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Their Finest Hour: Master Therapists Share Their Greatest Success Stories [Paperback]

Jeffrey Kottler , Jon Carlson
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16 May 2008 184590088X 978-1845900885 Reissue
In Their Finest Hour therapists on the cutting edge of their profession detail their most professionally rewarding cases and share what they learnt from them. They talk about what defines achievement in their field, describe how therapy really works and speak frankly about how their cases shaped their ideas. Each contribution is a transcribed interview written into narrative prose, including re-created dialogue based on case notes and recordings. There have been some excellent books in the past about the most interesting and seminal cases of psychotherapy, but never have the greatest successes of the most accomplished theoreticians been assembled in one volume, and told in their own words. Included are stories from: WILLIAM GLASSER PAT LOVE NICK CUMMINGS MICHAEL MAHONEY ALBERT ELLIS LAURA BROWN ARNOLD LAZARUS BRADFORD KEENEY FRANK PITTMAN STEPHEN LANKTON ALVIN MAHRER RICHARD B. STUART JOHN KRUMBOLTZ WILLIAM DOHERTY GORDON WHEELER JOHN GRAY JUDITH V. JORDAN ROBERT A. NEIMEYER DAVID SCHARFF TERRENCE REAL STEPHEN MADIGAN SCOTT MILLER SUSAN M. JOHNSON MICHAEL YAPKO Previously published as ISBN 9780205430031

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing; Reissue edition (16 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184590088X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845900885
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.3 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,089,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It was always said to me that there were three private activities in life, one was teaching, one was being a therapist and the other? ... well, I probably don t need to enlarge upon! Therapy is understandably very personal and rarely do you get a chance to see therapy evolve not just in one session but in a series of sessions. Seldom can you explore what is considered someone s best session from which you can learn what therapy is about, nor do you often get the chance to think about what you consider will be your one of your finest hours in therapy. How do you know if you are making a difference? How do you know what is good therapy ? How do you know what isn t? If you have ever pondered on these questions, if you are curious about how therapy actually works or even nosey about this notion from those considered on the cutting edge of this amazing profession, if you are looking for ways of challenging or even simply expanding upon your own views on what therapy is about, then this is just what you are looking for. There are twenty-nine fascinating chapters that draw you into experienced therapists work and will unquestionably draw you into your own. What better read, than honest well thought out opinions and narratives of therapists at work and not just one approach to therapy either, here you will encounter the richness of many. On reading this, you will be inspired, you will have insights into the inner world of the therapist, you may well have a greater vision of your own inner world, but you will certainly have further developed your own way of being a master therapist! --Tom Barber, Principle Tutor - Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies<br /><br />To read this book is like having a Master Class from the best in the business. In their own words they pass on to us their ideas and their strategies for dealing with a wide variety of subjects. An excellent book from which we can all, from student to experienced therapist, learn so much. --Ursula Markham, Founder and Principal, The Hypnothink Foundation<br /><br />This book shows the powerful benefits that can emerge when experienced therapists look back and reflect upon their clinical work and not only share 'what works' but also describe how they have managed professional difficulties, failures and moments of uncertainty. A number of respected therapists from a variety of backgrounds share 'success' stories and describe clinical cases that illustrate their own unique approach to therapy. Contributors share personal stories about how they work with their clients, who are both individuals and families. The complex (and sometimes disturbing) narrative of everyday human life and family is explored and the concluding chapter (29) provides an excellent analysis and evaluation of core themes. The contributors present vivid case studies dealing with a wide range of challenging problems and issues and show how the therapists own experience can be highly relevant to their care of others and how these experiences can be used to form a healing bond in therapy. In the 21st century, increasingly therapists play a central role in the delivery of healthcare, generally for good, but sometimes for bad. Poignant, honest, and illuminating, 'Their finest hour' allows us to understand more fully the relationship between the personal and the professional. This invaluable work provides inspiration and insight for anyone working at the cutting edge of therapy and provides distilled hard-won knowledge for those who might be contemplating such a career. --Andy Young, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Sheffield Hallam University<br /><br />This is a book that incorporates the thoughts, insights and strategies of some of the finest therapists, and it is inspiring. It is hard to put this book down once you start reading with so much to learn fro --Andy Young, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Sheffield Hallam University

