96 of 105 people found the following review helpful
A compulsory read yet enjoyable at the same time.,
This review is from: Between Therapist and Client: The New Relationship (Paperback)
I am reading and greatly enjoying this book - "Between Therapist & Client" by Michael Kahn, Revised Edition, 5th 2001. A must read for everyone, therapist and trainees alike. Its contemporary style is worth a read even from the most experienced of therapists & trainers so they are aware of changes. It's about the realness of this relationship, crisp, honestly (congruently) and in the simplest frame of reference for easy understanding. It's like baring the new age therapy relation between the client & therapist, the interpersonal skills involved in genuine terms.
06/08/01. It's simplicity has enabled me identify and gather much insight, demonstrating excellent use of language in the therapeutic process for effectiveness. Its illustration of interpersonal skills is something I would love to incorporate into my client contact work. This is just the next best book after C. Rogers "On Becoming a Person", so easily readable. I have even picked up from its use of language and appropriate reflection, how to give a good evaluation of my practice; what to look at; what to include and how to pay attention to feelings - of both self as therapist & clients - being aware of these, so an understanding could be as accurate as possible to enhance this therapeutic relationship. Pardon me, but I am just in love with this book. Its illustration of counter-transference & empathy is an experience, is an eye opener; the reality of its existence in all relationship, only difference being how soon it is detected to be advantageous to the therapy, by being gently vigilant - p.139 - 144. Its illustration of attentive listening & the advantages of it in the process are phenomenal.
I have learnt so much from this book believe me I cannot begin to do enough justice to it than just recommend it as compulsory reading yet enjoyable. I even stumbled across my recent concerns about clients asking questions - how to handle this. You can just imagine my excitement when it was all there P.148 - 150, with examples to demonstrate and make it easier to understand.
I felt I was bad at giving a review, but this sounds so much like a review of a whole book, I think it would pass as a brief review, don't you? I will refer to it when next I have a literature review, because reviews gave me such tough times last year. I certainly believe now that "what comes to you naturally is the best way to learn & retain vital information", the spontaneity of it makes it even more real; it flows well.