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Diary of a Country Therapist - Marcia Hill

Diary of a Country Therapist

Paperback Published: 5th August 2004
ISBN: 9780789021168
Number Of Pages: 272

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Gain remarkable insight about practicing therapy in a rural community
In Diary of a Country Therapist, Dr. Marcia Hill chronicles more than a decade of her thoughts and feelings about practicing therapy in rural Vermont. The author reveals her empathy for her clients, her frustration in money matters, and her anger at the maltreatment of women. This book focuses not on the specifics of her clients' cases, but on the trials, successes, and fulfillment of working in this emotionally challenging profession.
""What a strange line of work this is, where the ability to feel is such a primary tool. Who would think that one's heart could be harnessed and used intentionally as a resource? It's such a paradox. My feeling response is what it is; it cannot be commanded or faked. Yet it is not a matter of giving in to emotion, but one of using feeling purposefully, like a scalpel. It's an experience of simultaneous yielding and restraint. The job of the professional empath is like that of an artist or poet: to take raw experience, direct emotional response, and somehow make it a vehicle for change and enlightenment." "
From liberating breakthroughs to personal anguish, Diary of a Country Therapist is witness to a decade of changes, both in Marcia Hill's practice and in her personal life. With the advent of managed health care, she struggles to give her clients the best care she can. She talks about many of the clients she met over the years--what therapies worked and which didn't, her discomfort when she interacted with her clients in and around her small country town, and the valuable lessons she learned about life from her sessions with them.
""If therapists are exposed to what is most tragic in life, we are also privy to what is most inspiring. We have the benefit of experiencing many lives. If my work has offered me the opportunity to learn wisdom and compassion, my wish is that through these essays I may pass some of that gift along to you.""
Diary of a Country Therapist is the honest scrutiny of a psychotherapist's life from her own heart and soul. While this text will be enlightening for mental health professionals of all kinds, its accessible, jargon-free style makes it an excellent selection for nonprofessionals who want insight into the mind of a practicing therapist.

"What a strange line of work this is, where the ability to feel is such a primary tool. Who would think that one's heart could be harnessed and used intentionally as a resource? It's such a paradox. The job of the professional empath is like that of an artist or poet: to take raw experience, direct emotional response, and somehow make it a vehicle for change and enlightenment."

Introduction
But First, a Word from My Sponsorsp. 3
Welcomep. 5
1989
Putting the Heart to Workp. 9
Let Me Go!p. 11
Professional Lonelinessp. 15
The Gift of Transferencep. 18
The Feminist Gets Nervousp. 20
Be Careful What You Ask Forp. 22
Couragep. 25
Failurep. 27
Feeding the Soulp. 30
Coming Homep. 31
Christmas As a Defense Mechanismp. 33
1990
Faking Itp. 37
The Witness Protection Programp. 39
Visibilityp. 42
Weightlessnessp. 44
Identityp. 45
Heal Thyselfp. 48
Doing It for Freep. 50
Neighborsp. 52
Zen Landscapep. 54
What's It Worth?p. 55
1991
Back to Kindergartenp. 59
The Bright Linep. 61
The Cost of Silencep. 64
Remembering What's Sacredp. 66
Pain Makes the Best Therapistp. 68
Bending the Rulesp. 70
The Politics of Therapyp. 72
Finally Getting the Driftp. 74
1992
Spiritual Winterp. 79
The Feminist Therapist Diagnoses Oppressionp. 81
How Magic Worksp. 83
A Surprisep. 85
Working When It Hurtsp. 87
Ignorancep. 89
The Delicate Balancep. 91
Worth a Thousand Wordsp. 93
Getting Donep. 95
1993
A Known Evilp. 99
Paying the Pricep. 101
One of the Perksp. 103
The Expensive Giftp. 105
Up from the Ashesp. 107
It's for Youp. 109
Pissed Offp. 111
Trusting the Expertsp. 114
Living Outside the Linesp. 116
1994
Nowhere to Hidep. 121
A Slumpp. 123
The Curative Powers of Mayp. 124
Hear What I Do, Not What I Sayp. 125
The War Against Womenp. 128
Soul-Searchingp. 130
Emotional Whiplashp. 133
It Takes Gutsp. 136
1996
Ripped Openp. 141
Managed Care Rears Its Ugly Headp. 142
Life's Vicissitudesp. 144
For Love and Moneyp. 146
Breathp. 149
Transformation or Technicianp. 150
It Takes All the Running You Can Dop. 153
And Now, a Word from Mother Naturep. 155
Turning Gold into Leadp. 156
The Therapist Finally Maturesp. 158
A Punch in the Gutp. 162
Still Hurtingp. 164
1997
Trying to Stay Sanep. 167
God Visits the Therapistp. 169
There but for the Grace of Godp. 171
The Trauma Attackp. 173
Learning Where the Edges Arep. 175
The Knowledge of Deathp. 177
Heroesp. 179
Sucking the Soul out of Therapyp. 181
Ode to Novemberp. 185
No Winners Herep. 186
1998
Panicp. 191
Keeping Perspectivep. 192
Groundedp. 193
The Therapist Lets Gop. 194
Working While Drowningp. 196
Powerlessness and Joyp. 198
Gracep. 201
The Noose Tightensp. 202
The Terror Timep. 205
Darknessp. 207
Hedonism Cures Overresponsibilityp. 209
Slipping the Bounds of Selfp. 211
Becoming Visiblep. 212
1999
The Truth About Sinp. 217
On the Way out the Doorp. 219
Hard Workp. 221
What I've Learnedp. 223
Invitation to Joyp. 226
Honorp. 228
Still Miles to Go Before We Sleepp. 230
The Truth About Relationshipsp. 232
The Lesson Repeatedp. 234
Choicep. 236
Acceptancep. 238
Taking Stockp. 240
Authenticityp. 242
2000
Coming to Termsp. 247
The Existential Momentp. 251
Forgivenessp. 253
What to Do When You Don't Like Itp. 256
Midlifep. 258
Omnipotencep. 259
Searching for the Truthp. 261
The Other Pathp. 264
Conclusion
Counting My Blessingsp. 269
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ISBN: 9780789021168
ISBN-10: 0789021161
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 5th August 2004
Publisher: HAWORTH PR INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 16.05  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1