The Psychotherapist as Healer

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

T. Byram Karasu, M.D.
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.

Biography

Renowned throughout the medical community, psychiatrist T. Byram Karasu, M.D. is the Silverman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Sigmund Freud Award and the APA's Presidential Commendation.

Dr. Karasu has published extensively in professional journals and is the author of psychiatric textbooks such as the seminal Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders. He has also written spiritual self-help guides, including the New York Times bestsellers The Art of Serenity and The Spirit of Happiness; and, in 2009, he published Rags of My Soul, a first book of poetry.

Good To Know

Karasu explained in our interview how he likes to unwind: "I like quietness; I seek sanctuary in places protected from the sounds of civilization. I like to sit still in my garden -- I am a good gardener, hard labor part included -- and I listen to nature, the ultimate teacher. There for hours I do nothing, waiting, not even waiting, just being. At times I touch a flower, I kiss its petals; I try to get very close to bumblebees and butterflies -- a few times their wings hit my eyelashes. In the garden I commune with the birds, insects and vegetation. I feel one with them and whole."

"My other sanctuaries are writing and reading where I converse with myself and with other authors. Reading a minimum of 200 books to writing 1 is a reasonable proportion. Those who write more than they read, tend to rediscover the wheel -- a lower quality of that. Other times I spend time with friends, my alternative home."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Toksoz Karasu, Toksoz B. Karasu, Toksoz Byram Karasu
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York, and Westport, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 11, 1935
    2. Place of Birth:
      Erzurum, Turkey
    1. Education:
      University of Istanbul School of Medicine, 1959; Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 1969

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The American Guru
1 The Psychotherapist's Anthropological Epitaph: A Haphazard Philosopher 1
2 Do Not Seek to Follow the Footsteps of the Wise; Seek Only What They Sought 11
3 Only Not Knowing Portends Finality 31
4 The One Who Knows Everything Knows Nothing Else 45
5 Cutting the Gordian Knot Is Not the Equivalent of Untying It 79
6 "In the Ordeal of the Self, There Is No Salvation by Immunity" 95
7 Man Transcends the Norm, Going Beyond What Can Be Measured - Therefore, He Has No Norm 105
8 The Ultimate Engagement Is Through Our Common Destiny: I - You - It 121
9 One's Neurosis Is the Best Place to Seek Enlightenment 133
10 Only Redemptive Relations Are Transformative 163
11 If You Understand the Whole, You'll Understand the Parts 201
12 Authentic Communication Is Neither Verbal Nor Silent - It Is an Irreducible Communion 249
13 Ontological Attunement 279
References 305
Index 321
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