• On Being a Therapist

  • By: Jeffrey A. Kottler
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 30-01-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (101 ratings)


An updated revision of Jeffrey Kottler's classic book On Being a Therapist reveals the new realities and inner experiences of therapeutic practice today.
©2010 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2012 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Marie on 17-02-13

Well Worth it

As a counsellor I really liked this. It really gets behind what it's like to be a counsellor. Very honest. He validates what counsellors might be thinking but not saying. Very comprehensive expose. I learned a lot. I could identify with it. Kottler seems very professional and he shares a lot of interviews he has done with famous theorists and therapists. He deals with the self awareness we need to be effective. He also deals with ethics, impairment and burnout. Excellent

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4 out of 5 stars
By Alan on 23-03-14

Analysing that...

What did you like most about On Being a Therapist?

A fascinating insight into the world of the talking therapies. The author makes a good case for therapy while at the same time exposing its foibles, inadequacies and is always shining a bright light on the sheer fogginess of the profession. The author isn't afraid to discuss his doubt and whether he knows what he is doing at all. As he says, imagine how you'd feel if a surgeon expressed the same doubt prior to carrying out you heart bypass.

What was one of the most memorable moments of On Being a Therapist?

I was moved by the author's efforts to start a charity in Nepal to help children who would otherwise be sold into the sex trade. Showing that while therapy has a place in trying to "cure" individual ills, other actions are required to repair societal problems.

Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favourite?

A whole host of therapists (good, bad and ugly) make up the considerably tome of anecdotal research.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If you can afford it, it may or not be good to talk...

Any additional comments?

A enjoyable listen, but I was slightly disappointed by the North-America centric survey. It could have been weighted by more referencing to British and European therapists and thinkers. Freud of course is mentioned but there is no place for Lacan. Also, given that the author describes the job of a therapists as a "practical philosophy" it's a shame he never referred to some of the heavyweight thinkers whose writing and thinking gave birth to the pyschoanalitic movement in the first place.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 20-08-12

Excellent Read for Those in the Helping Profession

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely if they work in the helping profession.

What was one of the most memorable moments of On Being a Therapist?

The book is full of hernest and difficult discussions about being a therapist.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't say I had a favorite section. Personally I think I benefited from the discussions on what good therapists have done wrong as well the section on identifying projection and burn out. The author completely humanizes the field of therapy while also paying homage to what we do on a daily basis. I loved everything about this book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I would say this book made me smile with eyes slightly wider open. It made me feel more comfortable with myself in my profession. I am better able to gauge what I do well and what I can work on professionally, after listening to this book. I will probably listen a second time to it in a few months to see if I pick up anything else important. If you are a therapist, social worker, social service professional then this book can probably help you better understand yourself and the field you work in. I also think this book would be helpful to students considering this field of work.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Donald on 18-03-15

More than just a school book...

Though this was a requirement for a class, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Kottler's straightforwardness provided a clearer vision into the world of counseling and what was to be expected. Never have I ever read a textbook that made me think as hard and at times, laugh out loud as this book. The insight that Kottler provides is immeasurable. Reading this book was like talking with the author himself. Whether in school or a professional in the field, this is a definite must read. I look forward to reading more from this professional. The narration, provided by Rob Shapiro, added so much humanism to the text. I both read and listened to this book and both versions provided a plethora of information and insight...

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