ByMichael Richfieldon January 28, 2016
A rare and sensitively written book that is both personal and scholarly. Shapiro succeeds in a highly original manner of ‘walking the talk.’ In particular, he writes in a manner that is both congruent with his theoretical perspective and yet takes his readers along in a ‘road less taken’ that led to his becoming a wise elder in the psychotherapeutic domain. His book represents a highly successful coupling of existential thinking and a down-to-earth, pragmatic approach to treatment while opening the reader’s mind to a wealth of clinical insight and life-long wisdom. Writing in an authentic, accessible, and cogent manner, Shapiro demonstrates how living life in an existential way informs his praxis as a clinician working across a wide swath of client populations. Ever mindful of the context that includes gender and culture, Pragmatic Existential Counseling and Psychotherapy is a tour de force presenting a brilliant and talented clinician’s hard won understandings and insights about counseling, psychotherapy, and living fully. I enthusiastically recommend this book for beginning and experienced clinicians as well as any 21st Century student of existentialism.
ByDr. Edon January 27, 2016
Colleagues ask me all the time to review their books. While I am always honored,
I never do so. I am making an exception. Dr. Jerrold Shapiro's Pragmatic Existential
Counseling and Psychotherapy is a superb book. Its portrayal of existential psychotherapy is lucid and accessible. That is reason enough to read this book. But the best parts of all are Dr. Shapiro's personal stories and the line by line depictions of his therapeutic interactions with his patients. This is really an outstanding professional memoir of a gifted clinician.
As a reader, you get to see very closely what he is thinking and feeling, what he does,
and how he does it. It's a fun read, an enlightening read, and an inspiring one. If you read only one book about psychotherapy this year, this is the one. Enjoy!
ByIan C Fischeron January 19, 2016
As usual, Dr. Shapiro has produced an outstanding piece of writing. This intimate and engaging book provides a window into the mind of a brilliant and insightful researcher and clinician, affording one a front-row seat to some of the most touching moments of therapy. Thorough, encyclopedic, and refreshingly honest, "Pragmatic Existential Counseling and Psychotherapy" clearly and confidently maps out an effective approach to existential psychotherapy. Dr. Shapiro provides illuminating case studies, and makes sure to bookend complex philosophical ideas with easy-to-understand explanations and interpretations. This book is essential reading for all of those who hope to making counseling their profession, and for all those who hope to get the most out of life.
Dr. Shapiro stands on the shoulders of giants, elucidating and expanding upon the ideas of Viktor Frankl and Rollo May. But he also stands alone, earning his spot as one of the most influential and prolific existential thinkers alive today. This book is monumental and should not be missed.