- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (27 Feb. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749923733
- ISBN-13: 978-0749923730
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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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 – 27 Feb 2003
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'Yalom writes with the narrative wit of O. Henry and the earthy humour of Isaac Bashevis Singer' San Francisco Chronicle
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.See all Product description
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Not being a therapist myself, I am not able to comment from that particular perspective, but it seems to me that what Yalom is writing about is the kind of pastoral care that, in the past, many people may have sought from their priests, ministers or rabbis. It is interesting that Yalom dislikes the term 'client' (which suggests a business relationship), preferring instead to use the term 'patient' (which seems rather more clinical) - but 'parishioner' might almost be a more fitting expression (though, presumably, there cannot be too great a 'flock' of 'parishioners' at any one time!). I make this comment because Yalom appears, essentially, to be urging therapists to act as secular clergy, supporting and empathising with individuals and, on occasions, giving them direction.
Given his relational/pastoral emphasis, it is unsurprising that he is dismissive of particular fixed approaches to therapy. He is certainly critical of the Person-Centred Approach pioneered by Carl Rogers, but he reserves some of his most scathing remarks for formulaic 'evidence-based therapies' such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
The Gift of Therapy is actually an enjoyable as well as informative read, precisely because it stresses relationship with the human subject rather than adherence to a method.
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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I haven't actually read this book myself. It was brought for me partner who is training to be a councilor. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Every new or student therapist should read this. As a writer Yalom covers such depth, such grandiose topics but in such a readable and tender way. Read morePublished 6 months ago by mr-internet
A classic...the main focus on the therapy, personaly i thought was too long...Published 8 months ago by john stapleton
Excellent book. Great read. Warm and inviting. Unusual for a counselling book.Published 11 months ago by gillian hall
A truly intelligent, personal and important book for those of us looking to the future of therapy. Highly readable, this book manages to compress each point into a few pages,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nick
Very interesting book whether you are looking for examples in existentialism or just looking to change your out look on life and the way you react to other people.Published 11 months ago by Wise Owl
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