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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Shires Press; First edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605710342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605710341
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,822,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Therapist's New Clothes is evocative, poetic and so captures Judy's inner workings when she was the mother of a very young child and was on her way to becoming a therapist. Judy is such a talented writer with the ability to get those thoughts and feelings onto the page that so easily escape you. This book is one of my favorite memoirs of all time. --Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, author of Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within.

An honest, highly intelligent, darkly ironic book about what it is like to sit in the therapist's chair. Judy's writing sings. --Alison Larkin, author of The English American

About the Author

Judith D. Schwartz is a writer with work published in venues as varies as The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Time.com, Glamour, and Redbook. She is the author of The Mother Puzzle: A New Generation Reckons with Motherhood and co-author of Tell Me No Lies: How to Face the Truth and Build a Loving Marriage and others. A graduate of Brown University and The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she lives in Southern Vermont with her husband, writer Tony Eprile, and their son Brendan.

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It's her story, and it's compelling.
friend of wally cleaver
The word therapist in the title pretty much kept me away from reading it, but after Mrs. Schwartz's approached me with her book, I decided to give it a try.
Shannon L. Yarbrough
Her story challenges us to take a look at own narratives and how they influence our perception of who we are in the world.
Carla Cantor

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In The Therapist's New Clothes, Judith D. Schwartz takes us on a journey of self-discovery. Haunted by her grandmother's suicide, the author has spent most of her adult years trying to resolve emotional problems with her for as long as she can remember. But despite years of self-analysis and psychotherapy, she is unable to hold onto happiness. Her quest to conquer her demons takes on an even greater urgency once she marries and has a child. Desperate for answers, Schwartz seeks out a string of clinicians with whom she forges close, symbiotic relationships as they struggle to piece together the puzzle of her childhood. At the same time, she decides to become a therapist herself.

Schwartz's pursuit of a tranquil psyche unfolds like a detective story, from New York to Chicago to Vermont and back and forth in time. The author moves deftly between early years and present-day life and provides an uncommon peek into the private worlds of therapy sessions and clinician training.

A "good patient" and a caring, astute beginning therapist, Schwartz understands the ins and outs of concepts like transference and projection. She clings to a personal narrative that includes guilt and parental blame for a case of childhood mumps that may that (or may not) have caused her brother's vision problems. Schwartz views emptiness and self-loathing, her constant companions, as "old" feelings dredged up in therapy, to be worked out in therapy - preventing her from realizing that the therapy itself has become addiction that is keeping her from discovering a better way.

We root for this intelligent, insightful woman to unlock the key to her misery and stop beating herself up, which she eventually does, sort of.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte A. Libov on August 20, 2009
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This is a beautifully written book about the author's search for a solution to her depression. After spending years in psychotherapy, she became so enamored of the process, that she became a therapist herself. Yet, while she was succeeding professionally, and seemingly "had it all," including a caring husband and healthy son, she was still despondent. Finally, she happened upon the answer, and shares it in this heartfelt book. As an author myself, and one with a graduate degree in mental health counseling, I strongly recommend this book to experienced therapists, those in training, and to all those interested in their emotional well-being.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By friend of wally cleaver on February 24, 2011
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This book is the author's story about therapy. She was (and is) a talented and intelligent writer, but friends convinced her she'd make a good therapist.

So she switched careers. She tells her story in the first person. Along with her story of becoming a therapist, there's a parallel story: her own unresolved pain from her own past. So the two stories weave together. I found it hard to put down.

I highly recommend this well-written account. The author is brutally honest -- she shows how some therapists significantly set her back, while others helped -- but she's not on a "mission." Like any good writer, she lets the reader draw his or her own conclusions.

It's her story, and it's compelling.
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