What Therapists Don't Talk About and Why: Understanding Taboos That Hurt Us and Our Clients

Pages: 199
Item #: 4317105
ISBN: 978-1-59147-401-2
List Price: $29.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $24.95
Copyright: 2006
Format: Softcover
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This second edition is an indispensable survival guide…an essential book for every clinician—from trainees to seasoned practitioners.

This book was created to help therapists and therapists-in-training explore the myths and taboo topics that weaken their practice and cause anxiety, discomfort, and confusion. Some of these topics include feeling incompetent; making mistakes; getting caught off guard by fee entanglements; becoming enraged at patients; managing illness; understanding sexual arousal and impulses; praying with patients as part of therapy; feeling ashamed; being fired; and not knowing what to do.

The title of the 1993 first edition of this book was Sexual Feelings in Psychotherapy: Explorations for Therapists and Therapists-in-Training. The new title for the second edition reflects a greatly expanded scope that focuses on a variety of other topics in addition to sexual feelings.

The book discusses the damaging myths that therapists seem to hold about themselves that sustain the taboo topics. By offering questions for self-assessment and a series of "explorations" that can be used to examine taboo topics individually or in groups, the book provides resources for recognizing the myths, challenging the taboos, and speaking honestly and directly with patients and others about topics that have been off-limits.

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