Letters to a Young Therapist

Letters to a Young Therapist

by Mary Pipher

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From "one of America's best-known psychologists" (Chicago Tribune) and the bestselling author of Women Rowing North and Reviving Ophelia, an essential and inspiring book for therapists and anyone seeking to live a good life
Mary Pipher's groundbreaking investigation of America's "girl-poisoning culture," Reviving Ophelia, established its author as one of the nation's foremost authorities on family issues. In Letters to a Young Therapist, Pipher shares what she has learned in thirty years of clinical practice, helping warring families, alienated adolescents, and harried professionals restore peace and beauty to their lives. Through an exhilarating mix of storytelling and sharp-eyed observation, Pipher reveals her refreshingly inventive approach to therapy-fiercely optimistic, free of dogma or psychobabble, and laced with generous warmth and practical common sense. Whether she's recommending daily swims for a sluggish teenager, encouraging a timid husband to become bolder, or simply bearing witness to a bereaved parent's sorrow, Pipher's compassion and insight shine from every page.
With a preface by the author addressing recent changes in therapy and the surprising challenges of the digital age, Letters to a Young Therapist is a powerfully engaging guide to living a healthy life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465098958
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 571,310
File size: 877 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Mary Pipher is the author of numerous books, including the bestsellers Women Rowing North, The Shelter of Each Other, Another Country, and the landmark Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, which spent 154 weeks of the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into nineteen languages. Pipher has traveled all over the world lecturing to students, health-care professionals, and community groups. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface to the 2016 Edition xiii

Introduction xxiii

Part I Winter

Breadcrumbs 3

Virtues 11

Mother Nature Delivers 19

Family Bashing 25

Deepening Therapy 33

Connecting the Dots 41

Part II Spring

Pain 51

Happiness 57

Metaphor 63

Endurance 69

Self-Care 73

Medication 79

Dating 85

Part III Summer

Marriage 95

Helping Ophelia's Family 103

Intentionality 113

Emotional Weather 119

Swimming 123

Danger 127

Therapy and Writing 133

Part IV Fall

Ethics 141

Story Doctors 147

Resistance 153

Failures 159

Healing Solutions from All Over the World 165

Yearning 169

Things Are Becoming Something Else 175

About the Author 181

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Letters to a Young Therapist 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Pipher's 'Reviving Ophelia', so when I saw 'Letters to a Young Therapist' at my college bookstore, I immediatly checked it out at the local library. The book is just amazing. The case studies are so interesting, but they are presented in a down-to-earth way. There is no psychological lingo. The whole book is in the form of letters written to Pipher's favorite graduate student. The quotes that Pipher uses are outstanding.
Lilac_Lily01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was like getting life advice from your personal therapist. Mary Pipher doesn't only explain what it takes to become a great therapist but she also shares the lessons she has learned from her many years of being a therapist herself. I truly enjoyed her conversational tone and the letter layout of the book. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was assigned to read this for my Counseling Theory class in college. This is an easy read, so teens can also read this if they are interested. Pipher is a true artist with storytelling and makes her advice/ideas connect to the reader. She gives a variety of ideas concerning the harms of media, the healing of nature and disconnecting from our busy lives, ethics, how to handle all types of clients,etc. While providing advice, she does this with examples in her storytelling and since this is a book of compiled letters to a dear student ofhers, she relates topics to her life, the student's life, and current events. She helped me feel more assured in my career choice and I feel as if the book caters to being my personal mentor. I feel more equipped in preparation for counseling others. Pipher has become a mentor to me and has since became one of my favorite psychologists and authors. She has a Facebook page- like her page. I left her a comment about how she has impacted my career choice and she messaged back! She is very sweet. With this book, I felt as though I was talking to an old friend.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A highlight in my life was meeting Mary Pipher at a lecture in Pasadena several years ago. She spoke the simple truth of how our society has turned into a 'hotel society' (where the doors go slam-click, and no one ventures outside to meet their neighbors anymore) instead of the 'communtiy society' that she grew up with in the 50's, where directions were given by whose farm you drove by, etc. and your neighbors would report to your parents if they knew you were misbehaving. There was a sense of a 'village' that cared about their youth. I can tell you that this lady is 100% authentic, full of love and optimism in the human race. There is something about being around her, or reading her books, that engenders acceptance, grace, and a certain warmth, and that extends to all people she meets. She inspires us to try living in a more connected way with others. Reading this book underscores our complexity as humans, the need for acceptance of our human foibles, and that most are truly doing the best we can, in a society that never slows down. Please read this book to restore your faith in the goodness in people, and the healing which occurs in relationship to others, never in a vacuum.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not only fabulously written, but it is a beautiful web of stories offering hope and inspiration, tears and giggles and a guide-to-life. Pipher is an incredible woman. By honestly and wholeheartedly opening herself and revealing her vulnerabilities she helps many people. In this book she offers those widsoms to a young student whom she mentors. This book should be required reading for life on earth - it reminded me to smell flowers, enjoy birds flying overhead, give a hug and not be afraid to be honest, think of my own needs and to be open to change, love and life. All this is the basis for her being able to help others.