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
From the Back Cover
“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.