On Being a Therapist


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In their professional lives, therapists are frequently exposed to a vast range of human despair, conflict, and suffering that can take an emotional toll on their personal lives. Drawing on cast histories from Freud, Rogers, Perls, and extensive interviews with practitioners, Kottler provides a candid account of the profound ways in which therapists are influenced by their interactions with clients. Explains how practitioners can use their professional skills and insights gained from their clients' experiences to solve their ...

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Jul 31, 2010

This book helped me understand my therapist

This book is great if you have ever been in therapy and are wondering what is going on in the chair opposite of you. Dr. Kottler lets us see the true person behind the curtain when we usually want to see "The Wizard". It helps to humanize people sometimes put on too high of a pedestal, and realize they go through the same struggles as the client in the therapy hour. The illusions are gone, and we are now responsible for the changes made in our lives.


Jun 7, 2007

Kotler's Depression

I found Kotler's book to be rather unenlightening. He began the book on a positive note and I was anxious to get on to the next chapter. However, not long thereafter the atmosphere and language of Kotler's experience as a therapist took a downward tilt and continued spiraling in that negative direction. I was vastly disappointed in his inability to see the greater good in his work. By the end of chapter 6, I had had enough. Although I labored to finish the book, I rather had gotten a tetanus shot.


May 8, 2007

Therapists Take Heed to Kottler's Advice

Jeffrey Kottler explores the multifaceted nature of being a therapist. First, he highlights different roles sharing similar characteristics to therapists such as shamanic leaders, medicine men, and high priests. Then, he reveals the disarray of managed care by citing a case in which an inpatient treatment facility deemed a psychotic woman remarkably improved because instead of seven snakes in her stomach, she only reported three snakes. The managed care facility granted her release. Finally, the book addresses the roles psychologists must embrace. A way to be an authentic psychologist is to live the role in every aspect of his/her life. The book recommends several techniques to prevent "burn-out" and to maintain sanity in a high-stress environment.

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