On Being a Therapist

  • by Jeffrey A. Kottler
  • Narrated by Rob Shapiro
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An updated revision of Jeffrey Kottler's classic book On Being a Therapist reveals the new realities and inner experiences of therapeutic practice today.

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Excellent Read for Those in the Helping Profession

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely if they work in the helping profession.


What was one of the most memorable moments of On Being a Therapist?

The book is full of hernest and difficult discussions about being a therapist.


Which scene was your favorite?

I can't say I had a favorite section. Personally I think I benefited from the discussions on what good therapists have done wrong as well the section on identifying projection and burn out. The author completely humanizes the field of therapy while also paying homage to what we do on a daily basis. I loved everything about this book.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I would say this book made me smile with eyes slightly wider open. It made me feel more comfortable with myself in my profession. I am better able to gauge what I do well and what I can work on professionally, after listening to this book. I will probably listen a second time to it in a few months to see if I pick up anything else important. If you are a therapist, social worker, social service professional then this book can probably help you better understand yourself and the field you work in. I also think this book would be helpful to students considering this field of work.


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- Amanda "A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors."

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Therapists learn from their patients. Surprise.
If you are looking for a behind-the-curtain look into therapy, keep looking. The narration goes on an on about what you will do as a therapist. Schools of thought are mentioned but not discussed. I wanted to hear true life stories of success and failure in the field.
I should be higher minded, but I also wanted to hear crazy stuff people reveal in therapy.
But it wasn't there.
It is mostly a guy going on and on about what a therapist is, not an in-depth look at what therapists do. I made it half way through.
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- G-Man

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-30-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio