Gift of Therapy An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients

ISBN-10: 0066214408

ISBN-13: 9780066214405

Edition: 2002

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Description: Anyone interested in psychotherapy or personal growth will rejoice at the publication of The Gift of Therapy, a masterwork from one of today's most accomplished psychological thinkers. From his thirty-five years as a practicing psychiatrist and as an award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction, Irvin D. Yalom imparts his unique wisdom in The Gift of Therapy. This remarkable guidebook for successful therapy is, as Yalom remarks, "an idiosyncratic mlange of ideas and techniques that I have found useful in my work. These ideas are so personal, opinionated, and occasionally original that the reader is unlikely to encounter them elsewhere. I selected the eighty-five categories in this volume randomly guided by my passion for the task rather than any particular order or system." At once startlingly profound and irresistibly practical, Yalom's insights will help enrich the therapeutic process for a new generation of patients and counselors.

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Book details

List price: $23.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/24/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Dr Irvin Yalom is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University. He has won two major awards from the American Psychiatric Association. He continues to run his clinical practice and lectures widely.

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Remove the Obstacles to Growth
Avoid Diagnosis (Except for Insurance Companies)
Therapist and Patient as "Fellow Travelers"
Engage the Patient
Be Supportive
Empathy: Looking Out the Patient's Window
Teach Empathy
Let the Patient Matter to You
Acknowledge Your Errors
Create a New Therapy for Each Patient
The Therapeutic Act, Not the Therapeutic Word
Engage in Personal Therapy
The Therapist Has Many Patients; The Patient, One Therapist
The Here-and-Now--Use It, Use It, Use It
Why Use the Here-and-Now?
Using the Here-and-Now--Grow Rabbit Ears
Search for Here-and-Now Equivalents
Working Through Issues in the Here-and-Now
The Here-and-Now Energizes Therapy
Use Your Own Feelings as Data
Frame Here-and-Now Comments Carefully
All Is Grist for the Here-and-Now Mill
Check into the Here-and-Now Each Hour
What Lies Have You Told Me?
Blank Screen? Forget It! Be Real
Three Kinds of Therapist Self-Disclosure
The Mechanism of Therapy--Be Transparent
Revealing Here-and-Now Feelings--Use Discretion
Revealing the Therapist's Personal Life--Use Caution
Revealing Your Personal Life--Caveats
Therapist Transparency and Universality
Patients Will Resist Your Disclosure
Avoid the Crooked Cure
On Taking Patients Further Than You Have Gone
On Being Helped by Your Patient
Encourage Patient Self-Disclosure
Feedback in Psychotherapy
Provide Feedback Effectively and Gently
Increase Receptiveness to Feedback by Using "Parts"
Feedback: Strike When the Iron Is Cold
Talk About Death
Death and Life Enhancement
How to Talk About Death
Talk About Life Meaning
Freedom
Helping Patients Assume Responsibility
Never (Almost Never) Make Decisions for the Patient
Decisions: A Via Regia into Existential Bedrock
Focus on Resistance to Decision
Facilitating Awareness by Advice Giving
Facilitating Decisions--Other Devices
Conduct Therapy as a Continuous Session
Take Notes of Each Session
Encourage Self-Monitoring
When Your Patient Weeps
Give Yourself Time Between Patients
Express Your Dilemmas Openly
Do Home Visits
Don't Take Explanation Too Seriously
Therapy-Accelerating Devices
Therapy as a Dress Rehearsal for Life
Use the Initial Complaint as Leverage
Don't Be Afraid of Touching Your Patient
Never Be Sexual with Patients
Look for Anniversary and Life-Stage Issues
Never Ignore "Therapy Anxiety"
Doctor, Take Away My Anxiety
On Being Love's Executioner
Taking a History
A History of the Patient's Daily Schedule
How Is the Patient's Life Peopled?
Interview the Significant Other
Explore Previous Therapy
Sharing the Shade of the Shadow
Freud Was Not Always Wrong
CBT Is Not What It's Cracked Up to Be ... Or, Don't Be Afraid of the EVT Boogeyman
Dreams--Use Them, Use Them, Use Them
Full Interpretation of a Dream? Forget It!
Use Dreams Pragmatically: Pillage and Loot
Master Some Dream Navigational Skills
Learn About the Patient's Life from Dreams
Pay Attention to the First Dream
Attend Carefully to Dreams About the Therapist
Beware the Occupational Hazards
Cherish the Occupational Privileges
Notes
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