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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This is a guide to self-awareness and self-care to help therapists meet the challenges of helping people without suffering burnout. It is both theoretical and experiential and it encourages the reader to participate in self-exploration through journaling.
Purpose: According to the author, "the book focuses on self-care for therapists as a group of caregivers with particular concerns and needs." It is written from both a self psychology and object relations theoretical perspective. These book meets these very worthy objectives.
Audience: The book is written for psychologists who work as psychotherapists, at any stage of personal and professional development. In addition, the author believes that other mental health professionals and graduate students can also benefit from this book. The author appears to be a credible authority in the area of self-care for mental health professionals.
Features: The book addresses both theoretical and experiential perspectives of self-care for therapists. It challenges the reader through thought-provoking questions intended for journal writing. These questions show that the author has much experience in the psychotherapeutic process. The book is easy to read but challenging. It's a breath of fresh air because the author does not hold back and she forces the reader to consider factors which one may only gloss over on a daily basis. In the end, if one takes the author's challenge of journaling, one will be a better therapist for it.
Assessment: I have found the book to be extremely useful and will share the information with my predoctoral psychology interns. This is an excellent book, easy to read with lots of substance..