This is a very unique book when compared with the many that I have reviewed over the years. It is not a book of methods or methodology. It is not a book of theories and dreams. It is a book of reality and experience. This book is a collection of writings compiled by therapists who are at the forefront of their profession. They are at the cutting edge and have much expertise and experience to share with us all so that we can, in turn , expand and develop our own working strategies and understandings. In the book they share some of their most rewarding experiences with us and we discover what they were able to learn from them. It is fascinating to read about how see their own version of therapy working and it is refreshing to read very honest and frank accounts of the work that they do and the changes that may have occurred within them and their own work procedures as a result of their experiences. The book is immensely readable and , although based upon interviews, is finally produced as narrative prose which includes considerable examples of dialogue ( re-created) based on the case notes and recordings that each therapist had made. It is a wonderful book and I found it totally fascinating. By the time I reached the end I felt as if I had undergone an inspirational experience and felt my own knowledge was enriched also by the reading of these interesting case studies. It is a treasure chest full of gold nuggets there for the taking. It is so seldom that we have the opportunity to have insight into the life and work of so many amazing therapists. This book is a triumph and is one that I pick up time and time again. --David Slater, The Hypnotherapist, December 2008

This book shows the powerful benefits that can emerge when experienced therapists look back and reflect upon their clinical work and not only share 'what works' but also describe how they have managed professional difficulties, failures and moments of uncertainty. A number of respected therapists from a variety of backgrounds share 'success' stories and describe clinical cases that illustrate their own unique approach to therapy. Contributors share personal stories about how they work with their clients, who are both individuals and families. The complex (and sometimes disturbing) narrative of everyday human life and family is explored and the concluding chapter (29) provides an excellent analysis and evaluation of core themes. The contributors present vivid case studies dealing with a wide range of challenging problems and issues and show how the therapists own experience can be highly relevant to their care of others and how these experiences can be used to form a healing bond in therapy. In the 21st century, increasingly therapists play a central role in the delivery of healthcare, generally for good, but sometimes for bad. Poignant, honest, and illuminating, 'Their finest hour' allows us to understand more fully the relationship between the personal and the professional. This invaluable work provides inspiration and insight for anyone working at the cutting edge of therapy and provides distilled hard-won knowledge for those who might be contemplating such a career. --Andy Young, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Sheffield Hallam University

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“A wonderful book!! I am fascinated to read the conventional and unconventional methods of successful therapists who use their intuition, creativity and humanity rather than just their training to facilitate healing in challenging clients. All therapists, beginning and experienced will be inspired and informed by this book.”
Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
Author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples

“What an incredibly varied compilation of amazing therapists who, through sharing of their insights, strategies, intuitions and theories, offer both rookie and experienced therapists alike, golden nuggets that inspire and instruct! The richness of the stories of clients' lives are woven into tapestries that read like a novel. I love this book!”
Michele Weiner-Davis, M.S.W.
Author of The Sex-Starved Marriage

From behind closed doors, leading therapists share their single-most challenging and ultimately triumphant cases, and recount how these experiences affected their view of therapy and their roles as helpers and healers.

In Their Finest Hour: Master Therapists Share Their Greatest Success Stories, two dozen of the field's best and brightest, on the cutting edge of their profession, relate their most professionally rewarding cases and what they learned from them. Readers will be fascinated as therapists talk about what defines achievement in their field, and how therapy really works. They speak frankly about how their seminal cases shaped their ideas. Told in a narrative style, each story ends with a unique lesson to be learned. The book is practical and accessible for practitioners in the field and those simply interested in the dynamic approaches taken by today's leading therapists.

Jeffrey Kottler is Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at California State University, Fullerton, and has written more than 50 books in psychology, counseling, and related fields. He has authored a dozen texts for counselors and therapists and another dozen on the nature of change. His book, The Last Victim: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, is a New York Times best seller.

