Why Therapists Choose to Become Therapists: A Practice-Based Enquiry, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Why Therapists Choose to Become Therapists

A Practice-Based Enquiry, 1st Edition

By Sofie Bager-Charleson


184 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781855758261
pub: 2010-09-30
SAVE ~$7.79
Hardback: 9780367106942
pub: 2019-07-05
SAVE ~$29.99
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780429485039
pub: 2018-03-21
from $19.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


Almost two decades ago, the psychoanalyst Sussman concluded that the therapist's motivation for practicing was a neglected area. Is this maybe a question best left alone?

This book revisits the question. The authors support Sussman's rationale for raising the issue in the first place and wonder if much has changed since he referred to it as a 'neglected' area twenty years ago?

This is an inquiry that moves from personal musing to collaborative and systematic inquiry. At the heart of the book lie six separate accounts as told by counsellors and psychotherapists in a reflective writing- and peer support group. Each therapist represent a different modality and all come with very different backgrounds. These accounts are put into context of ongoing literature and viewed with reference to a survey where 238 other therapists provide their perspective on the question. Like in the case of, for instance, Feltham (1999), Rowan & Jacobs (2003) and Val Wosket (1999) 'the therapist's use of self', is a key theme.

About the Author

Sofie Bager-Charleson

About the Series

The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Series

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health