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The Client Who Changed Me: Stories of Therapist Personal Transformation,9780415951081

The Client Who Changed Me: Stories of Therapist Personal Transformation

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 8/15/2005
Publisher(s): Routledge
Availability: This title is currently not available.

Summary

Although the impact that clients can have on therapists is well-known, most work on the subject consists of dire warnings: mental health professionals are taught early on to be on their guard for burnout, compassion fatigue, and countertransference. However, while these professional hazards are very real, the scholarly focus on the negative potential of the client-counselor relationship often implies that no good can come of allowing oneself to get too close to a client's issues. This sentiment obscures what every therapist knows to be true: that the client-counselor relationship can also effect powerful positive transformations in a therapist's own life. How Clients Transform Their Therapistsis Jeffrey Kottler and Jon Carlson's testimony to the significant and often life-changing ways in which therapists have been changed by their patients. Kottler and Carlson draw not only upon their own extensive experience-between them, they have more than fifty years in the field-but also upon lengthyinterviews with dozens of the country's foremost therapists and theorists. This novel work will present readers with a truly unique perspective on the business of therapy: not merely how it appears externally, but how practitioners experience it internally. Although these stories paint a complex and multi-layered portrait of the client-counselor relationship, they all demonstrate the profound and unexpected rewards that the profession has to offer.

Author Biography

Jon Carlson is distinguished professor of psychology and counseling at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois.

Table of Contents

About the Authors vii
From Clay to Fire: A Mythological Tale
1(8)
Jeffrey A. Kottler: About Last Night
9(8)
Jon Carlson: Self-Surgery to Remove the Transponder
17(12)
Violet Oaklander: The Kitten That Roared
29(10)
Frank Pittman: An Affair with an Alien
39(10)
Robert Neimeyer: Using Metaphors to Thaw a Frozen Woman
49(6)
Alan Marlatt: A New Name
55(10)
Albert Ellis: Learning from a Difficult Customer
65(6)
Bradford Keeney: A Family of Pirates
71(14)
John Gray: Little Things Make a Big Difference
85(6)
Steven Lankton: Clients Tune Me Up
91(10)
David E. Scharff: The Patient Who Taught Me to Be a Therapist
101(10)
Pat Love: The Broken Heart
111(8)
Laura Brown: A Spiritual Awakening
119(4)
Ken Hardy: Mister Black Doctor
123(6)
Michael Yapko: Caught in a Controversy
129(10)
John Murphy: A Language of Shrugs
139(8)
John Krumboltz: The Story of the Sun and the Wind
147(6)
Paul Pedersen: A Lesson in Humility
153(8)
Lenore Walker: Finding Justice with a Sledgehammer
161(8)
Barry Duncan: When Courage Is Enough
169(10)
Leigh McCullough: The Lady Cloaked in Fog
179(6)
Patricia Arredondo: The Client Who Inspired Her Therapist
185(6)
Howard Kirschenbaum: A Flood of Feeling
191(8)
How Clients Change Their Therapists
199(18)
About the Contributors 217(4)
References 221

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