Jon Carlson is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University, University Park, and a psychologist at the Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He has authored more than 30 books and 120 articles, and produced more than 100 videos featuring the world's best therapists in action. He currently edits the award-winning The Family Journal.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for Therapists and Counsellors 14 Jun 2008
By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
You may expect a book subtitled "Master Therapists share their greatest success stories" to be full of stories of clients achieving fantastic results through the "magical" skills of their therapist. Actually, nothing could be further from the reality of this book. Instead the book offers a wide range of complex (and often moving) cases that involve months, even years, of therapy to achieve satisfactory, but rarely amazing, outcomes. Sometimes there aren't even clear outcomes. A wide range of therapists is presented here (all American) and their specialities range from feminist therapy to existential therapy, with many in between. However, the conclusion of the book seems to be that it is not the type of therapy that matters but rather the relationship that the therapist builds with the client. I like that conclusion, it gives us mortals hope. There are no "magic bullets" in therapy - follow this model of therapy and you'll win every time - rather a strong bond between therapist and client, and a resourceful, flexible and imaginative approach, will bring you better results. The book is engagingly written with a marvelously wide range of client stories. It will refresh, inspire and encourage your work. And don't miss the alien abduction story !.
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It was always said to me that there were three private activities in life, one was teaching, one was being a therapist and the other? ... well, I probably don't need to enlarge upon! Therapy is understandably very personal and rarely do you get a chance to see therapy evolve not just in one session but in a series of sessions. Seldom can you explore what is considered someone's best session from which you can learn what therapy is about, nor do you often get the chance to think about what you consider will be one of your finest hours in therapy.

How do you know if you are making a difference? How do you know what is `good therapy'? How do you know what isn't? If you have ever pondered on these questions, if you are curious about how therapy actually works or even nosey about this notion from those considered on the `cutting edge' of this amazing profession, if you are looking for ways of challenging or even simply expanding upon your own views on what therapy is about, then this is just what you are looking for.

There are twenty-nine fascinating chapters that draw you into experienced therapists work and will unquestionably draw you into your own. What better read, than honest well thought out opinions and narratives of therapists at work and not just one approach to therapy either, here you will encounter the richness of many.

On reading this, you will be inspired, you will have insights into the inner world of the therapist, you may well have a greater vision of your own inner world, but you will certainly have further developed your own way of being a master therapist!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes for some fine reading hours 30 Dec 2006
By Deb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Interesting therapeutic stories presented in the same tradition, and by the same authors, as The Mummy at the Dining Room Table. Again, and perhaps unbeknownst to the individual therapists, the theory and technique do not even begin to compete with the healing relationship between therapist and client which is the true source of these "finest" outcomes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Famous Therapists with the Common Touch 10 Sep 2008
By A. Mapham - Published on Amazon.com
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Twenty nine famous therapists select their one favourite case from a life time's experience. Forget about a "One Size Fits All" approach! It is the variety & the uniqueness of each approach that makes the book so interesting.

Each therapist responds uniquely to his client's cry for help. They grapple with challenges and come up with unexpected solutions by using their ingenuity, intuition, simple humanity, common sense, passion & daring.
Without exception, the stories are touching and easy to understand. It makes one sceptical about complex psychological theories that are difficult to comprehend! The stories speak eloquently of respect & and a remarkable capacity to care for their fellow travellers on Life's rocky road.
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Finest Hour 3 Jun 2009
By Frona P. Israel, Inc. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Delightfully written by some of the most renoun and creative therapists of our time. The book was also the first to arrive in my mailbox of all of the books I ordered. Frona Israel LCSW, DCFC
5.0 out of 5 stars A top pick for community library psychology and biography collections 10 July 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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There are those patients who make everything their psychiatrist went through worthwhile; "Their Finest Hour: Master Therapists Share Their Greater Success Stories" is a compilation of these shining cases. Filled with prose based on notes from success stories of patient recovery and breakthroughs, "Their Finest Hour" is an optimistic and refreshing view of the mental health profession in general. A top pick for community library psychology and biography collections.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money 27 Jun 2009
By wrentzu - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never written a negative review but I can't help myself in this case. The author writes at length about how talented he is. The other therapists and their stories are all overshadowed by this rampant egomania.

For some great case studies as well as beautiful writing, read Irvin Yalom; they are much better books and he writes more about the patients than himself.
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