On Being a Therapist

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 5, 2010 - Psychology - 352 pages
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An updated revision of Jeffrey Kottler's classic book reveals the new realities and inner experiences of therapeutic practice today

For more than 25 years On Being a Therapist has inspired generations of mental health professionals to explore the most private and sacred aspects of their work helping others. In this new edition, he explores many of the challenges that therapists face related to increased technology, surprising research, the Internet, advances in theory and technique, as well as stress in the international and global economy, managed care bureaucracy, patients with anxiety and depression from unemployment, dysfunctional families, poor education, poverty, parenting issues, often court mandated. Consequently, there's a wealth of new information that explores many forbidden subjects that are rarely admitted, much less talked about openly.

  • Goes deeper than ever before into the inner world of therapist's hopes and fears
  • Written by Jeffrey Kottler the "conscience of the profession" for his willingness to be so honest, authentic, and courageous
  • New chapters explore dealing with failures, reluctant patients, how clients change therapists, and more

There is also increased focus on the therapist's role and responsibility to promote issues of social justice, human rights, and systemic changes within the community and world at large.


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Absolutely wonderful as a personal reflection and teaching tool. As a counselor educator, it is always a challenge to get counselors-in-training to talk about some of the more difficult aspects of being a counselor (ex. how clients truly impact us). This book cuts right to it and facilitates wonderful discussions and self-reflections. Love it.  

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In 1986 the 1st edition saved my professional life. 25 years still practicing therapy, and taking care of myself. This book is very essential to your survival and will be a beacon in times, when you least expect it.


The Therapists Journey
Struggles for Power and Influence
Personal and Professional Lives
How Clients Change Their Therapists
Hardships of Therapeutic Practice
Being Imperfect Living with Failure
Patients Who Test Our Patience
Boredom and Burnout
Lies We Tell Ourselvesand Others
Alternative Therapies for Therapists
Toward Creativity and Personal Growth
About the Author
Name Index
Subject Index

That Which Is Not Said

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Jeffrey A. Kottler is professor, Department of Counseling, California State University, Fullerton. He is the author or coauthor of more than eighty books, including the New York Times best seller The Last Victim, Divine Madness, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, and Changing People′s Lives While Transforming Your Own. He is also head of the Madhav Ghimire Foundation, which provides scholarships for at-risk girls in Nepal.

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