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The Gift of Therapy Audiobook

The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients

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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • Let the patient matter to you
  • Acknowledge your errors
  • Create a new therapy for each patient
  • Do home visits
  • (Almost) never make decisions for the patient
  • Freud was not always wrong

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

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    Jared 06-08-13
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    "Wealth of knowledge, great narrator!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gift of Therapy the most enjoyable?

    Years of experience in therapy combined with a great narrator equals a fantastic listen.


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    As a new therapist this book is invaluable in learning how to build a solid therapeutic alliance. Thank You.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    branmufn3 12-20-15
    branmufn3 12-20-15 Listener Since 2007
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    "Great Read!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi S 05-24-15
    Jodi S 05-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love Yalom"

    Wonderful insights for new and seasoned therapists. Definitely a book to revisit over and over! I recommend for anyone interested in the field is psychotherapy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Refreshing to the soul of a graduate intern!"

    I will revisit this book again. Enjoyed Yalom's informative approach to storytelling and educating the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Olli 09-28-13
    Olli 09-28-13 Member Since 2016

    Interests: psychiatry, meditation, spirituality, philosophy, health and nutrition, society, communication, and random meaningful topics.

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    "Great read for new therapists."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


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    AL 11-19-16
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    "Chapters are short and very interesting."

    This was a great book and narration. Concepts were illustrated in story and detail. I would recommend to anyone.

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    Garden Goddess Utah 10-15-16
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    "Truly a gift from a master therapist"

    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.

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    AgntHaleD 10-06-16
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    "A Must Read for Any mental health professional"

    loved this book. I try to read all his books. so great as a mental health therapist...encouraging and helpful

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    Nicole 06-04-16
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    "2 psychodynamic"

    the information was all right but some of it was much too psychodynamic for me. Yalom mentions that his goal was to provide information that is useful for all schools of thought which I believe was attempted but not achieved do to an extreme focus on psychodynamic., the existentialist aspect did however fit appropriately and was not overdone.

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    mebbutler519 savannah, ga 04-21-16
    mebbutler519 savannah, ga 04-21-16

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    "Glad for convenience of audiobook"
    If you could sum up The Gift of Therapy in three words, what would they be?

    Dr. Yalom's collection of 85 "tips" for the new generation of therapists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, etc.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gift of Therapy?

    His sense of humor is evident in the tips, enjoyable to read.


    What does Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think he conveyed Yalom's tone of voice well


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just the overall material - very enjoyable


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