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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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5 out of 5 stars
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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4 out of 5 stars
By branmufn3 on 12-20-15

Great Read!

The therapist's reflection on his session, as well as client input made this book an amazing offering on ways to improve the therapeutic experience for both clients and clinicians. I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook and took away items to apply in practice.

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