Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients / Edition 1

Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients / Edition 1

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by Irvin Yalom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0060938110

ISBN-13: 9780060938116

Pub. Date: 01/07/2003

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Anyone interested in psychotherapy or personal growth will rejoice at The Gift of Therapy, a masterwork from one of the most accomplished psychological thinkers of our day. As an award-winning author of both nonfiction and fiction, and a psychiatrist in practice for 35 years, Yalom imparts his unique wisdom in this remarkable guidebook for successful…  See more details below

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Anyone interested in psychotherapy or personal growth will rejoice at The Gift of Therapy, a masterwork from one of the most accomplished psychological thinkers of our day. As an award-winning author of both nonfiction and fiction, and a psychiatrist in practice for 35 years, Yalom imparts his unique wisdom in this remarkable guidebook for successful therapy.

At once startlingly profound and irresistibly practical, Yalom's insights—let the patient matter to you; create a n ew kind of therapy for each patient; how and how not to use self-disclosure—will help enrich the therapeutic process for both patient and counselor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060938116
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/07/2003
Edition description:
FIRST
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Remove the Obstacles to Growth1
Ch. 2Avoid Diagnosis (Except for Insurance Companies)4
Ch. 3Therapist and Patient as "Fellow Travelers,"6
Ch. 4Engage the Patient11
Ch. 5Be Supportive13
Ch. 6Empathy: Looking Out the Patient's Window17
Ch. 7Teach Empathy23
Ch. 8Let the Patient Matter to You26
Ch. 9Acknowledge Your Errors30
Ch. 10Create a New Therapy for Each Patient33
Ch. 11The Therapeutic Act, Not the Therapeutic Word37
Ch. 12Engage in Personal Therapy40
Ch. 13The Therapist Has Many Patients; The Patient, One Therapist44
Ch. 14The Here-and-Now - Use It, Use It, Use It46
Ch. 15Why Use the Here-and-Now?47
Ch. 16Using the Here-and-Now - Grow Rabbit Ears49
Ch. 17Search for Here-and-Now Equivalents52
Ch. 18Working Through Issues in the Here-and-Now58
Ch. 19The Here-and-Now Energizes Therapy62
Ch. 20Use Your Own Feelings as Data65
Ch. 21Frame Here-and-Now Comments Carefully68
Ch. 22All Is Grist for the Here-and-Now Mill70
Ch. 23Check into the Here-and-Now Each Hour72
Ch. 24What Lies Have You Told Me?74
Ch. 25Blank Screen? Forget It! Be Real75
Ch. 26Three Kinds of Therapist Self-Disclosure83
Ch. 27The Mechanism of Therapy - Be Transparent84
Ch. 28Revealing Here-and-Now Feelings - Use Discretion87
Ch. 29Revealing the Therapist's Personal Life - Use Caution90
Ch. 30Revealing Your Personal Life - Caveats94
Ch. 31Therapist Transparency and Universality97
Ch. 32Patients Will Resist Your Disclosure99
Ch. 33Avoid the Crooked Cure102
Ch. 34On Taking Patients Further Than You Have Gone104
Ch. 35On Being Helped by Your Patient106
Ch. 36Encourage Patient Self-Disclosure109
Ch. 37Feedback in Psychotherapy112
Ch. 38Provide Feedback Effectively and Gently115
Ch. 39Increase Receptiveness to Feedback by Using "Parts,"119
Ch. 40Feedback: Strike When the Iron Is Cold121
Ch. 41Talk About Death124
Ch. 42Death and Life Enhancement126
Ch. 43How to Talk About Death129
Ch. 44Talk About Life Meaning133
Ch. 45Freedom137
Ch. 46Helping Patients Assume Responsibility139
Ch. 47Never (Almost Never) Make Decisions for the Patient142
Ch. 48Decisions: A Via Regia into Existential Bedrock146
Ch. 49Focus on Resistance to Decision148
Ch. 50Facilitating Awareness by Advice Giving150
Ch. 51Facilitating Decisions - Other Devices155
Ch. 52Conduct Therapy as a Continuous Session158
Ch. 53Take Notes of Each Session160
Ch. 54Encourage Self-Monitoring162
Ch. 55When Your Patient Weeps164
Ch. 56Give Yourself Time Between Patients166
Ch. 57Express Your Dilemmas Openly168
Ch. 58Do Home Visits171
Ch. 59Don't Take Explanation Too Seriously174
Ch. 60Therapy-Accelerating Devices179
Ch. 61Therapy as a Dress Rehearsal for Life182
Ch. 62Use the Initial Complaint as Leverage184
Ch. 63Don't Be Afraid of Touching Your Patient187
Ch. 64Never Be Sexual with Patients191
Ch. 65Look for Anniversary and Life-Stage Issues195
Ch. 66Never Ignore "Therapy Anxiety,"197
Ch. 67Doctor, Take Away My Anxiety200
Ch. 68On Being Love's Executioner201
Ch. 69Taking a History206
Ch. 70A History of the Patient's Daily Schedule208
Ch. 71How Is the Patient's Life Peopled?210
Ch. 72Interview the Significant Other211
Ch. 73Explore Previous Therapy213
Ch. 74Sharing the Shade of the Shadow215
Ch. 75Freud Was Not Always Wrong217
Ch. 76CBT Is Not What It's Cracked Up to Be ... Or, Don't Be Afraid of the EVT Boogeyman222
Ch. 77Dreams - Use Them, Use Them, Use Them225
Ch. 78Full Interpretation of a Dream? Forget It!227
Ch. 79Use Dreams Pragmatically: Pillage and Loot228
Ch. 80Master Some Dream Navigational Skills235
Ch. 81Learn About the Patients's Life from Dreams238
Ch. 82Pay Attention to the First Dream243
Ch. 83Attend Carefully to Dreams About the Therapist246
Ch. 84Beware the Occupational Hazards251
Ch. 85Cherish the Occupational Privileges256
Notes261

