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Robert Schreur, LCPC, PhD-Lit

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Recent therapy books I've read and enjoyed

Posted on July 1, 2015 at 4:07 PM
Wilfred Bion,  Attention and Interpretation  (Jason Aronson).  I find Bion very difficult and often inscrutable, but I keep coming back to him.  I admire how honestly he attempts to apply his intellect to understanding the work of being together with a patient in psychotherapy.

William Lindsay Gresham,  Nightmare Alley  (New York Review Books Classics).  Not a book about therapy, and maybe the most misanthropic novel I've ever read.  A pulp classic that Milton Erickson said every therapist should read.  Perhaps because it shows the the dark side of human nature.  It's all about influence and manipulation, things Erickson knew a lot about, and sought to use beneficently.

Leston Havens,  Making Contact: Uses of Language in Psychotherapy  (Harvard University Press).  Brilliant.

Peter Lomas,  Doing Good?: Psychotherapy out of Its Depth  (Oxford University Press). Seriously considers whether and how psychotherapy is an ethical endeavor.  I'd love to use this book in a professional ethics class.

Irvin Yalom,  The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients  (HarperCollins).  Inspiring advice to test oneself against.   A very enjoyable book.  I found myself agreeing with at least 80% of Yalom's views, maybe more, and being challenged by the rest of them.



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