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Why Do Therapists Choose to Be Therapists?: A Practice Based Enquiry

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ISBN: 9781855758261
Author(s): Sofie Bager-Charleson
Format: Paperback
Year: 2010
Publisher: Karnac Books
Dimensions: 145 x 226 x 13 (w x l x h)
Pages: 176
Series: The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Series

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Almost two decades ago, the psychoanalyst Sussman concluded that the therapist's motivation for practicing was a neglected area. Is this maybe a question best left alone? This book revisits the question. The authors support Sussman's rational for raising the issue in the first place and wonder if much has changed since he referred to it as a neglected area twenty years ago. This is an inquiry that moves from personal musing to collaborative and systematic inquiry. At the heart of the book lie six separate accounts as told by counselors and psychotherapists in a reflective writing and peer support group. Each therapist represents a different modality and all come with very different backgrounds. These accounts are put into context of ongoing literature and viewed with reference to a survey where 238 other therapists provide their perspective on the question. Like in the case of for instance Feltham (1999), Rowan & Jacobs (2003) and Val Wosket (1999:xi) 'the therapists use of self', is a key theme. It is particularly so in the case of Wosket, who approaches the area of the therapist's use of self with an interest in reflective practice. The attention paid to what therapists bring into the therapeutic relationship is shared with Steve Page (1999) who explores the therapists' input in terms of both pot
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