George Burns, Clinical Psychologist

Books by George

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Happiness, Healing, Enhancement

Happiness, Healing, Enhancement:
Your casebook collection for applying positive psychology in therapy.

2010, Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley & Sons.

Drawing together some of the world’s best researchers, writers, and practitioners in applied positive psychotherapy, this casebook collection translates solid science into sound and clear clinical interventions. It is structured around nine therapeutic objectives that include: orienting to happiness, instilling hope, utilizing resources, moving beyond depression, building mindfulness and acceptance, and transcending trauma and pain.

Based on real case examples, each chapter provides practical therapeutic guidelines, experiences, and examples. The book showcases therapeutic applications that are brief, effective, empowering, and joyful, and allows you to step inside the thinking, planning, and processing of skilled practitioners as they decide on, structure, and offer a range of positive therapeutic interventions.


Healing With StoriesHealing With Stories:
Your casebook collection for using
therapeutic metaphors.

2007, Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley & Sons.

This stellar collection, from some of the world’s most prominent therapists, takes you inside their thinking and processes for working with metaphors.  They represent the panorama of metaphor practice in psychotherapy today with considered, humorous and compassionate case examples that step you through the intricacies for replicating their work into your own.  The winner of high accolades, this book is an immensely helpful and essential clinical tool.


101 Healing Stories101 Healing Stories:
Using metaphors in therapy

2001, New York: John Wiley & Sons

This international best-selling text has been translated into several languages.  It examines the healing value of metaphor to communicate effective therapeutic strategies, and provides 101 inspirational story ideas for effecting change.  The author explains how to tell stories that engage the client, how to make them metaphoric and where to find sources for such tales.  



101 Healing Stories for Kids & Teens101 Healing Stories for Kids & Teens:
Using metaphors in therapy.

2004, New York: John Wiley & Sons

In this volume about using metaphoric stories with children and adolescents, the reader is guided through the processes of effective storytelling, the planning and presenting of healing tales, and the resources on which to build stories.  There are more than 101 examples of outcome-oriented stories for resolving various common childhood issues. 



Standing Without ShoesStanding Without Shoes:
Creating happiness, relieving depression, enhancing life.

2003, Sydney: Prentice Hall

This book is currently out of print and authors are co-ordinating to have a reprint done and also consideration to having it available through Kindle. 

Co-authored with Dr Helen Street and with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this helpful, easy-to-read book takes an empowering and practical approach to increasing happiness and well-being.  It proposes that depression – at least in part – can be successfully treated and prevented by creating happiness.  Readily usable exercises are offered for the enhancement of thoughts, feelings and actions.


Nature-Guided TherapyNature-Guided Therapy:
Brief integrative strategies for health and wellbeing.

2014, Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel

Winning high professional acclaim, Nature-Guided Therapy is rich in case histories, multi-disciplinary research and step-by-step therapeutic procedures.  An immensely practical guide for clinicians, it incorporates research from other disciplines that rarely finds its way into the areas of therapy and counselling.  Questioning and expanding our usually accepted paradigms of therapy, it offers a refreshingly new approach for engaging with nature and living a more fulfilling life.




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