The Man with the Beautiful Voice: And More Stories from the Other Side of the Couch

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Beacon Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 162 pages
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Beautifully crafted stories of psychotherapy—told for the first time from the perspective of the therapistIn her long career as a psychotherapist, acclaimed author Lillian Rubin occasionally encountered patients who demanded a very special, even unorthodox, therapeutic approach. For the first time, Dr. Rubin tells thestories of her most fascinating, most challenging case, “from the other side of the couch,” focusing not just on the patient, but on her own inner process as she confronts the issues each case raises. Each of the seven stories she tells is a moving journey into the human psyche, from the secret life of “The Woman Who Wasn’t” or the extreme regression of “The White Hat” to the smoldering rage of “The Man with the Beautiful Voice.” Through these captivating tales, and in a thought-provoking introduction, Dr. Rubin illuminates the process of therapy and how it works, especially when rules need to be bent or even broken. For anyone who has been in therapy, or even wondered what happens behind those tightly sealed doors, this book offers a gift of insight. “This daring and engrossing book offers a unique gift to readers: a window into the mind and the heart of both sides of the therapeutic relationship—the patient’s and the therapist’s. Only a writer and thinker as agile as Lillian Rubin could offer such compelling stories that tell us so much about the process of pain and healing for both patient and therapist.”—Kim Chernin, author of The Hungry SelfLillian B. Rubin is the author of eleven books including Tangled Lives, Worlds of Pain, Intimate Strangers, and Just Friends. A sociologist and psychotherapist, Dr. Rubin has been a senior research associate at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco.
  

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Review: The Man with the Beautiful Voice: And More Stories from the Other Side of the Couch

User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed Lillian Rubin's honesty of the therapeutic process and appreciated her insight. It's a quick read and I was disappointed when it was over-- I wanted more! Read full review

Review: The Man with the Beautiful Voice: And More Stories from the Other Side of the Couch

User Review  - Elise R - Goodreads

Definitely an interesting read, but you might be better served to pick up some Oliver Sachs instead. Rubin does provide some interesting perspective on the everyday workings of your average therapist. I found the stories somewhat interesting, but not terribly well-written. Read full review

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Contents

Doing Therapy
1
The White Hat
16
The Man with the Beautiful Voice
36
The Woman Who Wasnt
55
To Live or Die
81
Watching and Waiting
103
Border Crossings
131
What Makes Therapy Work?
154
Acknowledgments
161
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Lillian B. Rubin is the author of twelve books including Tangled Lives, Worlds of Pain, Intimate Strangers, and Just Friends. A sociologist and psychotherapist, Dr. Rubin has been a senior research associate at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco.

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