Letters to a Young Therapist

  • by Mary Pipher
  • Narrated by Eliza Foss
  • 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mary Pipher's groundbreaking investigation of America's "girl-poisoning culture", Reviving Ophelia, has sold nearly two million copies and established its author as one of the nation's foremost authorities on family issues. In Letters to a Young Therapist, Dr. Pipher shares what she has learned in 30 years as a therapist, helping warring families, alienated adolescents, and harried professionals restore peace and beauty to their lives.
Letters to a Young Therapist gives voice to her practice with an exhilarating mix of storytelling and sharp-eyed observation. And while her letters are addressed to an imagined young therapist, every one of us can take something away from them. Long before "positive psychology" became a buzzword, Dr. Pipher practiced a refreshingly inventive therapy - fiercely optimistic, free of dogma or psychobabble, and laced with generous warmth and practical common sense. But not until now has this gifted healer described her unique perspective on how therapy can help us revitalize our emotional landscape in an increasingly stressful world.
Whether she's recommending daily swims for a sluggish teenager, encouraging a timid husband to become bolder, or simply bearing witness to a bereaved parent's sorrow, Dr. Pipher's compassion and insight shine in every minute of this thoughtful and engaging book.


What the Critics Say

"The well-known perils of the profession emerge freshly, but also its profound rewards." (Publishers Weekly)
"A wise and compassionate book." (Washington Post Book World)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Definitely worth the listen!!

What made the experience of listening to Letters to a Young Therapist the most enjoyable?

I really loved gaining insight on the things that books dont teach in therapy. There were a lot of examples and you can tell a therapist wrote it because there is a definite skill that this writer has with connecting with their audience. It was warm, entertaining, and through it all shares such valuable information. I found myself wanting to listen to more and more. I listen in the car and was almost wishing I could take notes. Great listen!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The writer: This book is the writer sharing insight with a particular favorite student of hers. I loved how much the writer believed in this student and her skill and potential. This writer offers a lot of valuable information is a fun way!

What does Eliza Foss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The reader has a warm and inviting tone. At times I felt that I was in fact the young therapist she was addressing her letters too and I believe a lot of that has to do with the reader's style and voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really liked the chapter on the use of analogies but all of it was very good! There was not a part I did not like.

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- Amazon Customer

Great book and a great listen!!!

Would you listen to Letters to a Young Therapist again? Why?

Yes. Great advice, warm prose etc...

What other book might you compare Letters to a Young Therapist to and why?

The Sacred Romance

What does Eliza Foss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is in line with the author with her warmth.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. Could go either way because it is so enjoyable yet has so much good stuff in it you want to read it slow.

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- Jay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-16-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios