The imperfect therapist: learning from failure in therapeutic practice

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Jossey-Bass, 1989 - Psychology - 188 pages
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Examines the ways in which therapists experience failure and offers suggestions for confronting failures, dealing with anxieties and maintaining personal and professional growth

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Reading this book made me feel anxious at first but better as I progressed. It feels good to know that making mistakes and "failing" are a part of this field. It's okay to be imperfect. The most ... Read full review

Contents

Fear and Avoidance of Failure in Therapy
20
Unproductive Defenses Against Failure
40
Benefits of Confronting Imperfection
56
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About the author (1989)

Jeffrey A. Kottler has authored over 65 books in the field for counselors, therapists, teachers, and the public, including COMPASSIONATE THERAPY: WORKING WITH DIFFICULT CLIENTS; ON BEING A THERAPIST; COUNSELORS FINDING THEIR WAY; MAKING CHANGES LAST; COUNSELING SKILLS FOR TEACHERS; DIVINE MADNESS: TEN STORIES OF CREATIVE STRUGGLE; BAD THERAPY: MASTER THERAPISTS SHARE THEIR WORST FAILURES; THE CLIENT WHO CHANGED ME: STORIES OF THERAPIST PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION; and THE MUMMY AT THE DINING ROOM TABLE: EMINENT THERAPISTS REVEAL THEIR MOST UNUSUAL CASES AND WHAT THEY TEACH US ABOUT HUMAN BEHAVIOR.
Jeffrey has worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in a preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, university, community college, and private practice. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Peru and Iceland, teaching counseling theory and practice. He has also served as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and Nepal. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at California State University, Fullerton.

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