On Being a Therapist
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.
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.
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
That Which Is Not Said