On Being a Therapist / Edition 4

On Being a Therapist / Edition 4

by Jeffrey A. Kottler
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On Being a Therapist / Edition 4

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470565476
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/05/2010
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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.


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On Being a Therapist 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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!