The culmination of master psychiatrist Dr. Irvin D. Yalom's more than 35 years in clinical practice, The Gift of Therapy is a remarkable and essential guidebook that illustrates through real case studies how patients and therapists alike can get the most out of therapy. The best-selling author of Love's Executioner shares his uniquely fresh approach and the valuable insights he has gained - presented as 85 personal and provocative "tips for beginner therapists", including:
A book aimed at enriching the therapeutic process for a new generation of patients and counselors, Yalom's Gift of Therapy is an entertaining, informative, and insightful read for anyone with an interest in the subject.
©2002 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
Years of experience in therapy combined with a great narrator equals a fantastic listen.
As a new therapist this book is invaluable in learning how to build a solid therapeutic alliance. Thank You.
I completed my MSW/CSW four years ago but just now starting as a clinician, I found this book incredibly helpful due to the author's explanation of the prime factors relevant to productive therapy and his narrative of client cases. He makes a sound case for inserting the therapist's warmth and judicious self disclosure into the therapy. This book gave me so much more than my university practicum supervisors.
The therapist's reflection on his session, as well as client input made this book an amazing offering on ways to improve the therapeutic experience for both clients and clinicians. I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook and took away items to apply in practice.
I will revisit this book again. Enjoyed Yalom's informative approach to storytelling and educating the reader.
Interests: psychiatry, meditation, spirituality, philosophy, health and nutrition, society, communication, and random meaningful topics.
After many decades of therapy experience, Dr. Yalom offers insight and answers questions that more junior therapists have or may have yet thought about. An excellent read!
Yalom, a master therapist, presents and discusses questions that arise in the consulting room and throughout the ongoing development of anyone who answers the call of serving as a therapist. I'm grateful for his candid disclosure and depth of insight.
As someone in a counseling masters program, I believe this should be required reading both at entrance and exit. Clear, insightful, and a skilled refutation of the short, EB, insurance loving model of therapy. Yalom proves why love, death, and the here and now are so important.
Rivka Edery, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
As others have already pointed out, Dr. Yalom has certainly mastered the art of being a great and sensitive provider of therapy. This is not an easy task, and while many enter the field for various reasons, those that have in mind to further develop themselves personally and professionally, are well-positioned to pass on this gift. Dr. Yalom talks about the critical elements that structure good therapy: empathy, self-disclosure with reason, admitting mistakes, and providing practical guidance. I very much appreciate the time and consideration that Dr. Yalom put into writing this book, and sharing it with anyone interested in the subject.
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