Leaving It at the Office: A Guide to Psychotherapist Self-Care by John C. Norcross

Leaving It at the Office: A Guide to Psychotherapist Self-Care

John C. Norcross and James D. JR. Guy
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  • ISBN
    9781593854904 / 1593854900
  • Title Leaving It at the Office: A Guide to Psychotherapist Self-Care
  • Author John C. Norcross and James D. JR. Guy
  • Category Psychology
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Year 2007
  • Pages 238
  • Publisher
    Guilford Publications
  • Imprint Guilford Publications
  • Edition
    1st
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 162mm x 23mm x 227mm

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Wise, warm, and authoritative, this straight-talking guide addresses the real-world struggles that psychotherapists face in balancing their professional and personal lives. It demonstrates that recognizing and tending to one's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs not only feels good—it also leads to more effective and ethical practice as a clinician. The book describes and illustrates 12 self-care strategies that are grounded in the authors' extensive research and clinical experience. Interwoven throughout are insights and recommendations from other master therapists, “self-care checklists,” and suggestions for further reading. Lively and engaging, this is an ideal resource for a broad range of professionals and students.

Publisher Description

Wise, warm, and authoritative, this straight-talking guide addresses the real-world struggles that psychotherapists face in balancing their professional and personal lives. It demonstrates that recognizing and tending to your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs not only feels good - it also leads to more effective and ethical practice as a clinician. The book describes and illustrates 12 self-care strategies that are grounded in the authors' extensive research and clinical experience. Interwoven throughout are insights and recommendations from other master therapists, 'self-care checklists,' and suggestions for further reading. The lively and engaging tone will enhance the book's appeal for a wide range of mental health professionals and students.

Review
'A true gem. This book combines an insightful review of relevant research with wisdom derived from decades of clinical experience, in a warm, humorous, and thought - provoking manner. It should be read (and periodically reread!) by all psychotherapists and those in training. Norcross and Guy provide practical suggestions that take psychotherapist self-care, self-awareness, and self-action to a new level.' -" Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, President-Elect, American Psychological Association Division 29 (Psychotherapy) Affiliate Professor, Loyola College in Maryland, USA“ 'This is a special book and one that is needed. Professional impairment is a major problem in all of the mental health professions, and prevention is the key to dealing with burnout. This book contains a wealth of practical information that readers can apply to keep themselves vital, both as persons and professionals. Throughout, the authors interweave key research findings with their own personal and clinical experiences. Every counseling educator and psychology educator could benefit from reading this book and incorporating these topics into their training programs.' - ”Gerald Corey, EdD, Department of Human Services (Emeritus), California State University, Fullerton, USA" 'As psychotherapists, we specialize in caring for others. This thoughtfully crafted book underscores the necessity and value of caring for ourselves. It highlights how meaningful and personally tailored self-care plans can alleviate the stress associated with being psychotherapists and bolster clinical effectiveness. Myriad appealing and effective self-care strategies are offered; the Self-Care Checklists at the end of each chapter are especially useful tools.' “- Nadine Kaslow, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University” 'Work and family stresses constitute significant contributing factors to psychotherapist burnout, professional lapses, and ethical complaints. Norcross and Guy have provided a superb roadmap and guide to prevention of such problems. They provide well-validated strategies and ways of thinking needed to stay on track in a stressful and demanding occupation not usually recognized as such. We could probably cut professional liability insurance rates and ethical complaints significantly, if we could only get all of our colleagues to read and follow this book's wise advice.' -“ Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, School for Health Studies, Simmons College, USA”

Author Biography

John C. Norcross, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Scranton, PA, USA and James D. Guy, Jr., PhD, Headington Institute, Pasadena, CA, USA

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