On Being a Therapist (6th edition)

ISBN : 9780197604458

Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D.
384 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Mar 2022
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For more than thirty years, On Being a Therapist has inspired generations of mental health professionals (and their clients) to explore the most private, confusing, and sacred aspects of helping others. In this thoroughly revised and updated sixth edition, Jeffrey Kottler explores many of the challenges that therapists face in their practices today, including pressures from increased technology, economic realities, and advances in theory and technique. He also examines the stress factors that are brought on from managed care bureaucracy, conflicts at work, and clients' own anxiety and depression. This new edition includes updated sources, new material on technology, new challenges that therapists face as a result of the global pandemic, and an emphasis on teletherapy and navigating ethics and practice logistics remotely. Generations of students and practitioners in counseling, psychology, social work, psychotherapy, marriage and family therapy, and human services have found comfort, support, and renewed confidence in On Being a Therapist, and this sixth edition builds upon this solid foundation as it continues to educate, inform, and inspire helping professionals everywhere.


About the Author
1. The Therapist's Journey
2. Struggles for Power and Influence
3. Personal and Professional Lives
4. On Being a Therapeutic Storyteller- and Listener
5. How Clients Change Their Therapists
6. Hardships of Therapeutic Practice
7. Being Imperfect, Living with Failure
8. Patients Who Test Our Patience
9. Boredom and Burnout
10. That Which Is Not Said: Myths and Secrets
11. Lies We Tell Ourselves- and Others
12. Self-Care Prospects and Realities: Becoming Models for Our Clients
13. Alternative Therapies for Therapists
14. Toward Creativity and Personal Growth
15. On Being a Client: How to Get the Most from Therapy
Discussion Questions
Name Index
Subject Index

About the author: 

Jeffrey A. Kottler, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, and Scholar in Residence at The Alliance for Multicultural Community Services in Houston, Texas where he works on issues related to refugee resettlement. He is the author of over 100 books in the fields of counseling, psychology, social justice, and related fields.

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