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From his thirty-five years as a practicing psychiatrist and as an award-winning author, Irvin D. Yalom imparts his unique wisdom in The Gift of Therapy. 34 quotes from The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients: ‘Though the physicality of death destroys us, th. The culmination of master psychiatrist Dr. Irvin D. Yalom’s more than thirty-five years in clinical practice, The Gift of Therapy is a remarkable and.

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As living beings, we erect amazing defenses against the very thought of death. Jul 24, Sally Therapg rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 23, Brin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Seven sections are devoted to working with dreams, and the remainder of the book is composed of miscellaneous observations and advice on the conduct of therapy with its joys and hazards.

He has ov in diverse techniques and working with groups as well as individual therapy. Nov 27, MsChris rated it liked it Shelves: Throughout the pages, Dr. Want to Read saving….

Easy reading, …more It’s a suite of ideas about how to be a good therapist, written by a famous one, in a sometimes serious sometimes amusing way.

Please review our privacy policy. I enjoyed this book when I started. MSW students, anyone in the “helping” professions. I didn’t understand that asking patients to be your therapist, analyzing their dreams, trying to be their friend, insisting that the patient-therapist relationship resembles all the rest of the patient’s relationships, insisting that there’s always an interpersonal conflict with a subconscious nature that is at the roots of one’s emotional disturbance, using your own feelings about the client as a compass, etc.

It consists of 5 sections with short chapters, some only one page. The Gift of Therapy is a brief work written as a series of 2- to 3-page tips of the trade, with a tone somewhere between that of an informal memoir and off-the-cuff teaching on morning rounds with a seasoned psychiatrist. Death is always with us.


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I was particularly impressed with chapters which emphasize therapist’s use of self. Here is an hterapy Let the patient matter to you Acknowledge your errors Create a new therapy for each patient Do home visits Almost never make decisions for the patientFreud was not always wrong A book aimed at enriching the therapeutic process for a new generation of patients and counselors, Yalom’s Gift of Therapy is an entertaining, informative, and insightful read for anyone with an interest in the subject.

What heals in psychotherapy is not the skills training, it is the supportive, transparent, and caring relationship that empower the client to confront and deal with their own difficulties.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Trivia About The Gift of Thera Yalom is widely considered a contemporary genius in the field when it comes to group therapy which he is often credited with formulating for contemporary contextsand this book, despite his occasional self-indulgences, is fo testament to his brilliant self-effa I have the impression that many books on therapy in the self-help section are full of watered-down insight and oft-repeated platitudes,like clever pats on the back repackaged a thousand times beforebut this book is nothing like that.

The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients

So many relevant insights! How do you live a fulfilling and meaningful life while constantly being aware of death? Paperbackpages. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. This is our opportunity gherapy use the techniques of denial and amazement, or we can accept a confrontation with our own death. I was primarily acquainted with Irvin Yalom: Any attempt at cover-up will ultimately backfire. This can be internalized into a tendency for a therapist to critique her own work with either “ripples self-doubt or grandiosity”.


Anxiety comes from the responsibility of making decisions.

Creativity Dr Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. His gentle writing style and caring tone was a welcomed break from more intense therapy literature.

How do I love this book! Conversations and the recognition of mortality and death can have the concomitant result of distinguishing other forms of denial about anything from aging to the birth of grandchildren.

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On that note, his clients are characters but they are also normal enough to normalize what receiving therapy may be likeso if you are considering it for yourself this is a good way to test the waters of your pre-contemplation. Yalom demonstrates useful and genuine use of self which was a refreshing departure. Lists with This Book. Our work becomes our life. Easy reading, entertaining and useful at the same time, mostly if you are following a therapy or if you are a psychologist yourself, I guess.

There are so many useful tips here, and so this book merits rereads—and I will make sure to dip back in to fish out some morsel of wisdom from time to time.

My client appreciates my efforts in paying attention to what they felt and my curiosity in knowing what they thought. This book reflects experiential depth and without being painfully, theoretically explicit, is an exploration of what healing means to both those who heal and those who are healed. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

His advice to focus on the present and to engage with clients in a way that transcends typical boundaries shows his expertise and insight A fabulous book I would recommend to any aspiring or current therapist.