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. 34 quotes from The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients: ‘Though the physicality of death destroys us, th. 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.

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These ideas are so personal, opinionated, and occasionally original that the reader is unlikely to encounter them elsewhere. I’m usually a library reader, but I’m glad I bought this one, because I’ll be reading it again an God, I love this book.

This book took me a while theraph read because it’s 85 different snippets of advice. Refresh and try again. This will be a classic if it isn’t already. Sep 19, Paulette rated it it was amazing. Whenever I am involved in a conversation about proper eating, not smoking, cancer, diabetes, and so on, and so forth, et ceteramy response is always the same: Yalom, The Gift of Therapy: I wonder if it might tjerapy done better had it been written in an actual letter format.

Of course I will be deeply human with my clients, how else could I be?

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If therapists can’t connect with clients how the hell is therapy supposed to work? Overall I do think it was a bift read, but more so from an academic, theoretical, feel good approach.

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Feb 03, dobutamine rated it it was ok. A professor recommended How Can I Help?

I would read a chapter or two a day and then sit it down. Easy reading, entertaining and useful at the same time, mostly if you are following a therapy or if you are a psychologist yourself, I guess.

Irvinn all 7 comments. While Yalom’s intended audience is the young therayp, physicians of any specialty will find both the existential theme and his reflections on the healing relationship quite relevant to their own practices. By labeling us as a CBT therapist or psychoanalyst, it gives us a sense of security and some control over therapy process. It took me a while to finish it and now I’m working in the field and I’m a little more cynical of the book.

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

Looking for beautiful books? If Yalom’s goal here was to make new therapists feel better about not being perfect, I think he more or less got it.

When Nietzsche Wept Irvin D. The Gift of Therapy is not an exposition of theory or philosophy—it is meant as a high-yield, practical guide to building healing relationships with patients. Review quote “An absorbing guide”–Boston Globe show more.

I’m not a therapist but this book was full of so much wisdom about communicating with others or a lot the material is applicable to both my personal life and in my work as a teacher. I also find it difficult to balance two urges from inside of me: I felt that a strict boundary needs to be maintained and I should not let my client access my internal processing.

The Gift of Therapy Quotes by Irvin D. Yalom

Process the here and now. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Refresh and try again. On that note, his clients are characters but they are also normal enough to normalize what receiving therapy may be likeso if you are considering it for yourself this is a good way to test the waters of your pre-contemplation. What he has given the practitioner is an assortment of topics that are sure to help invigorate a new gene It would be far too one-dimensional to merely assert this is a must read book.


And in a discussion of therapist going to their own therapy, Yalom admits to several stints in therapy of his own, including a “nude marathon encounter group” in the sixties.

Sort of like a bathtub, draining slowly, slowly, slowly. That’s hard for me to relate to when my clients are scared they’ll never see their parents again. I enjoyed this book when I started.

This book was a good read during that time. I would recommend the book to therapists early in their work or “seasoned” professionals. How wonderful, threapy we can still behave like humans in irivn field where that is what is so often needed.

A big block as a clinician was my fear and hesitance to process the here and now, i. I was primarily acquainted with Irvin Yalom: It consists of 5 sections with short chapters, some only one page. Like focusing on your relationship with the client will ultimately highlight why they are having difficulties in their outside relationships.

Our work becomes our life.