Buy The Gift Of Therapy: An open letter to a new generation of therapists and their patients: Reflections on Being a Therapist New Ed by Irvin Yalom (ISBN. From his thirty-five years as a practicing psychiatrist and as an award-winning author, Irvin D. Yalom imparts his unique wisdom in The Gift of Therapy. using the Instructor’s Manual for the DVD The Gift of Therapy: A. Conversation with Irvin Yalom, MD may reproduce parts of this manual in paper form for.

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Maybe I’ll pick this up down the road and find more value in it but for now I feel like I need something more concrete. It would be far too one-dimensional to merely assert this is a must read book. How do I love this book! These ideas are so personal, opinionated, and occasionally original that the reader is unlikely to encounter them elsewhere.

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

Of course, not all chapters apply and not all psychologists find his approach sensible, this book still has abundant treasures tjerapy offer! His advice to focus on the present and to engage with clients in a way that transcends typical boundaries shows his expertise and insight to the field of therapy, and his use of case studies keeps The Gift of Therapy an inviting and intriguing read.

Overall this book is a highly readable collection of personal insights and opinions from someone with a lifetime of experience in psychotherapy. This can be internalized into a tendency for a therapist to critique her own work with either “ripples self-doubt or grandiosity”.


When I started this book I was working on my master’s and absolute loved the book and all the helpful advice that is given by Yalom.

Dissecting their lives like they’re frogs in science lab. Review Text “[Yalom’s] wise ideas are perfectly accessible.

Yalom demonstrates useful and genuine use of self which was a refreshing departure. There are a lot of points in this book that really resonate with what I have felt has helped me as a patient to have a great experience in therapy. You can easily giff up ggift few pages here and there and you will be amazed by how many reflections this book would evoke.

Sex at Dawn Christopher Ryan. Yalom embeds the awareness that patients are sometimes troubled by a confrontation with the harsh reality of the human condition.

The first 40 mini-essays address the therapeutic relationship, stressing how Yalom works by keeping the content in the moment rather than analyzing past conflicts. Jean-baptiste It’s a suite of ideas about how tift be a good therapist, written by a famous one, in a sometimes serious sometimes amusing way.

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But more deeply troubling is the description of the “intimate” nature irgin his relationships with patients. He clearly brought home the message “Therapy should not be theory driven but relationship driven. I had therpay still sort of have an urgency to get more, know more and “cram” in anything to quiet the panic of “doing the damn thing” with so much left that I didn’t know.


The short “ch This is my all time favorite of Irvin Yalom’s books. The Best Books of He may not be orthodox by today’s standards but his clients went on to lead happier lives.

As a therapist, my job is to sell, teach, and help my clients master a variety of cognitive and behavioural tools. Be where the client is. If therapists can’t connect with clients how the hell is therapy supposed to work? Creativity Dr Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

The Gift of Therapy: The last point is so true that I do not feel the need to defend it. This remarkable guidebook for succ 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. So many relevant insights! Loved the inclusion of the Harry Stack Sullivan quote describing therapy as “a discussion of two people, one of them more anxious than the other.

Here is an example: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. His gentle writing style and caring tone was a welcomed break from more intense therapy literature. Oct 25, Heather rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: He addressed many practical issues that all therapist have encountered and struggled with—therapeutic relationship, boundary, tye, transparence, dream, death, and more.