Why do you practice psychotherapy? In this exciting volume, some of the field’s leading therapists tell true stories which evoke the pleasures, joys, and satisfactions that inspire passion for therapeutic work. Rather than focusing on the stresses and strains of being a clinician, these dramatic, poignant, wise, sometimes humorous and always soulful stories will help you gain (or regain) hope and excitement, and ultimately inspire a recommitment to a profession that, at its heart and soul, is about helping people.
Table of Contents
Gilligan, Foreword. Hoyt, The Joy of Therapy: Editor's Invitation and Preview. Battino, What is Really Important in Life? Bohart, Helping Clients Heal Broken Hearts. Brown, Not Quitting My Day Job: How Being a Therapist Heals Me. Carlson, Turning the Mind into an Ally. Comas-Diaz, Duende: Evocation, Quest, and Soul. Cummings, Psychotherapy's Soothsayer. Erickson, It Warms My Heart. Frykman, Love's Got Everything To Do With It! Goldfield, Off the Couch and Outside the Box. Greenleaf, Life is with People. Hardy, On Being Black in White Places: A Therapist's Journey from Margin to Center. Hiller, Up the Hurry Stairs. Hoyt, Road Trip. Iveson, Blue on Blue: A Love Story. Johnson, Exhilirating Couple Therapy: Singing to My Soul–Holding Steady to My Science–Filling Up My Heart. Kornfield, The Bodhisattva: Tending the World. Korngold, Herman's Wager. Kottler, Love Is a Four-Letter Word in Therapy. Mazza, The Journey of a Lifetime: or, the Adventures of Being a Therapist. Meichenbaum, At My Mother's Kitchen Table: Who Are We, But the Stories We Tell? Neimeyer, The Poetics of Practice: Becoming "Well Versed" in Loss and Grief. Dass, Gawain, Natural Compassion. Ritterman, The Tao of a Woman. Robles, Creating Paths with Heart. Schlanger, Get Off Your High Horse: Reflections of a Problems Solver in Palo Alto. Short, Finding Humanity in Darkness. Soo-Hoo, In Seart of the Spirit: A Therapist's Journey. White, Conscious Purpose and Commitment Exercise. Hoyt, Themes and Lessons: The Invitation Revisited.
Michael F. Hoyt, Ph.D. (Yale ’76) is a senior staff psychologist at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, California. He is an expert clinician, an internationally respected teacher and lecturer, a well-known author and editor, and a recipient of the prestigious APF Cummings Psyche Prize for lifetime contributions to the primary role of
psychologists in organized healthcare.
"This book made me laugh, cry, and feel inspired. In short, it is packed with spiritual, emotional, and human truths, and it taught me new perspectives. Even though the stories are difficult to arrange into a cohesive whole with so many voices of different writers, Hoyt has succeeded. I not only recommend this book but I feel like a missionary to get others to appreciate its timeless message." – John D. Lentz D. Min., Shepherdsville, KY
“Therapist Stories of Inspiration, Passion and Renewal: What’s Love Got to Do with It? is a treasure trove of wisdom and experience. Each chapter is a gem, written by some of the century’s leading clinicians. Treat yourself. You and your clients will be grateful.” - Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., Director of the International Center for Excellence, co-author of The Heroic Client and co-editor of The Heart and Soul of Change
“A wonderful book filled with charm, wisdom, and inspiration.” - Bill O’Hanlon, author of The Change Your Life Book and Do One Thing Different and featured guest on Oprah