The Psychotherapist as Healer

The Psychotherapist as Healer

by T. Byram Karasu
     
 

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T. Byram Karasu says that healing, at best, is not what the healer does, but what he is; that what really matters are not the schools of psychotherapy, but the psychotherapists themselves. In this deeply moving and self-revealing book, Karasu portrays the therapist as healer through a series of clinical vignettes from the treatment of a younger therapist whom the

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T. Byram Karasu says that healing, at best, is not what the healer does, but what he is; that what really matters are not the schools of psychotherapy, but the psychotherapists themselves. In this deeply moving and self-revealing book, Karasu portrays the therapist as healer through a series of clinical vignettes from the treatment of a younger therapist whom the author perceives to be more intelligent, talented, and better educated than himself. This patient, a veteran of a classical analysis and two lengthy therapies, challenges the therapist at every turn and engages him in a search for new experiential truths. The reader is privy to the internal monologue of the therapist as he conceives of and rejects interpretations, looks to varied experts for help, and ends with an inner voice not heard before.

Editorial Reviews

Peter D. Kramer
What a brave book! Dr. Karasu confronts one of the most difficult and central issues in psychotherapy—how and whether the therapist should wear the guru's mantle. He does so with wit and grace and astonishing openness. The Psychotherapist as Healer is finally a celebration of a profession dependent, for better and for worse, on the wisdom of its practitioners.
Anna Ornstein
In this highly original and creative book, Karasu takes a close and critical look at the last century's 'sacred cows' of psychotherapeutic theory and practice. The central piece of the book is an ongoing dialogue between patient and healer; the reader is invited to witness as 'truths are being co-authored and (thereby) become real.' The witty and unconventional style is deceptive; the book is filled with wisdom and sophistication. There is a refreshing spontaneity here that delights and instructs at the same time.
Robert D. Stolorow
The Psychotherapist as Healer is a delightful and valuable antidote to the technical rationality and theoretical absolutism that have pervaded our field. The healer's voice, speaking to us through a series of compelling vignettes, is a psychotherapist who has regained innocence, openness, and curiosity, and who is devoted to personal growth, authenticity, and, above all, the discovery of new experiential truths. This book is a breath of fresh air.
Anna Ornstein M.D.
In this highly original and creative book, Karasu takes a close and critical look at the last century's 'sacred cows' of psychotherapeutic theory and practice. The central piece of the book is an ongoing dialogue between patient and healer; the reader is invited to witness as 'truths are being co-authored and (thereby) become real.' The witty and unconventional style is deceptive; the book is filled with wisdom and sophistication. There is a refreshing spontaneity here that delights and instructs at the same time.
Booknews
Karasu (psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine) argues that what really matters are not the schools of psychotherapy but the psychotherapists themselves, who need to retain a certain free margin, an openness, humility, and even ignorance. He portrays the therapist as healer through a series of clinical vignettes from his treatment of a younger therapist whom he perceives to be more intelligent, talented, and better educated than himself. In the process, he reveals his internal monologue as he conceives of and rejects interpretations, looks to varied experts for help, and ends with an inner voice not heard before. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765703026
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.32(d)

Meet the Author

T. Byram Karasu, M.D., a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, is presently the Silverman Professor and University Chairman of the Deparmtent of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstien College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, and the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy. He is the author or editor of 20 books, including two novels, Of God and Madness and The Gotham Chronicles—The Culture of Sociopathy; a book of poetry, Rags of My Soul; the seminal work, Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders; and two best sellers, The Art of Serenity and The Spirit of Happiness. Dr. Karasu is a scholar, renowned clinician, teacher and lecturer, and the recipient of numerous awards. He lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York, and Westport, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
February 11, 1935
Place of Birth:
Erzurum, Turkey
Education:
University of Istanbul School of Medicine, 1959; Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 1969

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