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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Moreover, freedom is permeated with a complex combination of anxiety and responsibility.

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.

Existential concerns are never far from a physician’s daily business, yet we receive little formal instruction in how to use the doctor-patient relationship to talk with patients about issues like death and life meaning in a helpful way.

National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. I’m usually a library reader, but I’m glad I bought this one, because I’ll be reading it again and again. I felt that a strict boundary needs to be maintained and I should not let my client access my internal processing.

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

The 85 bite-sized essays comprising this book convey the crucial “throw-ins” that optimize the effectiveness of therapy, including the here-and-now therapist-client relationship, the therapist’s use of self, an ongoing exploration of the givens of existence, and the use of dreams in therapy. Our ongoing search for substantial meaning systems often throws us into crises of meaning. Want to Read saving….


See 1 question about The Gift of Therapy…. Creativity Dr Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Whether as a new therapist or a human being, I always ask myself this question: God, I love this book. This book is at the top of my list of yzlom other publications I’ve read on psychotherapy.

Although he has an ardent understanding of therapeutic techniques, he relishes being grounded in an Existential approach to individual therapy. It is a far better model to think of understanding the past in order to apprehend the present therapist-patient relationship. It would be far too one-dimensional to merely assert this is a must read book.

His advice to focus on the present and to engage with clients in a way that transcends typical boundaries shows his expertise and insight to the field of therapy, and his use of case studies keeps The Gift of Therapy an inviting and intriguing read.

Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry. My fourth Yalom book, this text was the perfect supplement to my Masters course in Psychology actually sometimes the uni course felt like a supplement to the book!

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

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.


Yalom’s examples are reminiscent of those you would find in a self-help workbook, and his desire to guide therapists with an oddly end-all and preachy tone irks me.

This will be a classic if it isn’t already. Back cover copy The irviin of master psychiatrist Dr. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer.

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

While this book was good and worthwhile, I think I’m coming to accept that most of that bathtub of “not knowing” won’t irivn drained by books and probably won’t ever be drained at all very unfortunately. Quotes from The Gift of Therapy. Sort of like a bathtub, draining slowly, slowly, slowly. But more deeply troubling is the description of the “intimate” nature of his relationships with patients.

The Gift of Therapy Quotes by Irvin D. Yalom

I think that’s the m Pushes the boundaries of modern therapy. I don’t have tolerance and I don’t think I really care about people anymore. The last point is so true that I do not feel the need to defend it.

If Yalom’s goal here was to make new therapists therapj better about not being perfect, I think he more or less got it. Be where the client is. Any attempt at cover-up will ultimately backfire.