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The Making of a Therapist

A Practical Guide for the Inner Journey
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The difficulty and cost of training psychotherapists properly is well known. It is far easier to provide a series of classes while ignoring the more challenging personal components of training. Despite the fact that the therapist's self-insight, emotional maturity, and calm centeredness are critical for successful psychotherapy, rote knowledge and technical skills are the focus of most training programs. As a result, the therapist's personal growth is either marginalized or ignored. 

The Making of a Therapist counters this trend by offering graduate students and beginning therapists a personal account of this important inner journey. Cozolino provides a unique look inside the mind and heart of an experienced therapist. Listeners will find an exciting and privileged window into the experience of the therapist who, like themselves, is just starting out. In addition, The Making of a Therapist contains the practical advice, common-sense wisdom, and self-disclosure that practicing professionals have found to be the most helpful during their own training. 

The first part of the book, "Getting Through Your First Sessions", takes listeners through the often-perilous days and weeks of conducting initial sessions with real clients. Cozolino addresses such basic concerns as: Do I need to be completely healthy myself before I can help others? What do I do if someone comes to me with an issue or problem I can't handle? What should I do if I have trouble listening to my clients? What if a client scares me? 

The second section of the book, "Getting to Know Your Clients", delves into the routine of therapy and the subsequent stages in which you continue to work with clients and help them. In this context, Cozolino presents the notion of the "good enough" therapist, one who can surrender to his or her own imperfections while still guiding the therapeutic relationship to a positive outcome. The final section, "Getting to Know Yourself", goes to the core of the therapist's relation to him or herself, addressing such issues as: how to turn your weaknesses into strengths and how to deal with the complicated issues of pathological caretaking, countertransference, and self-care. Both an excellent introduction to the field as well as a valuable refresher for the experienced clinician, The Making of a Therapist offers listeners the tools and insight that make the journey of becoming a therapist a rich and rewarding experience.

©2004 Louis J. Cozolino (P)2018 Tantor

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Pure gold

I just started my degree in Arts Therapy and this is a perfect companion. The stories and reflections make sense. Through this book I've been able to understand why I've chosen to pursue Therapy as a professional. I'm sure I'll be reading this again and again.

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  • Heather F
  • 06-08-2018

Excellent for Therapists at All Stages

I am just starting out as an MFT, and found this book to be so helpful, guiding me through some of the fears and concerns I had during the first few sessions with clients. I feel that this will be a book I will reread over and over again, as there is much wisdom to be gained from it at all points in one's career.

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  • shelley aki
  • 23-08-2018

Great info for a new or seasoned therapist

I have been a therapist for many years, and this book has changed my practice

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  • Stephanie
  • 25-08-2019

Essential

Loved this book, helped so much. Recommend to all new therapists. If your just starting out, or ever feel like a fraud, listen to this book!

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  • David O'Shaughnessy
  • 22-08-2019

The Reader of the Book Drags the Book Down

The book seems reasonable, so out of sheer commitment to that I endured the tortuous reading. The reader has a style that is anti-therapeutic, and just plain irritating.

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  • fish bean
  • 15-03-2019

Meh & Wow

There were a couple of chapters I decided to listen again. Chapter 12 was enlightening.

But the reading performance makes the book sound very dry. Some of the tips, such as "Don't panic", are worth my money. Wait, I used a free credit...

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  • Patricia Andino Pabon
  • 12-12-2018

Counseling Psychology Student

As a student I enjoyed this book and would have loved to have read it sooner.

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  • Carol
  • 11-12-2019

Good read for counselors in training

Great narration. Dr. Cozolino's style shows a lot of empathy and knowledge regarding the anxieties and struggles of beginning therapists. I found it helpful and informative.

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  • Angie Buchanan
  • 22-09-2019

All counselors/therapists should read or listen

It's amazing. Full of great insight and wisdom. I will be re-listening, probably multiple times.

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  • 匿名
  • 29-08-2019

love it

as a i will soon beggin my jurney in the psychotherapy world it gave me alot of guidelines witch i will deffintely use.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-03-2019

enjoyed this book.

I am a beginning therapist but practicing nonetheless. this book seemed to be focused on people who are still in grad school. however, I really enjoyed the book and still found it helpful

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  • Scott
  • 25-01-2019

Amazing book

I downloaded this not because I'm training to be a psychotherapist but because I'm an executive coach with an interest in the use of psychodynamic theory in coaching. I therefore wasn't sure how much I would get from listening to this, but to be honest, it was a revelation. It's tremendously insightful, well narrated, and there is plenty for me to apply in a coaching environment. I was already aware of the importance of transferance and counter-transferance however the emphasis on this in the later sections of the book has helped me increase my awareness of these greatly during sessions, to positive effect. If I could give this book 6 stars I would. I'm onto my second listen already.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-12-2018

I would highly recommend this book.

I'm a training therapist and I loved this book. it was wonderful to listen to it on Amazon audible and made for addictive listening. There was so much wisdom, I have no doubt it will be a book I will continue to come back to . A big thank you to the author for sharing their knowledge and to the narrator of the book for audible. Really great job, Thank you.

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  • andrew
  • 05-01-2019

Journey to the self

One of the most personally insightful books that encourages reflection to the core. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the therapeutic arena.

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  • miss sophia yvonne carmen
  • 15-07-2018

Excellent

So helpful and honest. Helped me to make several connections that theory alone would not have provided. Accessible with good narration, I’m sure I will listen to this several times over, and feel grateful to the author for his contribution to therapy training.

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  • 匿名
  • 12-02-2019

Wonderful reflections

a very useful, informative and reflective book. I will listen again, and again. Helped me on my journey as a counsellor and personally within myself.

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  • Tatiana
  • 31-01-2020

Must read and re-read by all therapists

This book shows the complexity and the potential challenges of the profession of a therapist. It is practical and gives a taste of how it is to be a therapist. It is simple to understand and relate to the experiences of the author. I think it should be one of the main guidances for the future therapists. It’s also a good self help manual for those who are already in the profession and feel being challenged as the author indicates potential sources of those problems.

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  • Mark
  • 12-12-2019

Informative and Engaging

Quite an education and very engaging to listen to. Presents from a psychodynamic approach. Recommended.

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  • Hothenzy
  • 17-09-2019

absolutely brilliant

inviting native voice. makes the story real. very practical book. am glad I bought it.

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  • 匿名
  • 16-09-2019

Inspiring book

Amazing book for beginning therapists. Gives hope, inspiration through authors self experience. Recommended for not only the beginning, but also practicing therapists who feel that they want to grow with the patient.

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  • Eoin
  • 07-06-2019

A great read

This book really lays out the essential element of the therapists own inner work. It also puts some reality into starting a career path in this field. worth a read for persons considering studying or looking at what a career in being a therapist entails.