- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (27 Feb. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749923733
- ISBN-13: 978-0749923730
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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The Gift Of Therapy: An open letter to a new generation of therapists and their patients: Reflections on Being a Therapist Paperback – 27 Feb 2003
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'Yalom writes with the narrative wit of O. Henry and the earthy humour of Isaac Bashevis Singer' San Francisco Chronicle
This new edition includes over twenty additional pages of new therapy tips by the author reflecting on the major issues and changes he has seen in the world of therapy since he first wrote this book in 2002.See all Product Description
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But don't be mistaken this book of tips is in a different league from some-page-a-day-help-book-for-therapists. Remember this is the same man who has written books that scare potential readers at 20 paces with their size and titles (see The Theory and Practice of Group Therapy and Existential Psychotherapy). The stories are still there, thankfully, and so is the clarity. It is a gem of book that underlines many of the important qualities in the humanistic psychotherapy approach. Practical, inspiring and wise.
I'm an experienced therapist and psychologist now. This is the kind of book that as a therapist, you will read differently over time, and see new meanings in the same words, depending on your stage of training. I look forward to seeing ever more new meanings as I progress in future.
Irvin is one of the greatest therapeutic authors of our time, and that's not an exaggeration. Invest in this, and you invest in your patient's future.
Beautifully written, in meaningful and free flowing language, this is an effortless read which really brings great ideas for one to one therapy.
I'd recommend it highly and am now on a mission to read everything by this author.
The chapters may sometimes only be a paragraph long, but they keep things nicely succint, grouped together in themes which helps the flow. Just as easy to read as "Loves Executioner", just as interesting, but much more useful for the trainee or novice counsellor. Im sure many of us have experienced situations that we felt might have been better handled - this book will give you ideas for future encounters. For me, it showed me where I may have gone wrong and how to remedy things should a similar situation occur in the future. I thoroughly recommend this book.
Not being a therapist myself, I am not able to comment from that particular perspective, but it seems to me that what Yalom is writing about is the kind of pastoral care that, in the past, many people may have sought from their priests, ministers or rabbis. It is interesting that Yalom dislikes the term 'client' (which suggests a business relationship), preferring instead to use the term 'patient' (which seems rather more clinical) - but 'parishioner' might almost be a more fitting expression (though, presumably, there cannot be too great a 'flock' of 'parishioners' at any one time!). I make this comment because Yalom appears, essentially, to be urging therapists to act as secular clergy, supporting and empathising with individuals and, on occasions, giving them direction.
Given his relational/pastoral emphasis, it is unsurprising that he is dismissive of particular fixed approaches to therapy. He is certainly critical of the Person-Centred Approach pioneered by Carl Rogers, but he reserves some of his most scathing remarks for formulaic 'evidence-based therapies' such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
The Gift of Therapy is actually an enjoyable as well as informative read, precisely because it stresses relationship with the human subject rather than adherence to a method.
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Irvin Yalom manages to accomplish the difficult task of straddling the positions of respected academic and popular writer. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jim Ferguson
Know anyone who is interested in personal development or taking counselling - a great read and reference.Published 1 month ago by Ms. S. Findlay
Really loving this book, clear insights, easy to read, a very human and honest perspective on the relationship between therapist and client. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah Perrins
Excellent condition. Not to mention fantastic content. Irvin Yalom is truly a gifted counselling psychologist, I can't put it away.Published 3 months ago by Jacqueline F.
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