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Publisher's Summary

The culmination of master psychiatrist Dr. Irvin D. Yalom's more than 35 years in clinical practice, The Gift of Therapy is a remarkable and essential guidebook that illustrates through real case studies how patients and therapists alike can get the most out of therapy. The best-selling author of Love's Executioner shares his uniquely fresh approach and the valuable insights he has gained - presented as 85 personal and provocative "tips for beginner therapists", including:


Let the patient matter to you
Acknowledge your errors
Create a new therapy for each patient
Do home visits
(Almost) never make decisions for the patient
Freud was not always wrong
A book aimed at enriching the therapeutic process for a new generation of patients and counselors, Yalom's Gift of Therapy is an entertaining, informative, and insightful read for anyone with an interest in the subject.
©2002 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Jared on 06-08-13

Wealth of knowledge, great narrator!!!

What made the experience of listening to The Gift of Therapy the most enjoyable?

Years of experience in therapy combined with a great narrator equals a fantastic listen.

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As a new therapist this book is invaluable in learning how to build a solid therapeutic alliance. Thank You.

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By Garden Goddess on 10-15-16

Truly a gift from a master therapist

I completed my MSW/CSW four years ago but just now starting as a clinician, I found this book incredibly helpful due to the author's explanation of the prime factors relevant to productive therapy and his narrative of client cases. He makes a sound case for inserting the therapist's warmth and judicious self disclosure into the therapy. This book gave me so much more than my university practicum supervisors.

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