From his thirty-five years as a practicing psychiatrist and as an award-winning author, Irvin D. Yalom imparts his unique wisdom in The Gift of Therapy. 34 quotes from The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients: ‘Though the physicality of death destroys us, th. The culmination of master psychiatrist Dr. Irvin D. Yalom’s more than thirty-five years in clinical practice, The Gift of Therapy is a remarkable and.

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The Gift of Therapy: I’m not a therapist but this book was full of so much wisdom about communicating with others that a lot the material is applicable to both my personal life and in my work as a teacher. Mar 22, Genna rated it liked it.

The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients

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 patientFreud 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. Reviewed by Jeffrey C.

Yalom, The Gift of Therapy: Easy reading, …more It’s a suite of ideas about how to be a good therapist, written by a famous one, in a sometimes serious sometimes amusing way. Anxiety comes from the responsibility of making decisions. Seasoned therapists view relationships differently, they sometimes lose patience with social ritual lrvin bureaucracy, they cannot abide the fleeting shallow encounters and small talk of many social gatherings.

At once startlingly profound and irresistibly practical, Yalom’s insights will help enrich the therapeutic process for a new generation of patients and counselors. Yalom is widely considered a contemporary genius in the field when it comes to group therapy which he is often credited with formulating for contemporary contextsand this book, despite his occasional self-indulgences, is a testament to his brilliant self-effa I have the impression that many books on therapy in the self-help section are full of watered-down insight and oft-repeated platitudes,like clever pats on the back repackaged a thousand times beforebut this book is nothing like that.


While this book came recommended from a professor I deeply respect, I have to irvinn it didn’t do a whole lot for me. I do not fully agree with this thdrapy and sometime I feel that the therapeutic relationship, or love as I would label it, is far more important than skills training.

It is a far better model to think of understanding the past in order to apprehend the present therapist-patient relationship. If you think you may want to be trained as a therapist or counselor, this book may provide excellent insight into how an expert counselor thinks and behaves, and it is full of wry and honest anecdotes about clients he has worked with, and all of their peculiarities.

The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients

Staying present with a client is synonymous with the ubiquitous term “mindfulness. Yalom’s examples are reminiscent of those you would find in a self-help workbook, and his desire to guide therapists with an od There are a lot of points in this book that really resonate with what I have felt has rivin me as a patient to have a great experience in therapy. To ask other readers questions about The Gift of Therapyplease sign up. Yaolm 31, Kelsey rated it it was ok.

Oct 25, Heather rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Pushes the boundaries of modern therapy. Dec 20, Mihail Nedkov rated it did not like it. The next 10 sections describe how he discusses the issues of death, freedom, and life meaning with patients. A lot of these tidbits were very common sense. Individuals who are in therapy or interested in psychology may enjoy it as well. What he has given the practitioner is an assortment of topics that are sure to help invigorate a new gene.

MSW students, anyone in the “helping” professions. This was an exciting and wholly overwhelming time as season of school was ending and the season of getting a job and actually “doing the damn thing” was starting. From home visits to dream work, it’s not my jam right now, at least in the field in which I’m working.


Yalom’s words about the therapeutic process perfectly describes my sentiment about the privilege of walking with clients in their journey of change. Consequently, patients must assume responsibility for that freedom to evolve.

I took away a star because he has a thing for dream interpretation ylom because there were a few chapters I didn’t connect to.

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The Gift of Therapy : An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients

Processing the here and now has been proved to be of tremendous help since I started implementing it last week. The Widow Clicquot Tilar J. Refresh and try again. There is so much wisdom in this book, formulated as a very readable guide for the young therapist, with fascinating case examples — the whole package.

I don’t have tolerance and I don’t think I really care about people anymore. From this perspective, we are constantly distracted and consumed by our materialistic surroundings.

May 07, Lilyan rated it really liked it Shelves: We are constantly in awe about how all these objects come to be in our world, and how they operate.

The Collected Poems Sylvia Plath. An office visit for even a simple condition like hypertension may be routine to a physician, but patients, in the back of their mind, may fear the implications of the doctor’s assessment for the length of their life or changes in their lifestyle. Be where the client is. This is my all time favorite of Irvin Yalom’s books.