Mary Pipher's groundbreaking investigation of America's "girl-poisoning culture", Reviving Ophelia, has sold nearly two million copies and established its author as one of the nation's foremost authorities on family issues. In Letters to a Young Therapist, Dr. Pipher shares what she has learned in 30 years as a therapist, helping warring families, alienated adolescents, and harried professionals restore peace and beauty to their lives.
Letters to a Young Therapist gives voice to her practice with an exhilarating mix of storytelling and sharp-eyed observation. And while her letters are addressed to an imagined young therapist, every one of us can take something away from them. Long before "positive psychology" became a buzzword, Dr. Pipher practiced a refreshingly inventive therapy - fiercely optimistic, free of dogma or psychobabble, and laced with generous warmth and practical common sense. But not until now has this gifted healer described her unique perspective on how therapy can help us revitalize our emotional landscape in an increasingly stressful world.
Whether she's recommending daily swims for a sluggish teenager, encouraging a timid husband to become bolder, or simply bearing witness to a bereaved parent's sorrow, Dr. Pipher's compassion and insight shine in every minute of this thoughtful and engaging book.
©2005 Mary Pipher (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"The well-known perils of the profession emerge freshly, but also its profound rewards." (Publishers Weekly)
"A wise and compassionate book." (Washington Post Book World)
I really loved gaining insight on the things that books dont teach in therapy. There were a lot of examples and you can tell a therapist wrote it because there is a definite skill that this writer has with connecting with their audience. It was warm, entertaining, and through it all shares such valuable information. I found myself wanting to listen to more and more. I listen in the car and was almost wishing I could take notes. Great listen!
The writer: This book is the writer sharing insight with a particular favorite student of hers. I loved how much the writer believed in this student and her skill and potential. This writer offers a lot of valuable information is a fun way!
The reader has a warm and inviting tone. At times I felt that I was in fact the young therapist she was addressing her letters too and I believe a lot of that has to do with the reader's style and voice.
I really liked the chapter on the use of analogies but all of it was very good! There was not a part I did not like.
Yes. Great advice, warm prose etc...
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She is in line with the author with her warmth.
Yes and no. Could go either way because it is so enjoyable yet has so much good stuff in it you want to read it slow.
I've listened to this book twice over the years and turn to specific passages when I need an inspirational boost. The narration is smooth and the wisdom timeless. I'm a counselor myself and appreciate the insight for therapists or anyone who wants to live a richer, more meaningful life.
The narrator Elizabeth Foss really did justice to an excellent audio book. This will be very helpful for anyone interested in therapy or working with people. Full of wisdom and down to earth wth stories that are descriptive and engaging. Easy to listen to and I look forward to listenning again, something I rarely do. Mary Pipher has an engaging style and warmth that comes across, especially in audio. on reflection I think that aspiring writers and storytellers would also enjoy this book. Just the right length and I am looking forward to listenning to more by both author and reader.
This is a book for the individual wanting to know about the therapy process. If you are considering the calling of a therapist, this will be a book that tells a story of another professional. If you are already a practicing helper, this may be the book to rekindle the spirit of therapy.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole of this book. it was well performed and well written.
As an aspiring therapist I found it insightful, informative, and encouraging, whilst also feeling wise and realistic.
As a person who has been in therapy I found it to be a realistic insight into the process, and it gave me food for thought about some of my own issues.
As a human being who is interested in human beings and their stories I found it fascinating and engaging.
I guess the format (letters to a young therapist from her older supervisor) could have felt contrived but I didn't get that at all. In fact I felt the letters gave the book a focus and a structure and a flow. My only wish is that it was longer. I could have easily listened to twice as much and will definitely listen to it more than once.
Thank you to the author for sharing her experience so honestly.
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