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Summary

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 focus of most training programs. As a result, the therapist's personal growth is either marginalized or ignored. 

The Making of a Therapist counters this trend by offering graduate students and beginning therapists a personal account of this important inner journey. Cozolino provides a unique look inside the mind and heart of an experienced therapist. Listeners will find an exciting and privileged window into the experience of the therapist who, like themselves, is just starting out. In addition, The Making of a Therapist contains the practical advice, common-sense wisdom, and self-disclosure that practicing professionals have found to be the most helpful during their own training. 

The first part of the book, "Getting Through Your First Sessions", takes listeners through the often-perilous days and weeks of conducting initial sessions with real clients. Cozolino addresses such basic concerns as: Do I need to be completely healthy myself before I can help others? What do I do if someone comes to me with an issue or problem I can't handle? What should I do if I have trouble listening to my clients? What if a client scares me? 

The second section of the book, "Getting to Know Your Clients", delves into the routine of therapy and the subsequent stages in which you continue to work with clients and help them. In this context, Cozolino presents the notion of the "good enough" therapist, one who can surrender to his or her own imperfections while still guiding the therapeutic relationship to a positive outcome. The final section, "Getting to Know Yourself", goes to the core of the therapist's relation to him or herself, addressing such issues as: how to turn your weaknesses into strengths and how to deal with the complicated issues of pathological caretaking, countertransference, and self-care. Both an excellent introduction to the field as well as a valuable refresher for the experienced clinician, The Making of a Therapist offers listeners the tools and insight that make the journey of becoming a therapist a rich and rewarding experience.

©2004 Louis J. Cozolino (P)2018 Tantor

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Amazing book

I downloaded this not because I'm training to be a psychotherapist but because I'm an executive coach with an interest in the use of psychodynamic theory in coaching. I therefore wasn't sure how much I would get from listening to this, but to be honest, it was a revelation. It's tremendously insightful, well narrated, and there is plenty for me to apply in a coaching environment. I was already aware of the importance of transferance and counter-transferance however the emphasis on this in the later sections of the book has helped me increase my awareness of these greatly during sessions, to positive effect. If I could give this book 6 stars I would. I'm onto my second listen already.

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I would highly recommend this book.

I'm a training therapist and I loved this book. it was wonderful to listen to it on Amazon audible and made for addictive listening. There was so much wisdom, I have no doubt it will be a book I will continue to come back to . A big thank you to the author for sharing their knowledge and to the narrator of the book for audible. Really great job, Thank you.

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Journey to the self

One of the most personally insightful books that encourages reflection to the core. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the therapeutic arena.

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Excellent

So helpful and honest. Helped me to make several connections that theory alone would not have provided. Accessible with good narration, I’m sure I will listen to this several times over, and feel grateful to the author for his contribution to therapy training.

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Amazing book.

I would suggest this book to everyone. It is a "bible" for all, who wish to coach, heal others.

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Very insightful

Loved this book. It made me think, laugh, sniffle and taught me an awful lot. Literally all I could hope for. As I am more a fan of behavioural therapy, I was initially a little dubious as the author heavily focused on the depths of the subconscious, but his approach never interferes with his message and his methods are all generally accepted in the field.

I can only recommend the book - not just to professionals, but any student of psychology or the interested lay person.

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Wonderful reflections

a very useful, informative and reflective book. I will listen again, and again. Helped me on my journey as a counsellor and personally within myself.

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Great listen

Absolutely loved this book. Definitely worth it of you're interested in becoming an effective counsellor/therapist

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I thoroughly enjoyed it

This was a very interesting listen. I would recommend this to all Up and coming therapists, it really does express our initial doubts as normal feelings and guides in how to work through them.

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Informative and revealing

I am exploring a new career in therapy which has opened up an area I have not considered before. Intellectualising our emotions as a way of avoiding them. Love the ideas in here.

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  • 06-08-18

Excellent for Therapists at All Stages

I am just starting out as an MFT, and found this book to be so helpful, guiding me through some of the fears and concerns I had during the first few sessions with clients. I feel that this will be a book I will reread over and over again, as there is much wisdom to be gained from it at all points in one's career.

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  • shelley aki
  • 23-08-18

Great info for a new or seasoned therapist

I have been a therapist for many years, and this book has changed my practice

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  • Stephanie
  • 25-08-19

Essential

Loved this book, helped so much. Recommend to all new therapists. If your just starting out, or ever feel like a fraud, listen to this book!

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  • David O'Shaughnessy
  • 22-08-19

The Reader of the Book Drags the Book Down

The book seems reasonable, so out of sheer commitment to that I endured the tortuous reading. The reader has a style that is anti-therapeutic, and just plain irritating.

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  • fish bean
  • 15-03-19

Meh & Wow

There were a couple of chapters I decided to listen again. Chapter 12 was enlightening.

But the reading performance makes the book sound very dry. Some of the tips, such as "Don't panic", are worth my money. Wait, I used a free credit...

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  • G.
  • 06-03-19

You are to blame as the therapist....

I just can't gnaw on this one very well. It is so liberal in its view of the therapist and how much blame is to be past in the therapist's direction that I stopped listening to it after a while. It reads like a textbook and he is not very honest when it comes to the real feelings of a therapist and some of the most challenging and manipulative clients that you will see. No matter the problem, it is the therapist that always fails. Cozolino never delves into the complexity of some people that you will see and the clients that will come in to abuse and manipulate you at every turn. If this does happen, you still must look inward at your failure to help this person, and your failure as a therapist. I just can't subscribe to this kind of viewpoint.

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As a student I enjoyed this book and would have loved to have read it sooner.

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  • Cari Batenburg
  • 18-07-21

Honest, straightforward, and very helpful

I very much enjoyed this book, and found the author's open-hearted approach and willingness to share his own experiences - both the good and the bad - truly inspiring.

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  • Elif Todd
  • 24-04-21

This is one to listen to over and over

I'm finding this book just as useful, if not more, as my counselling course textbooks.

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  • Priscilla Branch
  • 01-02-21

Much Needed Honest Perspective on Counseling

The audio version of this book felt like someone stripped me to my very soul. The author was soooo spot on about the personal motivations and aspirations of therapists and students of therapy.

And even though I still haven't found a Residency to complete the requisite hours to even sit for my exam, this book has helped ME understand why I would not want to pursue a counseling career full-time. And while I continue to wait for that part-time residency, listening to this book helped me sift out my reasonings for pursuing a graduate degree in therapy--AND to be completely accepting of my choices.

While the author gives us an unblinking, honest perspective of those of us in the caring fields, it also provides a refreshingly joyous invitation for us to continue growing in our self awareness and potential for countertransference.

This audiobook would make me stop in my tracks because of the honesty and forthrightness. I am absolutely grateful for this audiobook.