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The making of a therapist : a practical guide for the inner journey, Louis Cozolino

The making of a therapist : a practical guide for the inner journey
The making of a therapist
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a practical guide for the inner journey
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Louis Cozolino
The difficulty and cost of training psychotherapists properly is well known. It is far easier to provide a series of classes while ignoring the more challenging personal components of training. Despite the fact that the therapist's self-insight, emotional maturity, and calm centeredness are critical for successful psychotherapy, rote knowledge and technical skills are the focus of most training programs. As a result, the therapist's personal growth is either marginalized or ignored. The Making of a Therapist counters this trend by offering graduate students and beginning therapists a personal account of this important inner journey. Cozolino provides a unique look inside the mind and heart of an experienced therapist. Readers will find an exciting and privileged window into the experience of the therapist who, like themselves, is just starting out. In addition, The Making of a Therapist contains the practical advice, common-sense wisdom, and self-disclosure that practicing professionals have found to be the most helpful during their own training.The first part of the book, 'Getting Through Your First Sessions,' takes readers through the often-perilous days and weeks of conducting initial sessions with real clients. Cozolino addresses such basic concerns as: Do I need to be completely healthy myself before I can help others? What do I do if someone comes to me with an issue or problem I can't handle? What should I do if I have trouble listening to my clients? What if a client scares me?The second section of the book, 'Getting to Know Your Clients,' delves into the routine of therapy and the subsequent stages in which you continue to work with clients and help them. In this context, Cozolino presents the notion of the 'good enough' therapist, one who can surrender to his or her own imperfections while still guiding the therapeutic relationship to a positive outcome. The final section, 'Getting to Know Yourself,' goes to the core of the therapist's relation to him- or herself, addressing such issues as: How to turn your weaknesses into strengths, and how to deal with the complicated issues of pathological caretaking, countertransference, and self-care.Both an excellent introduction to the field as well as a valuable refresher for the experienced clinician, The Making of a Therapist offers readers the tools and insight that make the journey of becoming a therapist a rich and rewarding experience
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no index present
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.C696 2004
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non fiction
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The making of a therapist : a practical guide for the inner journey, Louis Cozolino
"A Norton professional book" -- page facing title page
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-213)
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Introduction -- Imagination and reality -- Discovering and taming the unconscious -- The goals of this book -- Part one. Getting through your first sessions -- 1. What have I gotten myself into? -- "I don't know" -- Giving yourself permission to not know -- Desperately seeking systems -- Dreams of the Messiah -- 2. Getting centered and learning to listen -- Take time to get centered -- The power of listening -- Eye contact -- Communication styles in psychotherapy -- 3. Now what do I do? -- Psychotherapy in a nutshell -- What to say, what to do -- Case conceptualizations -- Treatment plans -- Case notes -- The catch-22 -- 4. Survival strategies -- Don't panic in the face of the pathology -- Expect the unexpected -- Crisis as communication -- Don't try to reason with an irrational person -- Don't forget a client's strengths -- 5. Beware of assumptions -- Cultural and religious assumptions -- No one is an expert on culture -- Prejudice is everywhere -- The shame of the accused -- Part two. Getting to know your clients -- 6. Challenges and strategies -- The value of confusion -- The good-enough therapist -- Making good mistakes -- The projective hypothesis -- Silence as a background for communication -- 7. The therapist's feelings : anticipated and unanticipated -- Impatience -- "Hey, that was my insight!" -- Sexual attraction -- The power of regression -- Doctor heal thyself -- 8. It's scary to go to therapy : the paradox of client resistance -- The basic paradox -- Meeting resistance with acceptance -- Dealing with cancellations -- Premature termination -- Wanting to fire a client -- Discussing and collecting fees -- Making interpretations -- 9. In the eye of the storm : the therapist's challenge -- Shuttling between yourself and your client -- Shuttling between mind and body -- Learning from distraction, boredom, and fatigue -- On being tied to the mast -- The seduction of words -- Talking less and saying more -- Paying attention to dreams -- 10. Turning weaknesses into strengths -- Taking sides and neutrality -- Reality drift -- Knowing your stimulus value -- Confidentiality -- Part three. Getting to know yourself -- 11. Uncovering countertransference -- Manifestations and underlying issues -- An exercise in uncovering countertransference -- "Things were just perfect" -- 12. The making of a caretaker -- The vulnerable healer -- The therapist's childhood in the consulting room -- Pathological caretaking -- The gifted child -- Shame-based experience and behavior -- Becoming a therapist -- 13. Building a satisfying and sane career : cautions and encouragement -- Principle one : know your limits and select your clients -- Principle two : engage in consistent self-care -- Principle three : keep perspective -- Principle four : watch out for trauma contagion -- Principle five : know your laws and ethics -- What they don't teach you in school -- What therapeutic orientation should you choose? -- Where should you work? -- 14. Walkin' the walk -- Mindfulness -- Reunion
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22 cm
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xxi, 213 pages
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  • (OCoLC)54501015
  • md34397681

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