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Testimonials for Dr. Schoenewolf's Works


From a Review of his feature film, THERAPY:


"Although the wind-chill was in single digits, the public screening of Dr. Gerald Schoenewolf’s film, “Therapy,” at Anthology Film Archives (NewFilmmakers Series) was hot stuff indeed. Featuring but a few actors, “Therapy” portrays a budding therapist (male), his female patient, her father and psychiatric supervisors. Doc and patient become romantically involved after she reports having been sexually abused. There are many interesting twists and turns and the film is shot in local environs, including many wonderful scenes in Stuyvesant Square Park. Schoenewolf, author of T&V’s “Mind Sight” column, wrote, directed and produced the 101 min. film—even penning the musical score. The acting is superb and documentary-like yet the style of the film is often ethereal and artsy. Various surprises caused the screening audience to break out in hilarious laughter and the poignant, startling ending certainly leaves its mark. The patient’s multiple personalities provide the framework for give-and-take role playing, highlighting the concept of personality and what it is to be human." --Sidney G. Schneck, Town&Village


From a Review of his book, 101 COMMON THERAPEUTIC BLUNDERS:


“Dr. Schoenewolf has written a cutting-edge revision of 101 Common Therapeutic Blunders.  This new edition brings the volume up to date and adds many new cases, a new section on supervisory blunders, and the effects of insurance company encroachment on the treatment process.  There is also a poetic ode to the psychoanalytic profession entitled, ‘A Therapist’s Manifesto.’  This book is a must read for therapists of all persuasions.  It is a guide to understanding how countertransferences and counterresistances lead to most of the mistakes we make, and it also shows how to resolve them.” --Robert Pepper, Ph.D., psychotherapist and author


From a Review of his book, THE COUPLE WHO FELL IN HATE:


“In his inventive, audacious, and uniquely creative style, Schoenewolf takes the genre of the literary case history and uses it as a springboard to present an overview of eclectic approaches to psychotherapy.  Borrowing from a large asenal of important psychoanalytic and nonanalytic therapists in widely divergent schools, Schoenewolf builds his thesis that therapy must be tailored to the patient at every step of the way, and provides an array of illustrative interventions woven throughout the text.  Through gripping ‘Teaching Tales,’ varied as the wrenching ‘Buttons,’ the wistful ‘Ariel in the Bluebonnets,’ and the whimsical ‘Beginnings and Endings,’ Schoenewolf leads us through a multicolored labyrinth of clinical dialogues that are replete with interactive skills and depict the rich phenomenology of a therapist’s inner experience.  A daring, jarring, descriptive, and informative tour de force…”  --Anna Aragno, author of Symbolization: Proposing a Developmental Paradigm for a New Psychoanalytic Theory of Mind