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The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients Paperback – August 19, 2017
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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.
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I treat anxiety and depression and often see couples struggling with
the complexity of living together.
This book is illuminating. It is exciting and refreshing. He touches on the most
important points in developing the skill to help people change.
He is a gifted writer and has provided a wonderful gift for anyone interested
in learning about what goes on in therapy. Or what should go on between two people
working together to help heal.
I recommend it highly to seasoned therapists who what to be reminded of what is the
essence of what should occur.
This is remarkable writing and vital information
Larry Drell, MD
Medical Director, Anxiety and Depression Therapy Center
LMD@drdrell.com/what goes on in therapy
Irv Yalom is one of my therapy heros. While I've never met him, I find myself pulling from his advice in many different circumstances. Unlike many psychiatrists, Yalom does not pathologize. He seems to treat people like people and encourage future therapists to do so as well. As a therapist myself, when I am feeling lost, I often think "what would Yalom say about this?"
I think we are in a time where despite immense progress, going to therapy is still stigmatized (even in the field). I appreciate how Yalom speaks openly about the importance of his own therapy on his progression to becoming a better therapist. I think that this book is important for anyone to read but especially for those who want to understand why therapy is so important and how healing it can be.
The good news is, I really enjoyed this book (and the previous one I read) His book is well written, honest, and witty. It's an enjoyable--as well as informative--read for anyone interested in the intricacies of therapy. Many books on therapy are written in a text book style- full of information, but not personality. This book has both. It is also a very quick read; I finished it in a few days, while riding the subway.