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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for Therapists and Counsellors, 14 Jun 2008
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Mr. Ross Maynard (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Their Finest Hour: Master Therapists Share Their Greatest Success Stories (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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4.0 out of 5 stars Their Finest Hour: Master Therapists Share Their Greatest Success Stories, 10 Jun 2008
This review is from: Their Finest Hour: Master Therapists Share Their Greatest Success Stories (Paperback)
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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