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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479302694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479302697
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Permut’s guide outlines how psychotherapy functions and heals. With clarity and professionalism, Permut, a clinical psychologist who’s practiced psychotherapy for over 30 years, reveals a full picture of his field by describing his experiences as both therapist and patient. The author stresses the importance of active listening in successful psychotherapy. The emotionally engaged therapist closely observes and feels the patient’s story in order to “understand a patient’s personality dynamics and motivations” and to delicately guide the person in “the difficult task of challenging old assumptions and confronting deep seated fears.” Permut notes that “treatment is not teaching or explaining; it is more like exploration and reconstruction.” The author expertly addresses the differences between psychotherapists and psychiatrists and stresses that in psychotherapy, the focus isn’t on diagnosis and medication but on “knowing who is this person, and what is the meaning of her or his suffering.” Developing a trusting, professional relationship is paramount to facilitating the dialogue. Effective therapists require more than professional knowledge and clinical training; they also need “substantial therapy themselves” to build the extensive self-knowledge necessary for competently understanding and counseling others. The many clinical examples show the successes and failures of talk therapy. Presenting therapy in these terms might ease readers’ fears about revealing their own hidden thoughts and anxieties. Though Permut avers this book is “no substitute for the psychotherapy experience,” the reader might gain personal insight and understanding in addition to knowledge about the practice and importance of psychotherapy. Skillfully maps the process of psychotherapy.

About the Author

Dr Drew E Permut received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University in 1979. He subsequently served as clinical supervisor of the alcoholism treatment program for the city of Alexandria, Virginia, clinical consultant to the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital, and consulted to Different Drum School in Alexandria. For over thirty years, he has maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Washington,DC focusing on the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, addictions, and relationship problems. He is married to Dr. Deborah Shelkrot Permut, and has four children.

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Michael Stiers
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in beginning therapy or anyone curious about what therapy is like.
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The author provides excellent examples of this phenomenon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reginald T. Merriwether on March 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
A friend of mine (a psych student) has recommended therapy to me for a while now, saying that it's a benefit to anyone who wants to know themselves better and that I shouldn't wait until my problems became overwhelming. I was skeptical, but recently she gave me this book and I have to say I've found it extremely helpful.
In an extremely clear and accessible way, the author explains common misconceptions, benefits of psychotherapy, and what to expect when going in. He discusses a lot of examples from experiences with his patients that were really interesting and lent a lot to providing an overall picture of what therapy is like.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in beginning therapy or anyone curious about what therapy is like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stiers on January 12, 2014
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I recently read this book and it is terrific. I know of no published work that explains and discusses psychodynamic psychotherapy in as clear and thoughtful a manner as Dr. Permut. The book is extremely well written and the poignant case examples enrich its narrative. Dr. Permut’s discussion on the importance of self-examination by therapists is very on target and will be very helpful to the readers whether they are therapists themselves or patients. This book is very powerful because it really tells it as it is. The chapter on why long term therapy is frequently necessary is a very strong argument for psychodynamic psychotherapy. I have never seen this perspective expressed so well. Also, Dr. Permut is a wonderful writer. He does not resort to jargon or redundancy. He writes in a clear, concise, and very engaging manner. I wish everyone wrote as well as Dr. Permut does. I cannot say enough about this book. It is a wonderful gift to the world of therapy. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in how therapy can work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Osterle on October 9, 2013
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Inside Your Therapist's Mind is a wonderful book about what makes a therapist good, and about what a makes a good therapist. In essence, the ability to provide really good psychotherapy comes from years of training as well as a passion for the work, which combine to create fine attunement, compassion, and a genuine desire to understand the internal experience of the other person. It's clear that the author wants us to understand this, even using his own, personal revelations about his own therapy experience to illustrate how therapy feels from the inside.

The author shows, rather than just tells, the reader how this works. The first chapter, Understanding the Psychotherapy Process, for example, uses two very helpful human representations of the work to speak to seven general rules that guide successful (and lastingly successful) therapy.

The second chapter, which is perhaps my favorite, explains the very different nature and role that diagnosis plays in psychotherapy vis-à-vis medicine. The author makes an excellent case for why a patient's presenting symptoms should not be the only basis for mental health diagnosis. Instead, he provides three excellent examples to show how the consideration of personality organization in the context of family history makes for the best diagnostic formulation--and, therefore, the best treatment outcomes.

The Making of a Psychotherapist chapter points to the complex interaction of professional knowledge, careful training, self-awareness, and the special personal attributes and intuitive gifts that all competent psychotherapists must have. It also includes some poignant and pivotal moments of the author's experiences in his own psychotherapy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John S. on April 7, 2013
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I was writing a paper for school about what clinical practice is actually like and how to navigate some of the problems that can emerge, so I bought this book to shed some light on the process. The book is awesome - it's written in a really clear way that makes it easy to understand and includes a lot of discussion about potential pitfalls that can occur and how to prevent them in the future.

I would highly recommend.
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By Phillip on September 22, 2013
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I heard Dr. Permut on the Kojo Nnamdi show and decided to get the book. It's been really good so far - a clear and lucid explanation of the troubles psychologists face and recommendations on how to come back from them. It offers a lot of practical advice and is a great book for anyone studying clinical psychology.
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