On Becoming a Psychotherapist

On Becoming a Psychotherapist

By: Windy Dryden (editor), Laurence Spurling (editor)Paperback

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Why do people want to become a psychotherapist? How do they translate this desire into reality? On Becoming a Psychotherapist explores these and related questions. Ten leading therapists write about their profession and their careers, examining how and why they became psychotherapists. The contributors, representing a wide cross-section of their profession, come from both Britain and America, from different theoretical backgrounds, and are at different stages in their careers. They write in a personal and revealing way about their childhoods, families, colleagues, and training. This absorbing and fascinating book offers a fresh perspective on psychotherapy and the people attracted to it. This Classic Edition of the book includes a new introduction written by the authors and will be invaluable for qualified psychotherapists and those in training.

About Author

Windy Dryden is Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London and is an international authority on rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT). He has worked in psychotherapy for over 30 years and is the author and editor of over 200 books. Laurence Spurling is a practising Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in London and a Senior Member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation. He is Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he co-ordinates and teaches on the counselling and psychotherapy training programmes, and is a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist for the East London NHS Mental Health Trust. He has published widely on clinical issues.


Introduction to the Classic Edition. Contributors. Preface. Part 1: Introduction. Gilbert, Hughes and Dryden, The Therapist as a Crucial Variable in Psychotherapy. Part 2: The Contributions. Mahoney and Eiseman, The Object of the Dance. Bloomfield, Through Therapy to Self. Thorne, The Blessing and the Curse of Empathy. Heppner, Chance and Choices in Becoming a Therapist. Karp, Living vs. Survival: A psychotherapist's journey. Strupp, My Career as a Researcher and Psychotherapist. Fransella, A Fight for Freedom. Street, Challenging the `White Knight'. Rowan, A Late Developer. Chaplin, Rhythm and Blues. Part 3: Commentaries. Spurling and Dryden, The Self and the Therapeutic Domain. Norcross and Guy, Ten Therapists: The process of becoming and being. Appendix. Author Index. Subject Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780415703840
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 244
  • ID: 9780415703840
  • weight: 363
  • ISBN10: 0415703840

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