscure his message: that people can change only themselves, and do not need prescriptive solutions from psychotherapists.

With lots of examples and the humorous illustrations of North Carolina artist Josh Taylor, Carey shows readers how to find a new perspective on their conflict and ultimately resolve it.

This is a book for practical people, not theoreticians. Yet, as a theoretician, I can say that it is one of the best expositions of perceptual control theory that you are likely to find. - William T. Powers, originator of Perceptual Control Theory

This book is an immediately useable, practical guide for anyone in a helping practice, no matter what their previous training. It is a fascinating process that will blow you away with its simplicity and yet stun you with the profound depth it can reach. - Jenny McFadden, counselor, lecturer, and instructor for Association for Applied Control Theory Australia


author information

Timothy Carey has worked in schools as a preschool teacher, a special education teacher, and as a behavior management specialist. From 2002 to 2007, Carey worked in the National Health Service in Scotland as a clinical psychologist in the area of adult primary care. During that time he began developing and evaluating an approach to psychotherapy called the Method of Levels. Carey now works the University of Canberra in Australia, where he oversees the postgraduate clinical psychology program.


Foreword: A Theory and a Method ... xvii

Why the Method of Levels? ... xxi

How This Book Works ... xxv

Chapter One: Business as Usual ... 1

Chapter Two: A Closer Look at Control ... 11

Chapter Three: Trouble at the Office ... 21

Chapter Four: It's Multistory Trouble ... 31

Chapter Five: An Untangling Tool ... 41

Chapter Six: Finding the Right Place for the Tool ... 51

Chapter Seven: Helping MOL Style ... 61

Chapter Eight: More About Helping ... 71

Chapter Nine: Ready, Steady, Up ... 81

Chapter Ten: Right Here, Right Now ... 93

Chapter Eleven: Even Not Having a Topic is a Topic ... 103

Chapter Twelve: In the Absence of Disruptions ... 115

Chapter Thirteen: A Special Kind of Helping ... 125

Chapter Fourteen: Over to You ... 135

Check these out if you want to know more ... 143


From the Foreword: A Theory and a Method:

In MOL, the therapist is the spectator. The client is the one in the lead, with the therapist acting as a guide who knows where the fish are likely to be, but who has no fishing pole. The guide asks, "Is that one?" and the client, the explorer in the lead, looks more closely and says, "No, but here's something interesting." Then, with the guide asking helpful but not too suggestive questions, the explorer reels in whatever is on the line for a closer look, letting the guide know what is going on, but not, thank you, requiring any help with the actual landing of the fish. In the Method of Levels, the outcome is the doing of the client, not the therapist.

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