Review of <em>Saving talk therapy: How health insurers, big pharma, and slanted science are ruining good mental health care</em>.

Reviews the book, Saving Talk Therapy: How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science Are Ruining Good Mental Health Care by Enrico Gnaulati (see record 2018-00141-000). In this book, Gnaulati argues that good mental health care is reflected in the psychodynamic and humanistic traditions of psychotherapy but that these forms of treatment have been diminished in their availability due to a number of social and economic forces that are not focused on what is best for people with mental health problems but what is best for generating profits at pharmaceutical companies, increasing the revenue of insurance companies, and making it easy for academics to conduct and publish research and advance in their careers. The book also discusses the rise of managed care, the expansion of the use of psychiatric medications, and the focus on brief cognitive–behavioral therapies (CBT), which the author sees as interconnected. The clear strengths of the book are the quality of the prose and organization of the writing, its coverage of the problems with the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, and CBT research support and its incentives in academia. The book provides good information on the negative effects of the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries and academic research focus on psychotherapy practice and training. The book also provides plenty of good clinical examples. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)