Why do you practice psychotherapy? In this exciting volume, some of the field's leading therapists tell true stories which evoke the pleasures, joys, and satisfactions that inspire passion for therapeutic work. Rather than focusing on the stresses and strains of being a clinician, these dramatic, poignant, wise, sometimes humorous and always soulful stories will help you gain (or regain) hope and excitement, and ultimately inspire a recommitment to a profession that, at its heart and soul, is about helping people.
Gilligan, Foreword. Hoyt, The Joy of Therapy: Editor's Invitation and Preview. Battino, What is Really Important in Life? Bohart, Helping Clients Heal Broken Hearts. Brown, Not Quitting My Day Job: How Being a Therapist Heals Me. Carlson, Turning the Mind into an Ally. Comas-Diaz, Duende: Evocation, Quest, and Soul. Cummings, Psychotherapy's Soothsayer. Erickson, It Warms My Heart. Frykman, Love's Got Everything To Do With It! Goldfield, Off the Couch and Outside the Box. Greenleaf, Life is with People. Hardy, On Being Black in White Places: A Therapist's Journey from Margin to Center. Hiller, Up the Hurry Stairs. Hoyt, Road Trip. Iveson, Blue on Blue: A Love Story. Johnson, Exhilirating Couple Therapy: Singing to My Soul-Holding Steady to My Science-Filling Up My Heart. Kornfield, The Bodhisattva: Tending the World. Korngold, Herman's Wager. Kottler, Love Is a Four-Letter Word in Therapy. Mazza, The Journey of a Lifetime: or, the Adventures of Being a Therapist. Meichenbaum, At My Mother's Kitchen Table: Who Are We, But the Stories We Tell? Neimeyer, The Poetics of Practice: Becoming "Well Versed" in Loss and Grief. Dass, Gawain, Natural Compassion. Ritterman, The Tao of a Woman. Robles, Creating Paths with Heart. Schlanger, Get Off Your High Horse: Reflections of a Problems Solver in Palo Alto. Short, Finding Humanity in Darkness. Soo-Hoo, In Seart of the Spirit: A Therapist's Journey. White, Conscious Purpose and Commitment Exercise. Hoyt, Themes and Lessons: The Invitation Revisited.