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A searingly honest and highly personal account of the working life of a psychotherapist from Professor Brett Kahr.
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Counselling, Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Theory, Psychotherapy
How do you develop a truly rich and rewarding career in psychotherapy? How can you find joy in such painful work? How do you develop your skills in the field? How can you conquer your creative inhibitions? In short, how do you flourish as a psychotherapist?
Brett Kahr answers these questions, and so many more, in his brilliant new book, painting a frank portrait of the life of the psychotherapist.
Taking the reader through the life cycle of the therapist, Brett offers lots of practical advice, from assessing one’s suitability for the career, to managing one’s finances, to preparing for death. His clear voice and style shine through in this authentic, readable narrative. Professor Kahr has produced a must-read, gripping account of how you can thrive in every respect in this complex and rewarding career.
How to Flourish as a Psychotherapist should be required reading for every therapist, anyone considering taking up the career, and everyone who has ever wondered what kind of person becomes a therapist. This is a truly original work that should become compulsory reading by all in the field.
Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession for over forty years. A clinical registrant of both the British Psychoanalytic Council and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, he is Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London and, also, Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health at Regent’s University London.
Over the decades, Kahr has worked in the National Health Service and in private practice in Central London with both individuals and couples. He is currently Consultant Psychotherapist to The Balint Consultancy and, additionally, Consultant in Psychology at The Bowlby Centre. He also serves as Chair of the Scholars Committee of the British Psychoanalytic Council, as well as Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health.
Professor Kahr is the Honorary Director of Research at Freud Museum London and, also, an Honorary Fellow of the museum. Over many years, he has enjoyed the privilege of a long-standing relationship with this institution, having served as Deputy Director of the International Campaign for the Freud Museum from 1986–1987 and, more recently, as Trustee of both Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications from 2011–2020.
In addition to his clinical practice, Kahr has collaborated with the media in order to promote mental health knowledge. Formerly Resident Psychotherapist on BBC2, broadcasting about mental health issues to millions of listeners, he has appeared on over one thousand radio and television programmes. In recognition of his work in this field, he has become Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy recently awarded him an Honorary Fellowship for his contributions to public service.
Professor Kahr is the author of sixteen books and series editor of more than seventy-five additional titles on a wide range of subjects.
His solo-authored books cover a range of topics, including clinical investigations of extreme psychopathology and forensic mental health, such as his titles Bombs in the Consulting Room: Surviving Psychological Shrapnel and Dangerous Lunatics: Trauma, Criminality, and Forensic Psychotherapy. He has also written on Sex and the Psyche – a Waterstone’s Non-Fiction Bestseller and a chosen title in the Sunday Times Book Club – based on his study of the traumatic, unconscious roots of over 20,000 adult sexual fantasies, as well as Celebrity Mad: Why Otherwise Intelligent People Worship Fame. His historically orientated books include the very first biography of Donald Winnicott, entitled D. W. Winnicott: A Biographical Portrait, which received the Gradiva Award for Biography, as well as the popular titles, Life Lessons from Freud, Tea with Winnicott, and Coffee with Freud. Most recently, he has published Freud’s Pandemics: Surviving Global War, Spanish Flu, and the Nazis – the inaugural title in the new “Freud Museum London Series” of history books – exploring not only how Sigmund Freud navigated the tragedies of his own lifetime, but also how he would have handled the Covid-19 pandemic, and what lessons our world leaders might learn from those pioneering psychoanalytical concepts.
Kahr had the pleasure of working closely with Kate Pearce and Fernando Marques during their early careers at the old Karnac Books and is now delighted to have published his book How to Flourish as a Psychotherapist with Phoenix Publishing House.
In addition to his writing of books, Kahr also serves as Consulting Editor to The International Journal of Forensic Psychotherapy and, also, as Consultant Historian to the journal Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, as well as Consultant to the Board of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, the journal of Tavistock Relationships.
Survival may not be enough
Building a Secure Base
A Noble, Complicated Passion
Mouthwash for the Mind
Zyklon B Gas in the Consulting Room
Friends with Oesophageal Cancer and Vascular Dementia
Assessing One’s Own Sanity
The Perfect Candidate
Can We Afford to Train?
On Marrying a Library
Curling Up with Sigmund Freud
My Three Favourite Reading Rooms
The Joys and Pitfalls of Training
A Child in a Sweet Shop
Exhausted, Frazzled, and Scrutinised
Legitimate at Last
Cultivating Brilliant Mentors
Dis-identifying from Disappointing Tutors
A Most Inspiring Lecturer from Mendoza
A Great Teacher Under Whom I Never Studied
The Art of Prospering
Training Never Ends
How to Be a Medieval Monk
Swimming in Organisations
The Art of Advertising
My Last 500 Patients
Answering the Telephone
Under-Charging and Over-Charging
Financial Planning for the Future
The Promotion of Expertise
Flagrant Exhibitionism or Neurotic Inhibitionism?
Generativity versus Stagnation
On Stage at the Royal Opera House
Patients as Persecutors and as Privileges
The Prevention of Burn-Out
Hate in the Countertransference
Delightful, Honourable People
Thriving Beyond the Consulting Room
Nourishing Fledgling Colleagues
Enlivening the Classroom
On Being a Clinical Supervisor
A Little Drink After Work
My Very First Paper
The Length of the Applause
Addressing the United Nations
Daring to Research
The Humiliation of Edward Glover
A Search for the Traumatic Origins of Psychosis
Sexual Fantasies at the Dinner Table
Writing Articles and Books
The Agony of 300 Words and the Ease of 300,000
Publishing as a Relational Experience
“Not Another Book on Projective Identification”
Freud Thinks Big
A Bestseller and a Serial Killer
Psychotherapists in Prison and in the Middle East
The Need for Solitude
Beware the Ethics Committee
Choosing the Best Dinner Parties
Winnicott’s Mutterings in Geneva
Thank God I’m Overweight
On Being Provocative
Nurturing the Ageing Spine
The Ultimate Narcissistic Injury
The Ten-Minute Gymnasium
Lounging on the Beach
Conquering Creative Entanglements
Mourning Unfulfilled Dreams
The Maverick in Mental Health
Preparing for Death
The Appointment of Clinical Executors
How to Retire Properly
On the Shaping of a Legacy
My Parting Thoughts
About the author
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