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The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New…

The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and…

by Irvin Yalom

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Tai knyga apie paciento ir terapeuto kelionę, kupina išmintingų ir praktiškų įžvalgų apie tai, kuo naudinga psichoterapija, kaip ji gali pakeisti gyvenimo būdą ir praturtinti psichoterapeuto ir paciento santykius.
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I.Yalomas daugelį metų buvo vieno prestižiškiausių JAV Stanfordo universiteto psichiatrijos profesorius, praktikuojantis individualiąją ir grupinę psichoterapiją. Jis ne tik psichoterapijos profesionalas, bet ir talentingas rašytojas. Jo knygos populiarios visame pasaulyje.
  Amston | Jun 11, 2013 |
My first Yalom book, and it's clear that he writes with great insight from many years of experience. The advice in here - a series of letters and notes to Clients and therapists alike - are rooted in a profound understanding of the relationship between two people in a room, one of whom is seeking 'answers', the other seeking to help. Practical and engaging. ( )
  Parthurbook | Jul 24, 2010 |
Interesting in places and humourous in places, Yalom manages to impart his wisdom with an easy writing style. ( )
  kale.dyer | Mar 7, 2010 |
This is the latest book by Irvin Yalom, whose books I've been following over the years. From the very first page of the introduction, Yalom's writing is gripping & right to the point. He mentions turning 70 years old, which has made him feel a need to "pass on" his knowledge & some of his experience to younger generations of therapists & patients. This is what he tries to do in this substantial book, a book of tips, long on technique & short on theory (as Yalom himself says).

Each "tip" that Yalom gives comes from years of experience & in most cases, makes perfect sense. Something that should be noted is that his book is not written, I think, for the non-psychologically trained reader. It's aimed towards psychotherapists, & tries to steer them in the direction of good choices & good therapeutic work with clients / patients. Most tips may seem like common sense to most psychologists / psychotherapists, but if you think a little bit more about them, most of them are not used as often as they should be. Also, apart from the more obvious tips, Yalom offers a whole range of extremely innovative (& maybe some times controversial) pieces of advice. These chapters alone are, in my opinion, well worth the price of the book, since they make you sit down & think.

All in all, a great reference book for psychotherapists which comes alive through wonderful, clear writing, & lots of lively clinical examples. ( )
  marialondon | Jun 30, 2009 |
  Nicktee1949 | Mar 28, 2007 |
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It is dark. I come to your office but can't find you. Your office is empty. I enter and look around. The only thing there is your Panama hat. And it is all filled with cobwebs.
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My patients' dreams have changed.
The therapist's worldview is in itself isolating. Seasoned therapists view relationships differently, they sometimes lose patience with social ritual and bureaucracy, they cannot abide the fleeting shallow encounters and small talk of many social gatherings.
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Speaking directly to the current generation of counselors, The Gift of Therapy lays out simple suggestions that blend personal experience with professional objectivity. This is a book that will remind you why you entered the field in the first place. With tips on avoiding diagnosis (except for insurance purposes), when to disclose personal information, and why it's important to leave time between patient appointments, the recommendations are aimed at therapists, but they may be useful to patients who want to know what to expect from their counselors. Some references to the DSM-IV may be a little over the layperson’s head, but in general the writing is clear and understandable for lay readers as well as professionals.

Each chapter is just a few pages long, a nice format for busy folks whose reading time occurs in snippets. A single topic is addressed in each chapter, and author Irvin Yalom doesn't waste any time in getting to the point. Many of the sections revolve around balancing the "magic, mystery, and authority" that come with the job of freeing your clients of their reliance on you.

From when to offer an occasional hug to finding the perfect time for deeper questioning, Yalom's experienced observations will help you achieve even greater professional effectiveness while avoiding some of the more obvious traps in this HMO-directed age of mental health care. --Jill Lightner

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