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Katie’s Bookshelf: The Therapist in the Real World by Kottler

therapistinrealworldThe Therapist in the Real World by Jeffrey Kottler subtitles “What you never learn in graduate school (but really need to know).”  When purchasing the book, it was the subtitle that caught my eye and solidified my decision.  I’ve been out of graduate school for almost 13 years and feel that I have learned a lot more by doing than I ever did in the classroom.  Kottler recognizes in the book that graduate school is limited in what they can teach and impress upon their students.  He hopes that this book fills the gap.

The book is divided into 3 parts: gaps in graduate programs as well as the direction our field is headed, challenges, and professional as well as personal development for mental health clinicians.  There was some comfort for me in reading about the challenges of this profession as well as the positives.  I enjoyed Kottler’s predictions for the future of our profession, especially the movement towards more mind-body treatment.

Kottler discusses storytelling as a useful tool in therapy or presentations.  This part really resonated with me and has caused me to think more about adding stories in sessions and presentations.

He dedicates a chapter to office environments as well as publishing.  Neither of these chapters resonated with me but I understand the decision to include them in this book.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and sharing tidbits with other clinicians I know!

Read this book if and only if:

  • You are a mental health clinician!

Buy it Here

Kottler, J. A. (2015). The therapist in the real world: what you never learn in graduate school (but really need to know). New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Knock Out Stress Tip # 6 – Journaling

journalThe act of journaling or keeping a diary has been used for centuries by various cultures, but did you know that writing daily can reduce stress?  It’s true.  Journaling for only 15-20 minutes each day can reduce stress as well as symptoms of other physical ailments like asthma or rheumatoid arthritis[1].

If you’re intimidated by writing or don’t think you have the time to commit, try these easy steps to get started:

1)      Write when you can, where you can.  Carry a small journal and pen with you in your purse or backpack that you can access whenever you need to write your thoughts or feelings.  If needed, break up the 15-20 minutes of writing into smaller increments throughout the day.   Take advantage of wait times to jot down a few thoughts(and prevent yourself from getting stressed about the wait!).

2)      Keep your journal private.   Although you may wish to share your journal with your therapist if you’re currently visiting one regularly, keep your journal private from everyone else.  This will allow you to be unfiltered and free from worry about what someone else will think of your writing.

3)      Write about stressful events as soon as possible after they happen.  Try to write about the event, person, or situation as soon as it happens.  Be sure to include in your entry not only what happened, but how the situation made you feel[2].

Journaling is one of the cheapest and most effective therapies you can engage in, so take advantage of it today!


[1] Purcell, M. (2006). The Health Benefits of Journaling. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 16, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-health-benefits-of-journaling/000721

[2] Peeke, Pamela.  Reduce Stress by Journaling.  Healthy Women. Retrieved on September 16, 2013, from  http://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/reduce-stress-journaling?page=2