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The Therapist's Workbook: Self-Assessment, Self-Care, and Self-Improvement Exercises for Mental Health Professionals [Paperback]

Jeffrey A. Kottler

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Book Description

Oct. 18 2011 1118026314 978-1118026311 2
Mental health professionals spend their days helping others, but who is there to help them when stress and burnout threaten their own well-being? Filled with self-assessments, journaling exercises, and activities designed to facilitate renewal, growth, and change, this timely book helps clinicians help themselves with coverage of career threatening issues, such as fear of failure, loss of confidence, and the financial stress and loss of autonomy that many clinician's experience as a result of managed care and its constraints.

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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a journal format than a true workbook June 3 2012
By doctor_beth - Published on
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As a psychologist working in a college counseling center--a fairly demanding position, at least for about 9 months of the year--I was interested in how this workbook would assist with promoting self-care for staff members. Ultimately, however, I found the volume to be rather disappointing. As per the subtitle, what I expected was "self-assessment, self-care, and self-improvement exercises," but in actuality, what author Jeffrey Kottler offers is more of a guided journal model.

For example, in the opening chapter--titled "On Being a Therapist"--Kottler has the reader make a list of what his/her hopes were for becoming a therapist and how those expectations have/have not been satisfied; a few other self-exploratory questions are included as well. Subsequent chapters offer similar open-ended writing exercises designed to connect with the joys of therapeutic work, to identify sources of stress, and to come to terms with disappointments. Some of the exercises (again, all writing-based) also help to establish a greater sense of appreciation for clients and what the individual therapist can learn from them.

Part II of the book, entitled "Taking Care of Yourself," was a bit closer to what I had been expecting. Still, however, most of the "exercises" were mere journaling--e.g., answering questions about a particular client. There were a few more specific suggestions for how to use peer supervision as well as how to avoid/handle burnout, but unfortunately, these sections were relatively brief. Similarly, the last part of the workbook, "Practicing What You Preach," focused on adding fun and joy to the work, but again, it utilized mainly open-ended questioning rather than offer many concrete techniques.

Someone who is interested in self-exploration and who enjoys journal-writing in particular may find this book helpful. However, those who saw the "workbook" part of the title and were expecting a more useful, guided manual are likely to be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff A. Kottler has done it again! March 9 2014
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This book is the companion to the textbook, "Foundations for Mental Health and Community Counseling..." Again, another reality base book from the desk of Jeff A. Kottler. Thought provoking questions and very clear writing.
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful! Feb. 18 2014
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I read the entire thing, but did not do the journaling exercises and I still found this book helpful. The topics for self-reflection seem applicable to any therapist or intern working with clients.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Self Reflection Workbook for Therapists Sept. 22 2012
By Amber FLYNN - Published on
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I like this book. Its a great Idea. Probably would be a great book for a Therapist who has just gotten out of school, and is trying to figure how to deal with their own issues and also learn how to not become too enmeshed with their clients.

If you are a self motivated type of person, and don't necessarily (as a therapist) want to process with someone, then this is a great book for working out the issues you are having. Whether you have been doing it for years, or are new to being a Therapist, this book will help you to start asking questions.

Personally, I got a little bit bored with the questions. I didn't think they were deep enough, or spiritual enough to help me become a better counselor.

But, if you are really frustrated with being a Therapist, this book will help you to decide to DO YOUR OWN WORK on yourself, or stop being a therapist. If you are burnt out and need to be re-ignited with WHY you became one in the first place, this may be the book for you. OR, if you are just literally burnt out, this book may help you get out of the field and do something different.

The questions are basic. And they are directed toward you getting more honest with yourself as to why you decided to help people in the first place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars insightful and motivating July 19 2012
By guitfiddleblue - Published on
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I received this workbook in what I would call a professional lull. In chapter one it visits why you became a therapist in the first place, which brought back a lot of good memories for me. The workbook is written in such a way that if you really engage with it, you will find yourself gaining insight into yourself as a professional as well as a person. I found this quite helpful in my day to day practice as a therapist. I recommend this workbook to all therapists out there, irregardless of your philosophical underpinnings. It is a great help to us.

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