Become a fly on the wall of a psychologist's and her patients' inner sanctum and end up learning about yourself! Did you ever wonder what goes on in a psychologist's office? How does she keep secrets? Is she ever bored, unsure, afraid, angry, or impatient? Does she confuse one person's story with another or get too emotionally involved? What does she actually do to facilitate change besides saying, What do you mean by that?
Conversations with Perfect Strangers: Memoirs of a Psychologist is a fictionalized journey through one psychologist's practice and into the hearts and minds of the "perfect" strangers who, by sharing their secrets, enrich and inform her life. This audiobook is for those who wonder what their therapists are really thinking, for healthcare professionals, and for anyone interested in the troubled side of human nature or who desire a unique opportunity for personal growth. Due to confidentiality considerations, Phyliss Shanken intertwined her skills as psychologist and fiction writer: The patients are imaginary characters, but her own reactions are true to her personal and professional experience.
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An invitation into the office of a psychologist...
I wasn't sure how to rate the performance, because it isn't a flawless, highly professional reading. But it really works! Ms. Shanken sets out to do exactly as she says...to create an atmosphere as if she and the reader are sitting together in a room, with Ms. Shanken sharing her experiences and thought/feeling process in approaching her work and the people with whom she works. Once she laid out the "characters," it was fun to see them woven back into her memoir, providing perhaps, even greater insight into the inner workings of Ms. Shanken than her patients. I really felt like I knew her by the end, and appreciated her sincerity, integrity and love that seem to be the foundation of her work. Thanks for the opportunity to get a glimpse into the mysteries of talk therapy, and the chance to feel like I had a private audience with the author!
Behind the closed door of a therapist's office.
I thoroughly enjoyed Conversations with Perfect Strangers. It was an engaging novel that drew the listener into the internal process of the psychologist telling the story.
If you have ever wondered what goes on inside a therapy room, Conversations with Perfect Strangers is the book for you. Phyliss Shanken provides her reader with a poignant adventure into the richness of the therapeutic relationship. In a comfortable conversational style, the author draws you into the intricate stories of her fictional patients. What makes this book so unique is the willingness of the author to share her own internal process as she provides treatment for her clients. Her honesty, integrity, insight, and feelings are palpable and engaging. A marvelous read for anyone interested in the internal workings of relationships. I highly recommend this novel to any therapist, experienced or novice, as training or a supervision tool."
- donna monk