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Publisher's Summary

Mary Pipher's groundbreaking investigation of America's "girl-poisoning culture", Reviving Ophelia, has sold nearly two million copies and established its author as one of the nation's foremost authorities on family issues. In Letters to a Young Therapist, Dr. Pipher shares what she has learned in 30 years as a therapist, helping warring families, alienated adolescents, and harried professionals restore peace and beauty to their lives.

Letters to a Young Therapist gives voice to her practice with an exhilarating mix of storytelling and sharp-eyed observation. And while her letters are addressed to an imagined young therapist, every one of us can take something away from them. Long before "positive psychology" became a buzzword, Dr. Pipher practiced a refreshingly inventive therapy - fiercely optimistic, free of dogma or psychobabble, and laced with generous warmth and practical common sense. But not until now has this gifted healer described her unique perspective on how therapy can help us revitalize our emotional landscape in an increasingly stressful world.

Whether she's recommending daily swims for a sluggish teenager, encouraging a timid husband to become bolder, or simply bearing witness to a bereaved parent's sorrow, Dr. Pipher's compassion and insight shine in every minute of this thoughtful and engaging book.

©2005 Mary Pipher (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The well-known perils of the profession emerge freshly, but also its profound rewards." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A wise and compassionate book." ( Washington Post Book World)

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Definitely worth the listen!!

What made the experience of listening to Letters to a Young Therapist the most enjoyable?

I really loved gaining insight on the things that books dont teach in therapy. There were a lot of examples and you can tell a therapist wrote it because there is a definite skill that this writer has with connecting with their audience. It was warm, entertaining, and through it all shares such valuable information. I found myself wanting to listen to more and more. I listen in the car and was almost wishing I could take notes. Great listen!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The writer: This book is the writer sharing insight with a particular favorite student of hers. I loved how much the writer believed in this student and her skill and potential. This writer offers a lot of valuable information is a fun way!

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

The reader has a warm and inviting tone. At times I felt that I was in fact the young therapist she was addressing her letters too and I believe a lot of that has to do with the reader's style and voice.

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

I really liked the chapter on the use of analogies but all of it was very good! There was not a part I did not like.

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  • Jay
  • ATLANTA, GA, United States
  • 09-10-12

Great book and a great listen!!!

Would you listen to Letters to a Young Therapist again? Why?

Yes. Great advice, warm prose etc...

What other book might you compare Letters to a Young Therapist to and why?

The Sacred Romance

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

She is in line with the author with her warmth.

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

Yes and no. Could go either way because it is so enjoyable yet has so much good stuff in it you want to read it slow.

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I Love This Book

I've listened to this book twice over the years and turn to specific passages when I need an inspirational boost. The narration is smooth and the wisdom timeless. I'm a counselor myself and appreciate the insight for therapists or anyone who wants to live a richer, more meaningful life.

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one of the best

The narrator Elizabeth Foss really did justice to an excellent audio book. This will be very helpful for anyone interested in therapy or working with people. Full of wisdom and down to earth wth stories that are descriptive and engaging. Easy to listen to and I look forward to listenning again, something I rarely do. Mary Pipher has an engaging style and warmth that comes across, especially in audio. on reflection I think that aspiring writers and storytellers would also enjoy this book. Just the right length and I am looking forward to listenning to more by both author and reader.

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A must-read for understanding the therapy process.

This is a book for the individual wanting to know about the therapy process. If you are considering the calling of a therapist, this will be a book that tells a story of another professional. If you are already a practicing helper, this may be the book to rekindle the spirit of therapy.

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Clear-eyed perspective on life, culture, issues

I found this book to be a straightforward story of advice one might give one’s younger self, through benefit of time, experience and the wisdom gained through both. The focus is psychotherapy as a professional occupation yet centers on the human condition which transcends professional advice.

The author was raised in Nebraska in the 1950s and eschews much about current societal / cultural mores. Some may see this as saccharine or overly sentimental. To me this provided context. The reader can take it or leave it. In sum, I found this to be a frank look at therapy as an occupation mixed with a great deal of common sense advice in dealing with thorny, complex issues.

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  • 09-18-17

Great book, disconnected narration

This book is an excellent memoir of a therapist. I found it enjoyable and helpful in many ways. The narrator missed the point of the book, sounding arrogant and contemptuous toward the clients quoted. The disconnect between content and tone was distracting.

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Amazing

Loved it! I will be listening again to this book. Wonderful narrator and story line.

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Excellente

I found Mary's words to be soothing nurturing informative and a delight to listen to.

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  • 07-01-15

Highly recommended

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole of this book. it was well performed and well written.

As an aspiring therapist I found it insightful, informative, and encouraging, whilst also feeling wise and realistic.

As a person who has been in therapy I found it to be a realistic insight into the process, and it gave me food for thought about some of my own issues.

As a human being who is interested in human beings and their stories I found it fascinating and engaging.

I guess the format (letters to a young therapist from her older supervisor) could have felt contrived but I didn't get that at all. In fact I felt the letters gave the book a focus and a structure and a flow. My only wish is that it was longer. I could have easily listened to twice as much and will definitely listen to it more than once.

Thank you to the author for sharing her experience so honestly.