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The Making of a Therapist: A Practical Guide for the Inner Journey / Edition 1

The Making of a Therapist: A Practical Guide for the Inner Journey / Edition 1

by Louis Cozolino
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Lessons from the personal experience and reflections of a therapist.

The difficulty and cost of training psychotherapists properly is well known. It is far easier to provide a series of classes while ignoring the more challenging personal components of training. Despite the fact that the therapist's self-insight, emotional maturity, and calm centeredness are critical for successful psychotherapy, rote knowledge and technical skills are the focus of most training programs. As a result, the therapist's personal growth is either marginalized or ignored. The Making of a Therapist counters this trend by offering graduate students and beginning therapists a personal account of this important inner journey.

Cozolino provides a unique look inside the mind and heart of an experienced therapist. Readers will find an exciting and privileged window into the experience of the therapist who, like themselves, is just starting out. In addition, The Making of a Therapist contains the practical advice, common-sense wisdom, and self-disclosure that practicing professionals have found to be the most helpful during their own training.The first part of the book, 'Getting Through Your First Sessions,' takes readers through the often-perilous days and weeks of conducting initial sessions with real clients. Cozolino addresses such basic concerns as: Do I need to be completely healthy myself before I can help others? What do I do if someone comes to me with an issue or problem I can't handle? What should I do if I have trouble listening to my clients? What if a client scares me? The second section of the book, 'Getting to Know Your Clients,' delves into the routine of therapy and the subsequent stages in which you continue to work with clients and help them. In this context, Cozolino presents the notion of the 'good enough' therapist, one who can surrender to his or her own imperfections while still guiding the therapeutic relationship to a positive outcome.

The final section, 'Getting to Know Yourself,' goes to the core of the therapist's relation to him- or herself, addressing such issues as: How to turn your weaknesses into strengths, and how to deal with the complicated issues of pathological caretaking, countertransference, and self-care.Both an excellent introduction to the field as well as a valuable refresher for the experienced clinician, The Making of a Therapist offers readers the tools and insight that make the journey of becoming a therapist a rich and rewarding experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393704242
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/19/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 213
Sales rank: 157,868
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Louis Cozolino, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and a private practitioner. He is the author of The Healthy Aging Brain, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, and The Making of a Therapist. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Imagination and Realityxiv
Discovering and Taming the Unconsciousxvi
The Goals of this Bookxx
Part 1Getting Through Your First Sessions
1.What Have I Gotten Myself Into?5
"I Don't Know"7
Giving Yourself Permission to Not Know9
Desperately Seeking Systems11
Dreams of the Messiah13
2.Getting Centered and Learning to Listen16
Take Time to Get Centered18
The Power of Listening19
Eye Contact21
Communication Styles in Psychotherapy24
3.Now What Do I Do?29
Psychotherapy in a Nutshell31
What to Say, What to Do32
Case Conceptualizations35
Treatment Plans37
Case Notes38
The Catch-2240
4.Survival Strategies41
Don't Panic in the Face of the Pathology42
Expect the Unexpected45
Crisis as Communication48
Don't Try to Reason with an Irrational Person50
Don't Forget a Client's Strengths53
5.Beware of Assumptions55
Cultural and Religious Assumptions58
No One Is an Expert on Culture62
Prejudice Is Everywhere63
The Shame of the Accused65
Part 2Getting to Know Your Clients
6.Challenges and Strategies69
The Value of Confusion71
The Good-Enough Therapist73
Making Good Mistakes79
The Projective Hypothesis83
Silence as a Background for Communication87
7.The Therapist's Feelings: Anticipated and Unanticipated91
"Hey, That Was My Insight!"94
Sexual Attraction96
The Power of Regression100
Doctor Heal Thyself102
8.It's Scary to Go to Therapy: The Paradox of Client Resistance105
The Basic Paradox109
Meeting Resistance with Acceptance111
Dealing with Cancellations116
Premature Termination118
Wanting to Fire a Client122
Discussing and Collecting Fees124
Making Interpretations127
9.In the Eye of the Storm: The Therapist's Challenge132
Shuttling Between Yourself and Your Client134
Shuttling Between Mind and Body137
Learning from Distraction, Boredom, and Fatigue140
On Being Tied to the Mast141
The Seduction of Words142
Talking Less and Saying More145
Paying Attention to Dreams147
10.Turning Weaknesses into Strengths149
Taking Sides and Neutrality150
Reality Drift152
Knowing Your Stimulus Value155
Part 3Getting to Know Yourself
11.Uncovering Countertransference165
Manifestations and Underlying Issues168
An Exercise in Uncovering Countertransference170
"Things Were Just Perfect"173
12.The Making of a Caretaker176
The Vulnerable Healer177
The Therapist's Childhood in the Consulting Room179
Pathological Caretaking180
The Gifted Child182
Shame-Based Experience and Behavior185
Becoming a Therapist186
13.Building a Satisfying and Sane Career: Cautions and Encouragement188
Principle 1Know Your Limits and Select Your Clients188
Principle 2Engage in Consistent Self-Care189
Principle 3Keep Perspective191
Principle 4Watch Out for Trauma Contagion192
Principle 5Know Your Laws and Ethics193
What They Don't Teach You in School195
What Therapeutic Orientation Should You Choose?197
Where Should You Work?200
14.Walkin' the Walk204
References and Suggested Readings211

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