Looking Out the Patient's Window Redux: Self-disclosure and Genuineness

Looking Out the Patient's Window Redux: Self-disclosure and Genuineness

by Irvin Yalom

Yalom is confronted to live up to his ideals of therapist self-disclosure and authenticity. Excerpted from the recently updated version of The Gift of Therapy. Signed copy of book available.
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In my fifteen-minute break—before seeing Nancy, my last patient of the day—I checked my voice mail and listened to a message from a San Francisco radio station. "Dr. Yalom, hope you don't mind but we've decided to change the format of our program tomorrow morning: We've invited another psychiatrist to join us and, instead of an interview, we'll have a three-way discussion. See you tomorrow morning at eight thirty. I assume this is all okay with you."
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From The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients (updated edition) © 2002, 2009 by Irvin D. Yalom. Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.
Irvin YalomPsychiatrist and author Irvin Yalom, MD has been a major figure in the field of psychotherapy since he first wrote The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy in 1970 (now in it's 5th edition). Other significant contributions have included Existential Psychotherapy, and NY Times Bestseller Loves Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy. He has written four novels on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept, Lying on the Couch, The Schopenhauer Cure, and The Spinoza Problem.  His works, translated into over 20 languages, have been widely read by therapists and non-therapists alike. Visit Dr. Yalom's website.

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I liked the entire article ,the therapist being open and honest. Self awareness of the therapist and the way he dealt with his own feelings with out hypocrisy is great!.Its a pleasure reading the articles of Yalom
Kamakshi Sikha, Corporate Trainer,Professional Counsellor and Psychologist
After reading this article, I plan to purchase several of his books to help me launch a private practice. After 35 years of working in public sector, I look forward to doing private practice. Thank you!
Maria Guadiana
I am a self trained psychoanalyst, by reading around 12 of the 27 volume Freudian lectures. Professor Yalom had been a great source of inspiration for me before I embarked on this, I had read one of his books and was very fascinated by it. Like that book his narration really makes me feel good about it. Thanks.
Mathew Cherian
This story is a great one about being real. I am glad you have it here. I have printed it to put in my copy of the first edition
Sharon Mead
I read this book. I’m psychologist from Mexico City. Because of Yalom’s books I have improved my practice as therapists. He is ones of the best teachers I have ever known.
Eduardo M. Guadarama Caudillo
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