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9780393704242

The Making of a Therapist: A Practical Guide for the Inner Journey

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    9780393704242

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    0393704246

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-07-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON
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Summary

The difficulty and cost of training psychotherapists properly is well known. It is far easier to provide a series of classes while ignoring the more challenging personal components of training. Despite the fact that the therapist's self-insight, emotional maturity, and calm centeredness are critical for successful psychotherapy, rote knowledge and technical skills are the focus of most training programs. As a result, the therapist's personal growth is either marginalized or ignored. The Making of a Therapist counters this trend by offering graduate students and beginning therapists a personal account of this important inner journey.Cozolino provides a unique look inside the mind and heart of an experienced therapist. Readers will find an exciting and privileged window into the experience of the therapist who, like themselves, is just starting out. In addition, The Making of a Therapist contains the practical advice, common-sense wisdom, and self-disclosure that practicing professionals have found to be the most helpful during their own training.The first part of the book, 'Getting Through Your First Sessions,' takes readers through the often-perilous days and weeks of conducting initial sessions with real clients. Cozolino addresses such basic concerns as: Do I need to be completely healthy myself before I can help others? What do I do if someone comes to me with an issue or problem I can't handle? What should I do if I have trouble listening to my clients? What if a client scares me?The second section of the book, 'Getting to Know Your Clients,' delves into the routine of therapy and the subsequent stages in which you continue to work with clients and help them. In this context, Cozolino presents the notion of the 'good enough' therapist, one who can surrender to his or her own imperfections while still guiding the therapeutic relationship to a positive outcome.The final section, 'Getting to Know Yourself,' goes to the core of the therapist's relation to him- or herself, addressing such issues as: How to turn your weaknesses into strengths, and how to deal with the complicated issues of pathological caretaking, countertransference, and self-care.Both an excellent introduction to the field as well as a valuable refresher for the experienced clinician, The Making of a Therapist offers readers the tools and insight that make the journey of becoming a therapist a rich and rewarding experience.

Author Biography

Louis Cozolino, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University and a clinical psychologist in private practice

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Imagination and Reality xiv
Discovering and Taming the Unconscious xvi
The Goals of this Book xx
Part One GETTING THROUGH YOUR FIRST SESSIONS
What Have I Gotten Myself Into?
5(11)
``I Don't Know''
7(2)
Giving Yourself Permission to Not Know
9(2)
Desperately Seeking Systems
11(2)
Dreams of the Messiah
13(3)
Getting Centered and Learning to Listen
16(13)
Take Time to Get Centered
18(1)
The Power of Listening
19(2)
Eye Contact
21(3)
Communication Styles in Psychotherapy
24(5)
Now What Do I Do?
29(12)
Psychotherapy in a Nutshell
31(1)
What to Say, What to Do
32(3)
Case Conceptualizations
35(2)
Treatment Plans
37(1)
Case Notes
38(2)
The Catch-22
40(1)
Survival Strategies
41(14)
Don't Panic in the Face of the Pathology
42(3)
Expect the Unexpected
45(3)
Crisis as Communication
48(2)
Don't Try to Reason with an Irrational Person
50(3)
Don't Forget a Client's Strengths
53(2)
Beware of Assumptions
55(14)
Cultural and Religious Assumptions
58(4)
No One Is an Expert on Culture
62(1)
Prejudice Is Everywhere
63(2)
The Shame of the Accused
65(4)
Part Two GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CLIENTS
Challenges and Strategies
69(22)
The Value of Confusion
71(2)
The Good-Enough Therapist
73(6)
Making Good Mistakes
79(4)
The Projective Hypothesis
83(4)
Silence as a Background for Communication
87(4)
The Therapist's Feelings: Anticipated and Unanticipated
91(14)
Impatience
92(2)
``Hey, That Was My Insight!''
94(2)
Sexual Attraction
96(4)
The Power of Regression
100(2)
Doctor Heal Thyself
102(3)
It's Scary to Go to Therapy: The Paradox of Client Resistance
105(27)
The Basic Paradox
109(2)
Meeting Resistance with Acceptance
111(5)
Dealing with Cancellations
116(2)
Premature Termination
118(4)
Wanting to Fire a Client
122(2)
Discussing and Collecting Fees
124(3)
Making Interpretations
127(5)
In the Eye of the Storm: The Therapist's Challenge
132(17)
Shuttling Between Yourself and Your Client
134(3)
Shuttling Between Mind and Body
137(3)
Learning from Distraction, Boredom, and Fatigue
140(1)
On Being Tied to the Mast
141(1)
The Seduction of Words
142(3)
Talking Less and Saying More
145(2)
Paying Attention to Dreams
147(2)
Turning Weaknesses into Strengths
149(16)
Taking Sides and Neutrality
150(2)
Reality Drift
152(3)
Knowing Your Stimulus Value
155(4)
Confidentiality
159(6)
Part Three GETTING TO KNOW YOURSELF
Uncovering Countertransference
165(11)
Manifestations and Underlying Issues
168(2)
An Exercise in Uncovering Countertransference
170(3)
``Things Were Just Perfect''
173(3)
The Making of a Caretaker
176(12)
The Vulnerable Healer
177(2)
The Therapist's Childhood in the Consulting Room
179(1)
Pathological Caretaking
180(2)
The Gifted Child
182(3)
Shame-Based Experience and Behavior
185(1)
Becoming a Therapist
186(2)
Building a Satisfying and Sane Career: Cautions and Encouragement
188(16)
Principle One: Know Your Limits and Select Your Clients
188(1)
Principle Two: Engage in Consistent Self-Care
189(2)
Principle Three: Keep Perspective
191(1)
Principle Four: Watch Out for Trauma Contagion
192(1)
Principle Five: Know Your Laws and Ethics
193(2)
What They Don't Teach You in School
195(2)
What Therapeutic Orientation Should You Choose?
197(3)
Where Should You Work?
200(4)
Walkin the Walk
204(7)
Mindfulness
206(1)
Reunion
207(4)
References and Suggested Readings 211

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