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With over 50,000 copies sold in its first year, Sometimes Therapy Is Awkward provides refreshingly candid insight stories, jokes, and action-based solutions for:

 

  • Coping with excruciating insecurities
  • Finding and owning your theory
  • Improving your clinical skills
  • Navigating the workplace
  • Setting healthy and effective boundaries
  • Managing burnout and fatigue
  • Understanding mental health treatment in the modern world

 

Using introspection and humor, this practical roadmap is ideal for aspiring therapists, new therapists, and any therapist who identifies with feeling afraid or uncomfortable in their work.

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Based on 66 reviews.
Amanda
Amanda
2022-05-05
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Sometimes Therapy Is Awkward: A Collection of Life-Changing Insights for the Modern Clinician: Loved this! Great book for old and new therapists alike. I felt so validated and encouraged while reading it!
Ernie Chino
Ernie Chino
2022-01-08
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Sometimes Therapy Is Awkward: A Collection of Life-Changing Insights for the Modern Clinician: Wanted to like it but couldnt Bought this book and wanted to love it. I’m in a doctoral program and was ready to read some relatable content. It’s definitely an honestly written book, I just didn’t find it relatable like expected. If you’re super anxious and learning therapy you’d probably love it! Not a bad book, just not right for me at this point in time.
Epictetus
Epictetus
2022-01-06
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Sometimes Therapy Is Awkward: A Collection of Life-Changing Insights for the Modern Clinician: Great book This is a really great book I would recommend to anybody considering the profession of therapy.
Sara Creta
Sara Creta
2021-12-03
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Sometimes Therapy Is Awkward: A Collection of Life-Changing Insights for the Modern Clinician: Great therapist gift! Gifted this to my SIL who is a clinical social worker and therapist! Perfect gift for a clinician who likes to read.
Rachel Agnello
Rachel Agnello
2021-11-13
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Sometimes Therapy Is Awkward: A Collection of Life-Changing Insights for the Modern Clinician: Great for new therapists I’m a new therapist and this book was so comforting! It’s a perfect mix of humor, insight, and education. Plus it’s a quick read!
Lisa B
Lisa B
2021-11-13
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Sometimes Therapy Is Awkward: A Collection of Life-Changing Insights for the Modern Clinician: A must read I loved this book! As a seasoned licensed therapist I found myself being reminded of key foundation pieces and enjoyed sharing with my supervisees. I recommend this book to all new clinicians and graduate students.
Shanna Coulter
Shanna Coulter
2021-09-16
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Sometimes Therapy Is Awkward: A Collection of Life-Changing Insights for the Modern Clinician: Not really worth a whole read. I would recommend Yalom’s letter to therapists called The Gift of Therapy over this. Far more insight for a beginning therapist and still an easy read.
Miranda
Miranda
2021-08-09
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Sometimes Therapy Is Awkward: A Collection of Life-Changing Insights for the Modern Clinician: Imposter Syndrome Encouragement The book validated and normalized my fears/experience as a counselor trainee in graduate school. Anytime I need some encouragement, I’ll refer to this book!!
Lamees Aisami
Lamees Aisami
2021-08-07
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Sometimes Therapy Is Awkward: A Collection of Life-Changing Insights for the Modern Clinician: This book is just okay. Honestly, this book was really just okay.The organization was messy, the author was trying too hard in some places and other places definitely needed another round of edits. There were some useful tidbits and it’s clear the author has substantial experience as a therapist and some good advice on that, but nothing revolutionary.
S. Smith
S. Smith
2021-06-15
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Sometimes Therapy Is Awkward: A Collection of Life-Changing Insights for the Modern Clinician: Good got new therapists Great for new therapists just starting

What People Are Saying...

“I wish that I had this book as a resource when I was in graduate school, especially when I was starting practicum. If I could, I would go back in time, gift this book to my past self, and tell grad-school-me that everything is going to be ok!"
Stephanie Grogan
MS, LPC, LCDC, NCC
“This book offers a fresh, light-hearted perspective that gets to the core of the insecurities and anxiety new (and seasoned!) therapists can experience, while also providing tangible, concrete suggestions about how to navigate some of these challenges.”
Nicole DiLella
PhD, LPC
“For any person considering counseling as a profession, this book needs to be on your must read tomorrow, now, and yesterday list. The real world application, and insight is invaluable as the author describes what counseling is like in the modern world.”
Luis Figueroa
Grad Student
“To say the book is excellent would be an understatement. I've been searching for reassurance, for relief, for such a very long time, and you delivered it to me in a way that truly penetrated. Unlike so many other texts I've read related to our field, yours felt like TRUTH, not just knowledge. I've felt so alone, so starved for a deep breath, and as I write this, I feel at peace, like I can breathe a sigh of relief. Like all will be okay.”
Michelle Liva
MA, AMFT
“Many of the other similar books I have read about therapy as a profession have almost seemed like collections of essays, with somewhat philosophical undertones, about how this type of work impacts your life, dotted through with personal anecdotes and bits of advice. To me, this book had a very different tone – it was like reading a “for dummies” version of a therapy handbook. Honestly, it was quite refreshing in this way, and fills a niche that I didn’t know I was looking for. I’m not doing postgrad yet so I’m not sure if this is what supervision is like, but reading this book felt like getting a detailed and down-to-earth supervision session from a knowledgeable and compassionate mentor.”
Kate Western
Aspiring Therapist
“Best book for new therapists ever written!!! Help you understand you are not alone in your feelings and emotions about being a brand new therapist. This has made me feel validated and less alone. Best book I’ve read in years!!”
Sarah C
Amazon Review
“So beautifully and honestly written about the lives we live as therapists. This book not only gives me ease and motivation as a therapist, but also awareness of the challenging work I have ahead of me in order to continue grow as a therapist. And I’m ready for it thanks to this book. EVERY emerging and not new to the field therapist should read this.”
Lauren Bradley
Goodreads Review
“Amazing book! Every Therapist new and old should own a copy.”
Aoife & Krystal
Amazon Review
“I’m in graduate school, and I’m convinced this book needs to be on a reading list for my program. I appreciated the reassurance, insight, and laughs the book provided me with!”
Dani Bookheimer
Goodreads Review
“Excellent read for those struggling along the arduous path to qualified therapist. very relatable and easy to read, written honestly with passion and humour. This book is a rare insight into the struggles and anxieties of training for a career in therapy. It has a very personal feel and you get the sense that the author is speaking directly to you as you read it, something you don’t often see with therapy related literature. Highly recommended for any aspiring therapist, this book won’t make you a better therapist, but it will make understanding yourself that little bit easier, and provide confirmation you’re not alone in your doubts and insecurities. An inspiring read.”
Barnaby Woods
Goodreads Review
“I knew this author had a cult following on social media, but I actually hadn't heard of her until I read this book after hearing a colleague talk about it. Whew! What a breath of fresh air. I felt validated, understood, and challenged. Even though I've been in the field for a long time, it's so nice to read something that isn't just a bunch of clinical jargon. Arzt tells it how it is, but her words are reassuring at the same time. Can't wait to read whatever she writes next!”
Jerihart
Barnes & Noble Review
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