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ISBN-13: 978-0393704242
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This is clearly a book written by an expert therapist… [F]ull of practical advice, common-sense wisdom and self-disclosure… His advice to and support for beginning therapists is not only compassionate but also inspiring… [E]xtremely readable and the cases so interesting that it could be read also by non-specialists, by anybody who is interested in human nature and human relationships. Highly recommended for psychologists as well as for educators. (E-Streams)

The clear writing style makes it easy to read and sensitively approaches a variety of subject areas. . . . A must buy for those in training and also for lecturers. (Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy)

About the Author

Louis Cozolino, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and a private practitioner. He is the author of The Healthy Aging Brain, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, and The Making of a Therapist. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: Norton Professional Books
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (July 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393704246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393704242
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. Smith on September 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'd bet he is.

First of all, this is an excellently written book. It must have been daunting to try to pull off turning the information he provided into such a imminently readable book. But the author hit it out of the park with his writing abilities, knowledge and expertise. I'll be referring to this book for years.

Cozolino leaves very few stones unturned for the beginning psychotherapist.

So, if you're looking for a primer on psychotherapy, I literally can't imagine a better book to begin with.

Fantastic job Dr. Cozolino.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kim F. on July 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are a therapist or want to be a therapist this book puts all your fears, concerns and worries into perspective. It actually gave me the strength to feel good about my choice and believe in myself. It empowered me and took away my fears. It helped me realize that being wrong is expected and how to communicate and find patterns to help clients change. This book is easy to read, makes clear common sense and is a page turner right to the end.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emanuel Perdis on August 22, 2006
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A compulsive page turner and desk side companion for the caretaking profession. You will feel normal, assured and courageous after reading it. should be compulsory reading in all psychotherapy based curriculums!!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Krystal Schultz on September 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This was actually one of the books required for my Graduate School studies. As a beginner, I have found it to be VERY helpful in explaining several of the processes of therapy. I would recommend this book for anyone who would like to find out more about the behind the scenes makings of therapy and how to develop great rapport with clients.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Val Markovska on July 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a newcomer to the practice of therapy I found this book inspirational. Louis has a way of being human, honest, funny and presenting most of the ups and downs that encompass the experience of the training psychologist. Some great tips for maintaining the space between you and your client as well....enjoy as the real work begins.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Ondov on January 3, 2007
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This was the best "beginner" book I've read so far. It talks about what you actually feel like and go through when starting out (for the experienced therapist as well). The author gives examples of his own initial misconceptions and mistakes which are common. I especially liked the overall theme which is about the "internal" world being as important as "professional" knowledge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Roye on February 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is extremely well written and a great starting guide for beginning therapists. It takes a little bit of stress off the entire process and you realize it is okay to make mistakes.

Great advice!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mindcontrol on September 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Just as the title says. If your new to the field or are just starting to see clients then this book is great. However, for the more experinced clincians this book is a little to simplistic. Cozolino does a good job of talking about his own inadequacies as a young therapist. There are also some good examples of countertransferance which he has experinced as well as how he has helped other new therapists through difficult situations with difficult clients.
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