• The Making of a Therapist

  • A Practical Guide for the Inner Journey
  • By: Louis Cozolino
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (322 ratings)

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By: Louis Cozolino
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The difficulty and cost of training psychotherapists properly is well known. It is far easier to provide a series of classes while ignoring the more challenging personal components of training. Despite the fact that the therapist's self-insight, emotional maturity, and calm centeredness are critical for successful psychotherapy, rote knowledge and technical skills are the focus of most training programs. As a result, the therapist's personal growth is either marginalized or ignored. 

The Making of a Therapist counters this trend by offering graduate students and beginning therapists a personal account of this important inner journey. Cozolino provides a unique look inside the mind and heart of an experienced therapist. Listeners will find an exciting and privileged window into the experience of the therapist who, like themselves, is just starting out. In addition, The Making of a Therapist contains the practical advice, common-sense wisdom, and self-disclosure that practicing professionals have found to be the most helpful during their own training. 

The first part of the book, "Getting Through Your First Sessions", takes listeners through the often-perilous days and weeks of conducting initial sessions with real clients. Cozolino addresses such basic concerns as: Do I need to be completely healthy myself before I can help others? What do I do if someone comes to me with an issue or problem I can't handle? What should I do if I have trouble listening to my clients? What if a client scares me? 

The second section of the book, "Getting to Know Your Clients", delves into the routine of therapy and the subsequent stages in which you continue to work with clients and help them. In this context, Cozolino presents the notion of the "good enough" therapist, one who can surrender to his or her own imperfections while still guiding the therapeutic relationship to a positive outcome. The final section, "Getting to Know Yourself", goes to the core of the therapist's relation to him or herself, addressing such issues as: how to turn your weaknesses into strengths and how to deal with the complicated issues of pathological caretaking, countertransference, and self-care. Both an excellent introduction to the field as well as a valuable refresher for the experienced clinician, The Making of a Therapist offers listeners the tools and insight that make the journey of becoming a therapist a rich and rewarding experience.

©2004 Louis J. Cozolino (P)2018 Tantor

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Excellent for Therapists at All Stages

I am just starting out as an MFT, and found this book to be so helpful, guiding me through some of the fears and concerns I had during the first few sessions with clients. I feel that this will be a book I will reread over and over again, as there is much wisdom to be gained from it at all points in one's career.

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Great info for a new or seasoned therapist

I have been a therapist for many years, and this book has changed my practice

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You are to blame as the therapist....

I just can't gnaw on this one very well. It is so liberal in its view of the therapist and how much blame is to be past in the therapist's direction that I stopped listening to it after a while. It reads like a textbook and he is not very honest when it comes to the real feelings of a therapist and some of the most challenging and manipulative clients that you will see. No matter the problem, it is the therapist that always fails. Cozolino never delves into the complexity of some people that you will see and the clients that will come in to abuse and manipulate you at every turn. If this does happen, you still must look inward at your failure to help this person, and your failure as a therapist. I just can't subscribe to this kind of viewpoint.

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The Reader of the Book Drags the Book Down

The book seems reasonable, so out of sheer commitment to that I endured the tortuous reading. The reader has a style that is anti-therapeutic, and just plain irritating.

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Essential

Loved this book, helped so much. Recommend to all new therapists. If your just starting out, or ever feel like a fraud, listen to this book!

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Meh & Wow

There were a couple of chapters I decided to listen again. Chapter 12 was enlightening.

But the reading performance makes the book sound very dry. Some of the tips, such as "Don't panic", are worth my money. Wait, I used a free credit...

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fantastic

Fantastic read for any therapist no matter their level in the field. I would highly recommend it.

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Much Needed Honest Perspective on Counseling

The audio version of this book felt like someone stripped me to my very soul. The author was soooo spot on about the personal motivations and aspirations of therapists and students of therapy.

And even though I still haven't found a Residency to complete the requisite hours to even sit for my exam, this book has helped ME understand why I would not want to pursue a counseling career full-time. And while I continue to wait for that part-time residency, listening to this book helped me sift out my reasonings for pursuing a graduate degree in therapy--AND to be completely accepting of my choices.

While the author gives us an unblinking, honest perspective of those of us in the caring fields, it also provides a refreshingly joyous invitation for us to continue growing in our self awareness and potential for countertransference.

This audiobook would make me stop in my tracks because of the honesty and forthrightness. I am absolutely grateful for this audiobook.

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Counseling Psychology Student

As a student I enjoyed this book and would have loved to have read it sooner.

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Relatability

During a time of questioning, I appreciate this reassurance. It was perfectly timed and intentionally listened to. It made me feel a whole lot better especially because majority of what was mentioned is already how I show up. So thank you.

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