The Therapist in the Real World: What You Never Learn in Graduate School (But Really Need to Know)

Advice and inspiration for the real-life challenges of being a mental health professional.

Graduate school and professional training for therapists often focus on academic preparation, but there’s a lot more that a therapist needs to know to be successful after graduation. With warmth, wisdom, and expertise, Jeffrey A. Kottler covers crucial but underaddressed challenges that therapists face in their professional lives at all levels of experience.

PART I , “More Than You Bargained For,” covers the changing landscape of the mental health profession and the limits and merits of professional training.

PART II , “Secrets and Neglected Challenges,” explores important issues that are often overlooked during training years, including the ways our clients become our greatest teachers, the power of storytelling, and the role of deception in psychotherapy.

And in PART III , “Ongoing Personal and Professional Development,” Kottler focuses on areas in which even the most experienced therapists can continue to hone their talents and maximize their potential, laying out effective tips to navigate organization politics, write and publish books and articles, cultivate creativity in clinical work, maintain a private practice, present and lecture to large and small audiences, sustain passion for the work of helping others, plan for the future, and much more.

As honest and inspiring as it is revealing, this book offers therapists and counselors at all levels of experience key ideas for thriving after formal education.

Jeffrey A. Kottler, PhD, is one of the most prolific authors in the fields of psychology and education, having written over 80 books about a wide range of subjects, many of them featuring his lifelong interest in therapists' inner experience and path to excellence. Jeffrey has authored more than a dozen texts for counselors and therapists that are used in universities around the world and a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators, many of which represent stories of seminal change. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Some of Jeffrey's most popular books include On Being a Therapist, Learning Group Leadership, Change: What Leads to Personal Transformation, Divine Madness, The Therapist's Workbook, and On Being a Master Therapist: Practicing What We Preach.

Jeffrey has served as a Fulbright Scholar and senior lecturer in Peru (1980) and Iceland (2000), as well as worked as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. He has taught counseling and therapy in universities and workshops throughout the world. Jeffrey is professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton and the University of St. Thomas (Houston), and the founder of Empower Nepali Girls, an organization that provides educational scholarship for at-risk children in Nepal.

ISBN: 9780393710984

ISBN-10: 9780393710984

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Date: 07/27/2015 - 12:00am

On Sale: 07/27/2015 - 12:00am

Pages: 322

Language: English


Psychology / Psychotherapy