This book could not have come at a better time. In the current ethos of a search for instant solutions, there is the peril that therapists are becoming ‘technique’ oriented. Therapy involves a dynamic interplay of the emotions, thoughts and behaviours of clients and therapists – however the focus is often on clients’ reactions alone. This book is an attempt to redress the balance by urging practitioners to pause in contemplation of themselves and their work.
This book draws on a wealth of literature, personal experience, and thoughtful consideration, to explore aspects of psychotherapy training and practice. It is a gem of a book that explores equally the strengths, the challenges and the paradoxes of therapy. Most mental health practitioners, not just therapists, would benefit from it, and it should be recommended reading for all of them.
Reflective Practice and Professional Development in Psychotherapy offers psychotherapists and counselors of all conceptual approaches, practical aid in the journey to "know themselves." With warmth and wisdom, the authors of this lucid, accessible and comprehensive, clinically rich and deeply scholarly book, provide useful guidance and supportive companionship for therapists at all career stages. A rare international perspective and cultural breadth make this book a unique contribution.
This is the most thoughtful and erudite book yet written on reflective practice for psychotherapists. An absolute gem. That it has emerged from India, where the Buddha gave his teachings on self-reflection to the world, may be no accident. Somehow the authors have created a highly practical and accessible book, full of engaging therapist vignettes, while providing the reader with a sumptuous list of references.
What makes this book a `must-read’ is the introduction of ideas of diversity, intersectionality, marginalization and oppression, and the focus on the role of supervision in providing the scaffolding required for reflective practice. It will serve as a text for trainee counselors as well as a ‘go to' book for experienced psychotherapists seeking to deepen their practice skills.