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
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.
Yes! The book speaks to a therapist and he is a great educator!
The entire book was great
The honesty of Kottler in disclosing how he really feels towards
The case case studies the blast open our limited imagination of what to expect in the therapy room.
First time listener of Rob Shapiro
From chortle to flizzen - I smiled my way through the first 8 chapters, shaking my head often in agreement, as in
We need more textbooks in audio file format.
Therapists learn from their patients. Surprise.
If you are looking for a behind-the-curtain look into therapy, keep looking. The narration goes on an on about what you will do as a therapist. Schools of thought are mentioned but not discussed. I wanted to hear true life stories of success and failure in the field.
I should be higher minded, but I also wanted to hear crazy stuff people reveal in therapy.
But it wasn't there.
It is mostly a guy going on and on about what a therapist is, not an in-depth look at what therapists do. I made it half way through.
"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
"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.
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.
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