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October 21, 2009

Therapy After Terror: 9/11, Psychotherapists, and Mental Health

JAMA. 2009;302(15):1705-1708. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1520

Therapy After Terror is a well-written, well-documented, insightful review of what happened to mental health practitioners in New York City immediately following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and its continuing effects on their patients, themselves, and their profession.

Seeley is a psychotherapist in private practice as well as a lecturer in anthropology and thus brings an insider's knowledge of the rationale and practice of one-on-one treatment as it was usually delivered at the time but also a broader view of the cultural context within which this event happened and its effects on that practice model. The book draws on data she gathered from public records and on extensive interviews with New York City psychotherapists. She identifies several problems that gave rise to confusion and inefficiencies in delivering well-intended mental health care.

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