Thoughts for Therapists: Reflections on the Art of Healing

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Therapists use words to help guide their clients through difficult times, but where are the words that can guide the healers as they develop professionally, struggle with difficult cases, adapt to changing times? Here, for practitioners and students, is a reference work which contains the best thoughts of the best thinkers in the field of psychotherapy, addressing the breadth and depth of what it means to be a therapist.

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Overview

Therapists use words to help guide their clients through difficult times, but where are the words that can guide the healers as they develop professionally, struggle with difficult cases, adapt to changing times? Here, for practitioners and students, is a reference work which contains the best thoughts of the best thinkers in the field of psychotherapy, addressing the breadth and depth of what it means to be a therapist.

Schwartz and Flowers have searched through hundreds of books, old and new, as well as thousands of journal articles, to find those words. The book is organized into eight core topic areas, and includes quotations, the authors' own "modest reflections," relevant case histories, anecdotes and references for further reading.
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What People Are Saying

John Preston
"A masterful weaving together of insights and inspiration from master therapists...a one-of-a-kind book that both seasoned therapists and students will find valuable."--(John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP, Alliant International University, Author, You Can Beat Depression and Survivors)
Nikolaos Kazantzis
"Both the novice practitioner and seasoned professional will find Thoughts for Therapists inspiring, stimulating, and challenging - I highly recommend this interesting book."--(Nikolaos Kazantzis, Ph.D., Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Raymond Chip Tafrate
"...contains expert guidance, wisdom, and practical tips likely to be comforting and valuable for therapists at all stages of their careers."--(Raymond Chip Tafrate, Ph.D., Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Central Connecticut State University, Co-Author, Anger Management: The Complete Treatment Guidebook for Practitioners)
Rick Landis
"...spoke with insight and clarity about what it means to be a therapist...what it means to be human and how to connect and assist in the on-going dialogue of human connection. I wish I had this book when I was teaching students and interns."--(Rick Landis, Executive Editor, Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886230743
  • Publisher: Impact Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: The Practical Therapist Ser.
  • Pages: 137
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Section I. On the Therapist's Challenges

The Complexity of Clinical Work

Client Resistance

Clarity of Communication

Maintaining Boundaries

Therapy and Men

Therapy and Women

Accepting Our Clinical Limitations

Section II. On the Nature of the Healing Relationship

Bonding

Caring

Empathy

Acceptance

Trustworthiness

Responsiveness to Negative Feedback

Section III. On the Characteristics of Healers

Emotional Intelligence

Passion

Patience

Positive Expectations

Persistence

Creativity

Credibility

Section IV. The Therapist Acts

Problem Solving

Collaborating

Engendering Hope

Goal Setting

Confronting Clients

Flexibility

Using Humor

Section V. The Healer's Journey

Success

Dealing with Failure and Criticism

Self-Care

Section VI. Healing the Deeper Wounds

Grieving and Loss

Treating Trauma Victims

The Paralysis of Shame

The Option of Forgiveness

Section VII. The Artof Healing: The Debates

Advice Giving

Self-Disclosure Versus Professional Anonymity

Empirical Versus Intuitive Therapy

On Healing in a "Briefer-the-Better" HMO World

Views of Human Nature

Section VIII. Evolving Perspectives on Therapy

The Neurobiological View of Therapy

Mindfulness: The Eastern View

The Constructivist View

Resource-Based Therapy

After-Thoughts

References and Selected Readings

Index
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