The Method of Levels: How To Do Psychotherapy Without Getting In The Way

Based on Perceptual Control Theory, PCT (explained in the foreword), this therapeutic method, called The Method of Levels (MOL) leaves the patient in control with no interference from the therapist. Using MOL this book explains how you can ask very simple questions about background thoughts to assist people in distress. Without offering advice or commentary of any kind, you can help others review things that are troubling them and go “up a level” to discover solutions.

Controlling PEOPLE: The Paradoxical Nature of Being Human

Based on Perceptual Control Theory (PCT), this entertaining and enlightening book by psychologists Richard S. Marken and Timothy A. Carey explores the paradox of why we often lose control by trying to be in control and why our controlling nature makes it difficult to stop this self-defeating behavior. They show that understanding PCT opens the window to understanding and learning about ourselves as controlling people and equips us to lead more effective and satisfying lives.

Hold That Thought! Two Steps to Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy with the Method of Levels

This book describes the Method of Levels (MOL) therapy from the stance that people with psychological problems get themselves better. MOL is an approach to psychotherapy based on a comprehensive scientific model of the behavior of living organisms. The lighthearted style of the book does not obscure the central 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, Hold that Thought! shows readers how to find a new perspective on their conflict and ultimately resolve it.

Handbook of Rural, Remote, and very Remote Mental Health

This Handbook outlines in detail the features and challenges of rural and remote mental health service delivery and pragmatic considerations to address these, to ensure people in less populated areas receive an equivalent quality of service to their city-dwelling counterparts. The scope of the book includes general descriptions of the rural and remote context as well as the professional and ethical considerations involved in working in these areas. Academics will find this Handbook a valuable evidence-based resource to enhance their teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate mental health students. Practitioners will find this book an important reference guide to enrich and broaden their rural and remote experiences.

Deconstructing Health Inequity: A Perceptual Control Theory Perspective

This book offers a radically different perspective on the topic of health inequity. Carey, Tai, and Griffiths use Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) to deconstruct current approaches to understanding, investigating, and addressing problems of health inequity. In the book, the authors propose that health inequity is not a problem per se. Disrupted control, they argue, is the problem that needs to be addressed. With a Foreword written by Professor Neil Gilbert this book will provide fresh insights for academics, practitioners, and policymakers in the fields of public health, psychology, social policy, and healthcare.

Patient-Perspective Care: A New Paradigm for Health Systems and Services

Inappropriate health care is an escalating and expensive problem. Patient-perspective care demands that the decisions health professionals make are in the service of patients’ goals. This book details the extent and scope of inappropriate care and how we have arrived at this position. The model of patient-centred care has not fulfilled its promise. In this book the necessity for patient-perspective care is outlined and a theoretical framework is provided that explains with this approach is so critical. Thisbook has important messages for both policy-makers and practitioners.


Many current approaches to the treatment of psychological problems focus on specific disorders and techniques that are purported to be effective and distinct. Recent advances in knowledge and theory, however, have called into question this approach. Alongside this has been the call to focus on evidence-based principles rather than evidence-based practices and techniques. This book describes three foundational principles that are key to understanding both the rise and the resolution of psychological distress. Using clinical examples and vignettes to help practitioners implement a principles-based approach, this book describes three fundamental principles for effective therapeutic practice and their clinical implications. With important implications for all therapeutic approaches, Principles-Based Counselling and Psychotherapy will be an invaluable resource for psychotherapists, counsellors and clinical psychologists in practice and training. It provides clarity about their role, and a means for providing a resolution to psychological distress and improving the effectiveness of their practice.

A Transdiagnostic Approach to CBT using Method of Levels Therapy: The CBT Distinctive Features series

The transdiagnostic approach is supported by a wealth of evidence that processes such as worry, emotion suppression, self-criticism and avoidance maintain distress across psychological disorders. The principles and techniques of MOL are clearly and practically described for clinicians to offer a transdiagnostic CBT that is tailor-made to the goals of each client.This novel volume will be essential reading for novice and experienced CBT therapists, as well as counsellors and psychotherapists. Its accessible explanation of Perceptual Control Theory and its application to real world problems also makes a useful resource for undergraduates, graduates and researchers in psychology.

CONTROL in the CLASSROOM: An adventure in learning and achievement

Let’s suppose behavior in schools is as good now as it’s ever going to be. How good schools can be if we just assume that children’s behavior during the day will range from extremely annoying to delightfully charming depending on what’s happening and whose point of view you adopt? Can we start from here and see how far we can go with learning and achievement if we applied to curriculum delivery issues the same resourcefulness we’ve allocated to behavior problems? Control in the Classroom begins with this premise and applies the scientific explanation of behaviour, Perceptual Control Theory, to the matter of curriculum delivery. Teachers will appreciate the clear guidance and numerous examples to help them organize their classroom instruction so that everyone in the class has the opportunity to achieve the goals that are important to them.