...I believe that all psychotherapists would benefit from this book, regardless of level of experience. Graduate students would benefit as well because it is never too early to learn from the mistakes of others. The authors and contributors are more than credible authorities in the field. They are the experts, the movers and shakers in the field of psychotherapy research and practice...The book is simply delightful. The contributors, well-known experts in the field, are very candid and it is obvious that they have reflected on and learned from their mistakes. It is very readable and enjoyable. I found myself not being able to put it down. It is a book that you can easily learn from and I believe it should be required reading for courses in psychotherapy. -- Doody Review, January 2003
This book is a must read for students of therapy of all ages and persuasions - a casebook of how to fall in your face and get up knowing more than before the fall -- David E. Scharff, M.D., International Institute of Object Relations Therapy and co-author of Object Relations Individual Therapy
With astounding candor and with a great deal of humility, twenty-two of the world's master therapists reveal their worst mistakes and failures, and guess what? They are the same ones all of us make. Every psychotherapist will learn from these revelations and will be more empowered to be more confident and humble. You must read this book; you and your clients will greatly benefit -- Nicholas A. Cummings, Ph.D., Sc.D., Former President of the American Psychological Association, author of 23 books including, Focused Psychotherapy: A Casebook of Brief, Intermittent Psychotherapy Throughout the Life Cycle
This book is a comfort to those of us who practice the "impossible art" of psychotherapy, because it shows how to admit mistakes, study why we made them, and become better therapists in the process. These cases are worth several graduate courses in psychotherapy |o William J. Doherty, Ph.D., Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota, and author of Soul Searching: Why Psychotherapy Must Promote Moral Responsibility Jeffrey Kottler and Jon Carlson beautifully guide several outstanding therapists to be exceptionally candid about some of their worst cases. Not only will this book be very helpful to other practicing therapists, but also to general readers... A forthright and unusually valuable book! -- Albert Ellis, Ph.D., President, Albert Ellis Institute, New York City and the author of A Guide to Rational Living
Do therapists always have the answers? Perhaps not. Bad Therapy offers a rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of the profession's most famous authors, thinkers, and leaders when things aren't going so well.
Instead of simply showing the rather effortless and constant success of renowned practitioners- an impression that can be left by typical books, videos and workshops- Bad Therapy reveals, with shocking honesty, their worst mistakes.
Jeffrey Kottler and Jon Carlson, who include their own therapy mishaps, interview twenty of the world's most famous practitioners who discuss their mistakes, misjudgments, and miscalculations on working with clients. Told through narratives, the failures are related with candor to expose the human side of leading therapists. Each therapist shares their regrets, what they learned from the experience, what others can learn from their mistakes and the benefits of speaking openly about bad therapy.
Preface. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Parameters of Bad Therapy. J.A. Kottler,
The Thing Is. J. Carlson,
Stories Without Endings. P. Papp,
A Public Humiliation. A.A. Lazarus,
A Huge Dose of Humility. V. Oaklander,
If I Learned Something, Then I Can Forgive Myself. R. Schwartz,
The Critical Parts of Me. W. Glasser,
I Can't Wait Until You Leave. S. Lankton,
Speaking the Client's Language. F. Shapiro,
I Need to Have Safeguards in Place. R. Corsini,
Don't Get Stuck With One Approach. J. Gray,
Being in Bad Therapy. F. Pittman,
I Take a Lot of Risks. S. Gladding,
I Zigged When I Should Have Zagged. S. M. Johnson,
I Felt Quite Helpless. P. Love,
Listening to My Inner Voice. A. Freeman,
We're Not as Smart as We Think We Are. J. Norcross,
50 Minutes of Pure Hostility. L. Sperry,
Letting Things Get Personal. S.D. Miller,
I Should Have Known Better. M.F. Hoyt,
I Was Blind at the Time. R. Stuart,
I Expect Too Much. M. Weiner-Davis,
Struck by a Bolt of Lightning - Again! Some Common Themes and Lessons Learned. References.