Hidden From View:

A Clinician’s Guide to Psychophysiological Disorders

ALMOST ONE HALF OF PRIMARY CARE PATIENTS have at least one medically unexplained symptom that does not respond to standard care. This leads to unnecessary investigation, referrals, health costs, medications as well as frustration in patients and health professionals alike. The great majority of these patients have psychophysiological disorders (PPD).

USING CUTTING EDGE PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC and neurophysiologic principles, Hidden From View explains how the brain develops neural pathways that cause symptoms, such as headaches, irritable bowel and bladder syndromes, fibromyalgia, fatigue, insomnia, and neck and back pain. It illustrates powerful emotion focused interviewing techniques to both detect and treat PPD.



Reaching through Resistance

About half of all psychotherapy clients have little to no response—or can even worsen—in treatment. Why? They unknowingly use treatment-defeating behaviors, or resistances, placing all manner of obstacles to prevent emotional closeness and a successful collaboration with the therapist. It is as if they cannot allow treatment to succeed. This can be frustrating and demoralizing for both the therapist and the client.

How can you and your client detect and handle treatment resistance? How can you reach through to the person beneath this resistance—the person your client was meant to be?


Dr Allan Abbass named Distinguished Professor of 2016 at UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science

Dr Allan Abbass with Drs Zeb Little and Josh Presky from UCLA

Dr Allan Abbass with Drs Zeb Little and Josh Presky from UCLA