The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients (Paperback)
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Acclaimed author and renowned psychiatrist Irvin D. Yalom distills thirty-five years of psychotherapy wisdom into one brilliant volume.
The culmination of master psychiatrist Dr. Irvin D. Yalom’s more than thirty-five years in clinical practice, The Gift of Therapy is a remarkable and essential guidebook that illustrates through real case studies how patients and therapists alike can get the most out of therapy. The bestselling author of Love’s Executioner shares his uniquely fresh approach and the valuable insights he has gained—presented as eighty-five personal and provocative “tips for beginner therapists,” including:
•Let the patient matter to you
•Acknowledge your errors
•Create a new therapy for each patient
•Do home visits
•(Almost) never make decisions for the patient
•Freud was not always wrong
A book aimed at enriching the therapeutic process for a new generation of patients and counselors, Yalom’s Gift of Therapy is an entertaining, informative, and insightful read for anyone with an interest in the subject.
Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is the author of Love's Executioner, Momma and the Meaning of Life, Lying on the Couch, The Schopenhauer Cure, When Nietzsche Wept, as well as several classic textbooks on psychotherapy, including The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, considered the foremost work on group therapy. The Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University, he divides his practice between Palo Alto, where he lives, and San Francisco, California.
“Yalom writes with the narrative wit of O. Henry and the earthy humor of Isaac Bashevis Singer.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“[Yalom’s] wise ideas are perfectly accessible.” — Publishers Weekly
“Certainly helpful to therapists and patients, may also help any thoughtful person seeking to improve relationships with others and self-understanding.” — Booklist
“For both the professional and the lay reader....In 85 short chapters, [Yalom] presents little pearls of ideas shaped from 35 years in practice....Yalom’s latest is essential.” — Library Journal
“I admired especially the humanity and humility which shine through this book....I would recommend this book to anyone but especially to those open to learning with the heart as well as the head.” — E. Thomas Dowd, The Counseling Psychology Quarterly
“An absorbing guide” — Boston Globe
“Very much forward looking—a call to arms for the couch. . . . I’m struck by the man’s unerring sense of humanity. . . . [Yalom is] a wizard, for whom no curtain is left drawn.” — Metro Times (Detroit)