On Being a Therapist / Edition 4

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Overview

For more than twenty-five years, On Being a Therapist has inspired generations of mental health professionals to explore the most private and sacred aspects of their work helping others. In this thoroughly revised and updated fourth edition, Jeffrey Kottler explores many of the challenges that therapists face in their practices today, including pressures from increased technology, economic realities, and advances in theory and technique. He also explores the stress factors that are brought on from managed care bureaucracy, conflicts at work, and clients' own anxiety and depression. This new edition puts the spotlight on the therapist's role and responsibility to promote issues of diversity, social justice, human rights, and systemic changes within the community and the world at large.

In their professional lives, therapists are frequently exposed to a vast range of human despair, conflict, and suffering that can take an emotional toll on their personal lives. Drawing on cast histories from Freud, Rogers, Perls, and extensive interviews with practitioners, Kottler provides a candid account of the profound ways in which therapists are influenced by their interactions with clients. Explains how practitioners can use their professional skills and insights gained from their clients' experiences to solve their own problems, realize positive change in themselves, and so become better therapists.

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Kottler's candid account of the profound ways in which therapists are influenced by their interactions with clients, originally published in 1986, has been revised and updated to add recent anecdotal and empirical research on the subject. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470565476
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/5/2010
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 65,685
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Jeffrey A. Kottler is a professor in the counseling department at California State University, Fullerton, and the New York Times bestselling author of books including The Last Victim.

Rob Shapiro can be heard narrating such audiobooks as the bestselling The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick, Frank: The Voice by James Kaplan, and the fantasy noir Low Town by Daniel Polansky. He performed several seasons of radio comedy on Minneapolis Public Radio and voiced the titular lion in Leo the Lion.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Client and Therapist: How Each Changes the Other 1
2 Struggles for Power and Influence 25
3 Personal and Professional Lives 43
4 Hardships of Therapeutic Practice 75
5 Patients Who Test Our Patience 119
6 Boredom and Burnout 147
7 Lies We Tell Ourselves 183
8 Alternative Therapies for Therapists 207
9 Toward Creativity and Personal Growth 241
References 259
About the Author 271
Name Index 275
Subject Index 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    This is a magnificent book! It is written with compassion and un

    This is a magnificent book! It is written with compassion and understanding of all that is involved in the human process of counseling. I strongly recommend it for anyone who is in or entering the field of mental health care.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    The fact that this man is a therapist is terrifying. He is a cyn

    The fact that this man is a therapist is terrifying. He is a cynical, pretentious man who has no regard for his patients. I hope no therapy clients read his book and think that is how all therapists think about them, because they dont. This man is without compassion and should not be in the mental health field. It is therapists who think like the one represented in this horribly written book that puts clients in danger of not getting help and suffering in silence. Shame on You!

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