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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]

Irvin D. Yalom
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27 Feb 2003 0749923733 978-0749923730 New Ed

THE GIFT OF THERAPY is the culmination of master psychiatrist Dr Irvin Yalom's thirty-five years' work as a therapist, illustrating through real case studies how patients and therapists alike can get the most out of therapy. Presented as eighty-five 'tips' for 'beginner therapists', Yalom shares his own fresh approach and the insights he has gained while treating his patients. Personal, and sometimes provocative, Yalom makes some unorthodox suggestions, including: Let the patient matter to you; Acknowledge your errors; Create a new therapy for each patient; Make home visits; (Almost) never make decisions for a patient; and Freud was not always wrong.

This is an entertaining, informative and insightful read for both beginners and more experienced therapists, patients, students and everyone with an interest in the subject.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (27 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749923733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749923730
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Irvin Yalom is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University. He has won two major awards from the American Psychiatric Association. He continues to run his clinical practice and lectures widely.

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'Yalom writes with the narrative wit of O. Henry and the earthy humour of Isaac Bashevis Singer' San Francisco Chronicle

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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.

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
'Gift'comprises a treasury of 85 tips gathered from Yalom's forty five years of psychotherapy experience. They're organised into four sections: the therapist-patient relationship; therapy content; issues arising from therapy; dreams; and the hazards and privileges of being a therapist.
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.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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As always, Yalom's writing is immediately accessible and free from jargon. As is his thinking. What I most like about this book is his honesty; the fact that he sometimes goes overtime on sessions with clients; that he sometimes double-books his appointments; that he sometimes gets bored with clients. What I also like is what he suggests as creative ways to work with all of the above. This is the voice of an experienced therapist who has learned the 'rules' well, and can now play with them. I guess for therapists who are less well experienced, it may not be wise to become too idiosyncratic until we have the years of experience that Yalom does - but at least he keeps alive the awareness that therapy does not exist for the sake of the therapist or his/her school of training, but for the client. My favourite quote: "the difference between good mothers and bad mothers (and hence therapists) is not in the commission of errors, but in what they do with them".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting and relaxing book 4 Oct 2006
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I bought this amongst a lot of work related text books, for my work as a metaphysician and therapist. I've found this invaluable and the insight into the author's work an absolute delight.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, essential, essential. 7 Jun 2013
By B. Orr
Format:Kindle Edition
How much would I have appreciated this book at the start of my therapist training, instead of the garbage I was given on "randomised control trial proves this" and "evidence supports wholeheartedly this intervention". Was to find out later these statements were brainwashing - exaggerations at best, and downright lies at worse. This book describes so brilliantly why people are barking up the wrong tree, if they're saying things like this.

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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an invaluable resource 1 Sep 2005
Format:Paperback
Well, after reading "Loves Executioner" I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one. A slightly different format this time, but a natural successor and designed to be exactly what it was - a treasure trove of hints and tips for counsellors and therapists. Yalom states at the outset that he drew up a list, words of advice that he wanted to impart, but upon finding that he had over 200, had to whittle it down to essential key issues. This he does well, using lots of mini-chapters and case histories to illustrate what might happen, how he dealt with it, how he and the clients benefitted and of course, the pitfalls that we may encounter. The advantage of his hindsight and experience provides us with a wonderful tutorial.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wise words from an old sage 2 Nov 2011
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Such a refreshing read in these days of 'measured outcomes', 'quick-fix' therapies, and other such nonsense.
It is the spirit of therapy that shines through in these little musings and a therapist's voice, deeply personal, mellow and infused with the wisdom of experience; idiosyncratic to a degree and yet tempered (most of the time) with necessary humility.
Kevin Chandler: psychotherapist and novelist Listening in: A Novel of Therapy and Real Life
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile and easy to read 17 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
All therapists should read this, as you are likely to gain some useful insights, tips and advice. It's really easy to read, you can pick it up and put it down within minutes and resume reading without feeling lost. So, it's good for the busy therapist!! I love Yalom's writing, his down to earth approach, and his honesty. All characteristics that should be admired. Read it!
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As a qualified counsellor I found this book very interesting and informative. As a client I was intrigued by Yalom' s thoughts about his clients and how much self-disclosure he... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Gillian Cameron
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One of my favourite books ever ! Insightful and instructive with an emphasis on being real.
Published 2 months ago by Angela Brooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
The authenticity of Yalom in his work with patients is an inspiration to anybody involved in therapy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr glen simons
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener
First book of this sort I have read and I devoured it in a day! Interesting and has kind of helped me understand my own therapist.
Published 5 months ago by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
As always Yalom delivers this book in his own unique style. Have not fully read this yet but from what I have it is always a joy to read his material.
Published 5 months ago by Weegie
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Very well wrote and very informative. Best read I had in a long time, I thoroughly enjoyed it. top notch
Published 5 months ago by John Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I bought this as a gift for quite a few friends then I bought my own copy. I am a bit of a fan of Irvin Yalom and this book is okay. However, it is nothing on Love's Executioner. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jules1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Just so easy to read, Yalom clearly wants people to enjoy reading as well as learn from his book, its amazing how fast I read this and how much I learnt along the way. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sophie eliades
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