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Gift of Therapy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
BriBriNY More than 1 year ago
I am currently in graduate school and plan on working as a counselor once I've finished. I have found this book informative and enjoyable to read. The insights are shared in a way that is unique from other books, since this one doesn't follow a typical textbook format. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Yalom and this book did not disappoint! As a psychologist in private practice, I enjoyed reading and learning from this master therapist. As a teacher, I found the brief chapters easy to read and accessible to students and practitioners of all levels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I am a student currently studying psychology and found this to be very helpful in teaching me more about the events that go on in a therapists office that you can not find in a textbook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a therapist and I recommend this book to all my colleagues - seasoned therapists and trainees alike.
celticgoldusa More than 1 year ago
How could I, a lowly counseling psychology masters student, ever provide negative feedback to the most awesome Irv Yalom?! In fact, this may be one of the single most important books I have ever read in the history of my masters degree on the subject of actually being in the room with a client. It is at once funny, touching, deeply personal, and most importantly, very educational. This book comes with my highest recommendation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been refreshing to read. The format is conversational, almost as though Yalom is talking out his thoughts to the reader. Yalom is clear to state that the points made are his opinion but I find that his techniques do not always disagree with other therapy orientations...overall, The Gift of Therapy is a very good book to have in one's therapist library, to read over and over.
Lindsay_H More than 1 year ago
Yalom is incredibly insightful. I like the format; it made for quick and easy reading to have each topic labeled so clearly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although THE GIFT OF THERAPY is written primarily for therapists and their patients, it offers a gift as well to those who are not currently in therapy--or who have never been. Many of the "tips"--85 in all--give advice about how to establish a caring, supportive, empathetic relationship, the heart of therapy according to Yalom. But is this not the heart of any meaninful relationship, whether with friend, lover, child, or even close business associate? This book distills the experience of decades of doing therapy, both individual and group, in jargon-free language (remember Yalom is also a novelist), but it also calls on the wisdom of a tradition that includes Freud and Jung, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, and contemporary therapists as well. I just reread GIFT OF THERAPY after six months, and was happily surprised at how often I had called upon the ideas in the book to enhance and deepen my everyday relationships
Guest More than 1 year ago
I much preferred Dreams: Gateway to the True Self. It just had more depth and insight to the questions we really want answered.
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