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On Being a Therapist | [Jeffrey A. Kottler]

On Being a Therapist

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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An updated revision of Jeffrey Kottler's classic book On Being a Therapist reveals the new realities and inner experiences of therapeutic practice today.

©2010 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2012 Tantor

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    Amanda 08-20-12
    Amanda 08-20-12

    A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors.

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    "Excellent Read for Those in the Helping Profession"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely if they work in the helping profession.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Being a Therapist?

    The book is full of hernest and difficult discussions about being a therapist.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Louisville, Georgia, United States 03-18-15
    Donald Louisville, Georgia, United States 03-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "More than just a school book..."

    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...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crazy Social Worker 03-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Written for therapists."

    Loved it! Not intended for the lay person but for the therapist or counselor seeking to improve him or herself. Well written and interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Pierre, SD 11-29-13
    Bonnie Pierre, SD 11-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "WOW WHAT A GREAT BOOK THANK-YOU!!!!!"
    Would you listen to On Being a Therapist again? Why?

    Yes! The book speaks to a therapist and he is a great educator!


    What other book might you compare On Being a Therapist to and why?

    None


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entire book was great


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Again Thanks!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. L. Pike 06-11-15
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    "Great for the new therapist"

    An enjoyable read. He has a lot of knowledge and experience and draws from many other therapists to get different perspectives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 06-02-15
    Sarah 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "To be or not to be a therapist..."

    A must read for anyone who is or wants to be a therapist. It challenges, entertains and enlightens you.

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    Anna 05-28-15
    Anna 05-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "AMAZING BOOK such truth!"
    Would you listen to On Being a Therapist again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to this over and over!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Being a Therapist?

    How Kottler provides exactly what it is like to be a therapist and how clients, families and friends don't understand.


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

    I haven't gotten there yet.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes if I had the time, I too am a therapist and it's a treat to have books I can listen whenever I have even 15 min to myself.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this anyone starting out into becoming a therapist and those have been doing for years or even others that are not in the field and wonder what it's like. So good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus 05-15-15
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    "magical"

    Great from start to finish. The speaker was equally amazing. I recommend to everyone in the field.

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    No-Nonsense Consumer 03-08-15
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    "Insight and candor"

    This book provides a great deal of wisdom and candor about the profession of being a therapist. Ideas are illustrated with a wide variety of real-life examples. The narration is very pleasing, though I did find that listening to it at 1.25 speed was more captivating. So well worth the time!

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    Diane 03-02-15
    Diane 03-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Whiny Therapist"
    What disappointed you about On Being a Therapist?

    Overall some good point-- nevertheless, it was way too whiny for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure if it was the performance or the material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


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  • Marie
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    2/17/13
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    "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

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    London, United Kingdom
    3/23/14
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    "Analysing that..."
    What did you like most about On Being a Therapist?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Being a Therapist?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favourite?

    A whole host of therapists (good, bad and ugly) make up the considerably tome of anecdotal research.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you can afford it, it may or not be good to talk...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Rt Mark-roland
    London, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Insightful, inspiring and even enjoyable."
    If you could sum up On Being a Therapist in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Rob Shapiro bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I love Rob's mellow tone and the clarity of his voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    6/19/15
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    "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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sunshine girl
    Norway
    3/30/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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