Why would someone decide to become a psychotherapist? It is well-known within the field that psychoanalysts and psychotherapists are often drawn to their future professions as a result of early traumatic experiences and being helped by their own psychoanalytic treatment. While dedicating their lives to relieving emotional suffering without being judgmental, they fear compromising their reputations if they publicly acknowledge such suffering in themselves. This phenomenon is nearly universal among those in the helping professions, yet there are few books dedicated to the issue.
In this innovative book, Farber and a distinguished range of contributors examine how the role of the `wounded healer' was instrumental in the formulation of psychoanalysis, and how using their own woundedness can help clinicians work more effectively with their patients, and advance theory in a more informed manner.
Celebrating the Wounded Healer Psychotherapist will be of interest to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, graduate students in clinical disciplines including psychology, social work, ministry/chaplaincy and nursing, as well as the general public.
Sharon Klayman Farber, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, clinical social worker, author, teacher, and independent scholar. She maintains a private practice in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, treating children, adolescents, and adults.
PART 1: THE WOUNDED AND WOUNDING HEALER Introduction 1: Looking for a Psychotherapist 2: The Concept of the Wounded Healer 3: The Psychotherapist's Occupational Hazards 4: The Hero's Journey 5: The Overt and Covert Freud 6: The Wounding Healer Psychotherapist and the Self-wounding Healer PART 2: THE WOUNDED HEALERS SPEAK 7: This Wounded Healer Says Warp up the Loom 8: Feet of Clay 9: Madame Johnson 10: Facing the Demons 11: Silent Broken Memories 12: Open the Curtains and Let in the Light 13: Healing as the Hero's Journey 14: My Hand on her Shoulder 15: The Monsters Inside 16: Wounded Healer, Healing Wounder 17: Wounded Healer/Wounded Earth