On Being a Therapist / Edition 4

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An updated revision of Jeffrey Kottler's classic book reveals the new realities and inner experiences of therapeutic practice today For more than 25 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 new edition, he explores many of the challenges that therapists face related to increased technology, surprising research, the Internet, advances in theory and technique, as well as stress in the international and global economy, managed care bureaucracy, patients with anxiety and depression from unemployment, dysfunctional families, poor education, poverty, parenting issues, often court mandated. Consequently, there's a wealth of new information that explores many forbidden subjects that are rarely admitted, much less talked about openly.
• Goes deeper than ever before into the inner world of therapist's hopes and fears
• Written by Jeffrey Kottler the "conscience of the profession" for his willingness to be so honest, authentic, and courageous
• New chapters explore dealing with failures, reluctant patients, how clients change therapists, and more There is also increased focus on the therapist's role and responsibility to promote issues of social justice, human rights, and systemic changes within the community and 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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Editorial Reviews

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: 81,024
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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


1 The Therapist's Journey.

2 Struggles for Power and Influence.

3 Personal and Professional Lives.

4 How Clients Change Their Therapists.

5 Hardships of Therapeutic Practice.

6 Being Imperfect, Living with Failure.

7 Patients Who Test Our Patience.

8 Boredom and Burnout.

9 That Which Is Not Said.

10 Lies We Tell Ourselves—and Others.

11 Alternative Therapies for Therapists.

12 Toward Creativity and Personal Growth.


About the Author.


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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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