The Making of a Therapist: A Practical Guide for the Inner Journey / Edition 1

The Making of a Therapist: A Practical Guide for the Inner Journey / Edition 1

by Louis Cozolino
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393704246

ISBN-13: 9780393704242

Pub. Date: 05/19/2004

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Lessons from the personal experience and reflections of a therapist.
The difficulty and cost of training psychotherapists properly is well known. It is far easier to provide a series of classes while ignoring the more challenging personal components of training. Despite the fact that the therapist's self-insight, emotional maturity, and calm centeredness are…  See more details below

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Lessons from the personal experience and reflections of a therapist.
The difficulty and cost of training psychotherapists properly is well known. It is far easier to provide a series of classes while ignoring the more challenging personal components of training. Despite the fact that the therapist's self-insight, emotional maturity, and calm centeredness are critical for successful psychotherapy, rote knowledge and technical skills are the focus of most training programs. As a result, the therapist's personal growth is either marginalized or ignored. The Making of a Therapist counters this trend by offering graduate students and beginning therapists a personal account of this important inner journey.
Cozolino provides a unique look inside the mind and heart of an experienced therapist. Readers will find an exciting and privileged window into the experience of the therapist who, like themselves, is just starting out. In addition, The Making of a Therapist contains the practical advice, common-sense wisdom, and self-disclosure that practicing professionals have found to be the most helpful during their own training.The first part of the book, 'Getting Through Your First Sessions,' takes readers through the often-perilous days and weeks of conducting initial sessions with real clients. Cozolino addresses such basic concerns as: Do I need to be completely healthy myself before I can help others? What do I do if someone comes to me with an issue or problem I can't handle? What should I do if I have trouble listening to my clients? What if a client scares me?The second section of the book, 'Getting to Know Your Clients,' delves into the routine of therapy and the subsequent stages in which you continue to work with clients and help them. In this context, Cozolino presents the notion of the 'good enough' therapist, one who can surrender to his or her own imperfections while still guiding the therapeutic relationship to a positive outcome.
The final section, 'Getting to Know Yourself,' goes to the core of the therapist's relation to him- or herself, addressing such issues as: How to turn your weaknesses into strengths, and how to deal with the complicated issues of pathological caretaking, countertransference, and self-care.Both an excellent introduction to the field as well as a valuable refresher for the experienced clinician, The Making of a Therapist offers readers the tools and insight that make the journey of becoming a therapist a rich and rewarding experience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393704242
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/19/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
213
Sales rank:
105,803
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Getting through your first sessions
1What have I gotten myself into?5
2Getting centered and learning to listen16
3Now what do I do?29
4Survival strategies41
5Beware of assumptions55
Pt. 2Getting to know your clients
6Challenges and strategies69
7The therapist's feelings : anticipated and unanticipated91
8It's scary to go to therapy : the paradox of client resistance105
9In the eye of the storm : the therapist's challenge132
10Turning weaknesses into strengths149
Pt. 3Getting to know yourself
11Uncovering countertransference165
12The making of a caretaker176
13Building a satisfying and sane career : cautions and encouragement188
14Walkin' the walk204

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