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The Making of a Therapist

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 17th 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Dec 08, 2013 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book. It's not about psychological concepts or psychotherapeutic techniques per se (although several are mentioned, of course), more like the way we psychotherapists experience those concepts and techniques in our clinic practice.
The way the book is written is easy to understand and very warm. The author cover a wide range of issues that every new professional on this area faces when dealing with patients. The anxiety, the difficulty to accept mistakes, the shame of not knowing all
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Feb 28, 2012 Lynette Anderson rated it it was amazing
As an aspiring graduate student in mental health counseling, I picked this book up and eagerly read it. It is packed with down-to-earth advice, that was helpful before even beginning my classes. I know that this book will be much-used into my career! I enjoyed the author's use of personal stories, and the questions he raises (do therapists get therapy, too?) caused some relief on my part. Some of his advice will be useful as I embark on helping others while still helping myself. His sections on ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Wow! As I have stated before, I only give out 5 stars to those books that I feel have changed or affected me in some way, books that I enjoy recommending to family, friends, colleagues and/or clients. . . those books that will stay with me for many years to come. The Making of a Therapist is such a book! Upon completing the book this afternoon, I feel I want to write Louis Cozolino a personal letter of thanks.

I have been providing counseling services on and off throughout my career as a social
Nov 23, 2016 Sebastian rated it liked it
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Jul 15, 2015 Katja rated it really liked it
A guide to beginning therapists, this was a wonderful adjunct to my first year of professional experience. Cozolino writes with great clarity and compassion about the most important issues in therapy, and the book could easily be enjoyed by beginners and professionals alike. I was surprised by how many anecdotes of his blunders he includes, making the book very relatable and allaying any guilt that I might have had about making mistakes in my work. I enjoyed every minute of this heartfelt yet ...more
Dec 23, 2013 Kristie rated it really liked it
I was assigned to read this book in my practicum course for grad school (prior to my internship). I was very appreciative of all the supportive advice that was given to beginner therapists and I would recommend anyone just starting out in the field read this book. Although, I can't say that I completely agree with everything that was said in the book, I do feel that the book gives a greater understanding of what it is to be in the counseling field and helps to set your mind at ease if you are ...more
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Sep 28, 2013 Triecia Gibney rated it really liked it
I picked this book up at a second hand book store whilst on holidays. I wish I had read it when I first started my clinical psychology practice. It offers some very practical advice and thoughtful insights for new therapists. Whilst experienced therapists might find it a bit lacking in depth I think it would be a useful starter text for recent graduates and I would readily recommend it to my supervisees.
May 27, 2012 Miriam rated it it was amazing
As a Training Director at a Counseling Center, I think this is a must read for beginning therapists, and a good read for others at all stages of their professional development. Reading about countertransference got me thinking about my own and talking to colleagues for peer supervision. The book is also easy to read. I plan on making it a requirement for next year's trainees.
May 01, 2016 Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cozolino expresses his fears and mistakes, which certainly helps you as a person who is initiating the passionate road towards becoming a therapist.
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Sep 08, 2015 Michelle Lyon rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book for beginning therapists - practical and reassuring, and full of anecdotes from the authors own experience.
Jul 19, 2015 valerie rated it really liked it
I wish I had read this in graduate school. It's an excellent resource for counseling graduate students of new counselors.
Apr 25, 2011 Ethan rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for any therapist, beginning or experienced. Should be a must read mental health professionals.
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