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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

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".
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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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    "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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Jodi S 05-24-15
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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.

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    Olli 09-28-13
    Olli 09-28-13 Member Since 2015

    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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    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.

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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.

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    Dominique FL, USA 01-14-15
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    What made the experience of listening to The Gift of Therapy the most enjoyable?

    It's fascinating to hear Dr. Yalom's thoughts about being a therapist. He shares hints and tips, talks about some of his patients' reactions to his garden, mentions current therapists' ideas on Freud, and talks about sharing his feelings with his patients, to cite a few examples.


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

    The passage where Yalom discusses therapists favorite kinds of therapy for their clients vs. what they might prefer for themselves.


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

    The part where Yalom tells a patient that this is the way we are, when she confesses to a negative feeling towards a loved one.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Rob Shapiro had read it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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