How Therapists Change: Personal and Professional Reflections

Pages: 343
Item #: 431762A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-727-3
List Price: $39.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $29.95
Copyright: 2001
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

While a great deal of research and theory has been devoted to how patients change, this unique book offers a rare glimpse into how therapists evolve professionally. Prominent therapists from various theoretical orientations reflect on how they have expanded their professional horizons and how their intervention styles have changed over the years. This unique book provides a rare opportunity to witness the human side of therapists as they develop and grow.

Goldfried provides the context for these memoirs in a thought-provoking introduction that describes the growing development of the psychotherapy integration movement and the societal forces that gave it its impetus. Each therapist in turn then tells her or his professional story, exploring through reflection and rich anecdotes the events that have shaped their careers. These tales of personal development will be a welcome source of support for beginning therapists, especially those who are struggling to develop their own professional identities.

Table of Contents



I. The Context of Change

  1. Introduction: The Evolution of Therapists' Orientations
    —Marvin R. Goldfried

II. Professional Memoirs of Psychodynamic Therapists

  1. A Developmental History of a Believer in History
    —Lorna Smith Benjamin
  2. Reflections of a Psychoanalytic Therapist
    —Morris N. Eagle
  3. A Therapist's Journey
    —John M. Rhoads
  4. How I Learned to Abandon Certainty and Embrace Change
    —George Stricker
  5. An (Inevitably) Self-Deceiving Reflection on Self-Deception
    —Paul L. Wachtel

III. Professional Memoirs of Cognitive–Behavior Therapists

  1. The Professional Autobiography of a Behavior Therapist
    —Herbert Fensterheim
  2. Making Meaning of Therapy: A Personal Narrative of Change Over 4 Decades
    —Iris E. Fodor
  3. Reflections of a Behavior Therapist
    —Alan J. Goldstein
  4. From Insight and Reflection to Action and Clinical Breadth
    —Arnold A. Lazarus
  5. Behaviorism, Cognitivism and Constructivism: Reflections on People and Patterns in My Intellectual Development
    —Michael J. Mahoney

IV. Professional Memoirs of Experiential Therapists

  1. From Experiential to Eclectic Psychotherapist
    —Larry E. Beutler
  2. The Evolution of an Integrative Experiential Therapist
    —Arthur C. Bohart
  3. My Change Process: From Certainty Through Chaos to Complexity
    —Leslie S. Greenberg
  4. Pathways to a Relational Worldview
    —Lynne Jacobs
  5. The Integrative Experience of Psychotherapy Integration
    —Barry E. Wolfe

V. Therapists Are Simply More Human Than Otherwise

  1. Conclusion: A Perspective on How Therapists Change
    —Marvin R. Goldfried


About the Editor

Editor Bio

Marvin R. Goldfried, PhD, is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In addition to his teaching, clinical supervision, and research, he maintains a limited practice of psychotherapy in New York City.

He is a diplomate in clinical psychology, recipient of the Distinguished Psychologist Award from APA's Divisions of Clinical Psychology and of Psychotherapy, past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, founder of the journal In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice, editorial board member of numerous professional journals, and author of several books.

Dr. Goldfried is cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.