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A Perilous Calling the Hazards of Psychotherapy Practice

by Michael B. Sussman

  • ISBN: 9780471056577
  • ISBN10: 047105657X

A Perilous Calling the Hazards of Psychotherapy Practice

by Michael B. Sussman

  • List Price: $172.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Publish date: 03/01/1995
  • ISBN: 9780471056577
  • ISBN10: 047105657X
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Description: What are the consequences of prolonged exposure to the mental and emotional sufferings of others? In what ways can the practice of psychotherapy impede a person's ability to form healthy, fulfilling personal relationships? Is it true that psychotherapists are unusually prone to mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual acting out, workaholism, and suicide? Is there something about people who are drawn to a life in psychotherapy that puts them at higher risk of developing certain behavioral disorders? Throughout the pages of this fascinating book, nearly thirty psychotherapists - including psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and social workers - provide intimate, at times painfully frank, accounts of their inner experiences and struggles. In a series of compelling first-person narratives, written in a variety of styles, they explore such topics as the therapist's personal development and unconscious motivations for becoming a therapist, the emotional impact of clinical work on the psychotherapist, the stresses and strains that the practice of psychotherapy can exert on a marriage, parenting and psychotherapy, disillusionment and the physical and psychic isolation of clinical work, the struggles of therapists who suffer from characterological problems of their own, and the extreme perils of dealing with suicidal patients. They also delve into a number of important professional, ethical, and legal hazards practitioners face in this age of the medical "quick-fix".
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