An updated revision of Jeffrey Kottler's classic book On Being a Therapist reveals the new realities and inner experiences of therapeutic practice today.
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A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors.
Absolutely if they work in the helping profession.
The book is full of hernest and difficult discussions about being a therapist.
I can't say I had a favorite section. Personally I think I benefited from the discussions on what good therapists have done wrong as well the section on identifying projection and burn out. The author completely humanizes the field of therapy while also paying homage to what we do on a daily basis. I loved everything about this book.
I would say this book made me smile with eyes slightly wider open. It made me feel more comfortable with myself in my profession. I am better able to gauge what I do well and what I can work on professionally, after listening to this book. I will probably listen a second time to it in a few months to see if I pick up anything else important. If you are a therapist, social worker, social service professional then this book can probably help you better understand yourself and the field you work in. I also think this book would be helpful to students considering this field of work.
Though this was a requirement for a class, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Kottler's straightforwardness provided a clearer vision into the world of counseling and what was to be expected. Never have I ever read a textbook that made me think as hard and at times, laugh out loud as this book. The insight that Kottler provides is immeasurable. Reading this book was like talking with the author himself. Whether in school or a professional in the field, this is a definite must read. I look forward to reading more from this professional. The narration, provided by Rob Shapiro, added so much humanism to the text. I both read and listened to this book and both versions provided a plethora of information and insight...
Loved it! Not intended for the lay person but for the therapist or counselor seeking to improve him or herself. Well written and interesting.
I liked the book and would recommend it for the information it provides about the downside of a therapist's life. It is difficult to imagine many of the obstacles that might lie ahead if we haven't worked in this area. However, I would like to note that some of the problems cited by the author are common to almost all jobs or careers.
It seems to me that Mr. Kottler's main goal is to sell the services in his new line of work.
Rob Shapiro is my favorite narrator ever! His voice, rhythm, and diction are perfect. It's hard to get used to other readers after listening to him. I wish he had read more of the books that I ordered.
Yes! The book speaks to a therapist and he is a great educator!
The entire book was great
This book tells you everything you need to know if you are a psychotherapist or if you plan on becoming one. Kottler keeps it real and honest and what he says is very relatable. I am truly grateful to have found this wonderful book, it makes you feel that you are not the only one who sees our job as a beautiful but VERY difficult task, it validates your feelings, and makes you feel normal. Thank you so much!
I am considering becoming a psychotherapist and found this book to be the deepest and most honest 360 degree look at what it means to be a therapist. I wish other professional fields had books as deep and as wide as this one. Kottler offers an unvarnished but complete picture of how therapists do what they best, how they must guard against a whole host of "bad practices" and the rewards of the profession. He takes an broad view of the subject and has no axe to grind about one style of therapy vs. another. I was on the fence about making the commitment to becoming a therapist and this book helped me make the decision with an emphatic "yes" precisely because it has enabled me to start with eyes wide open. It served to further clarify my motives as well as richly portray what a typical day in the life of a therapist is like. Indeed, an entire career arc. It covers the highs, the lows, in brutally self-honest terms. I can't recommend it enough.
Eclectic physical philosopher, carbon free commuter, fitness consultant, personal trainer, non-medical nutritional counselor, yoga teacher.
Whether you are one, I plan to be one, or have one, this is a very interesting read. I enjoyed it very much and if I do get accepted into a program will possibly even listen to it again. I appreciated the honesty.
"Well Worth it"
As a counsellor I really liked this. It really gets behind what it's like to be a counsellor. Very honest. He validates what counsellors might be thinking but not saying. Very comprehensive expose. I learned a lot. I could identify with it. Kottler seems very professional and he shares a lot of interviews he has done with famous theorists and therapists. He deals with the self awareness we need to be effective. He also deals with ethics, impairment and burnout. Excellent
A fascinating insight into the world of the talking therapies. The author makes a good case for therapy while at the same time exposing its foibles, inadequacies and is always shining a bright light on the sheer fogginess of the profession. The author isn't afraid to discuss his doubt and whether he knows what he is doing at all. As he says, imagine how you'd feel if a surgeon expressed the same doubt prior to carrying out you heart bypass.
I was moved by the author's efforts to start a charity in Nepal to help children who would otherwise be sold into the sex trade. Showing that while therapy has a place in trying to "cure" individual ills, other actions are required to repair societal problems.
A whole host of therapists (good, bad and ugly) make up the considerably tome of anecdotal research.
If you can afford it, it may or not be good to talk...
A enjoyable listen, but I was slightly disappointed by the North-America centric survey. It could have been weighted by more referencing to British and European therapists and thinkers. Freud of course is mentioned but there is no place for Lacan. Also, given that the author describes the job of a therapists as a "practical philosophy" it's a shame he never referred to some of the heavyweight thinkers whose writing and thinking gave birth to the pyschoanalitic movement in the first place.
"Insightful, inspiring and even enjoyable."
I found this audio book to be totally insightful and felt inspired by it. It unveils the therapists perspective and creates a real picture of what Being a therapist is like.
I like his candid style. The book gives an insight into the joys and struggles of being a therapist. As a student, I learn all about the client experience but don't really gain an understanding of the other side. So this book has been a real gift.
I love Rob's mellow tone and the clarity of his voice.
"Top notch, insight into why anyone should find out"
... why they'd decide to be a couselor/psychologist or social worker. Or did become one.
The part about colleagues who have cherished theories about things - when it's probable that their own experiences enforced those beliefs.
Nope, not yet.
Foreword, Patients from hell and the Iraq veteran's father letter to mr Kottler.
On my fourth 'read' now, I read it every semester during my master's studies to be a psychologist. A lot of insight to be gleaned.
"one great read"
best book of this nature I've ever read. bought the paper version now too.
why is there not more like this?
"A must have!"
If you want to be a therapist, this book should be in the obligatory curriculum. Kottler is totally skinned in his description of what a therapist experiences, thinks, and feels. By listening to this book, I learned a lot about myself, and the profession I am about to enter.
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