Leaving It at the Office

Second Edition
A Guide to Psychotherapist Self-Care

John C. Norcross and Gary R. VandenBos

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Leaving It at the Office is a very well-written, engaging, and thought-provoking book. The authors’ style is conversational, at times humorous, and always compassionate. As experienced psychotherapists and researchers, Norcross and VandenBos are open in sharing their own perspectives and anecdotes from their lives and in acknowledging not just the importance, but also the challenges, of engaging in self-care. Further, they are adept at integrating information from a wide range of sources and presenting it in an accessible, relatable, and encouraging manner. In fact, the book’s title doesn’t seem to do the book justice in terms of reflecting its comprehensiveness, its optimistic focus, and its overall potential for influencing the professional and personal lives of practicing psychotherapists….A book that is appropriate (I might even suggest ‘a must-read’) for practicing psychotherapists from diverse educational backgrounds and theoretical perspectives. This book also has much to offer psychotherapists-in-training and with the increased emphasis on developing self-care skills in graduate education, this could be a very beneficial book to include in the curriculum of graduate programs.”

Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

“True confessions: I needed to read this book. Let me be more inclusive: as psychotherapists, whether seasoned or neophyte, we all need to read this book, or at the very least attend to its vital messages....In addition to finding this book informative and engaging, it was just plain fun to read.”

Psychotherapy (on the first edition)

“The authors seek to make therapist self-care as important and integrated an aspect of the work as writing notes or training, rather than an add-on or reactive piece of crisis management....Most of what is said in this book transcends difference in national custom or local practice. Much of it serves to remind us of what we already know but too easily ignore. And all of it provides sensible advice to help us maintain a professional and personal duty of care.”

Therapy Today (on the first edition)

“A comprehensive, practical, and absorbing guide to therapist self-care....The book itself is an interesting and well-balanced mix of clinical wisdom and clinical research. Importantly, the text is easily accessible and is replete with interesting anecdotes and practical tips to improve one's clinical practice....I recommend it for therapists of any persuasion who are looking to improve the way they practice, for those closer to burnout, or those just starting their training....The book will stimulate reflection on your own clinical practice, challenging you to do things you have been neglecting and give you the confidence to try new techniques.”

Drug and Alcohol Review (on the first edition)

“This self-care book is a delightfully down-to-earth, honest, inspirational, and aspirational guide for psychotherapists' well-being in their professional and personal lives....Self-care is not selfish, but a means to ensure that we are in the best condition to meet our professional duties and sustain healthy personal lives.”

Journal of Trauma and Dissociation (on the first edition)

“This book is a remarkable achievement in therapist self-renewal. It promotes self-care through an impressive synthesis of research literature, clinical wisdom, therapist experience, and personal disclosures. The second edition includes innovative information on mindfulness, self-compassion, and multiculturalism. Additionally, it offers new self-care examples from hundreds of practitioners, including eight master therapists. As a full-time psychotherapist and a clinical professor, I strongly recommend this book to current and future clinicians.”

—Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD, private practice, Washington, DC; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University

“Even better than the already excellent first edition, this second edition offers more specific self-care activities and additional experience-near narratives from master therapists. Few in our field can write as well and integrate theory, research, and practice as seamlessly as John Norcross, now joined in this second edition by the equally prolific Gary VandenBos. Their collaboration has yielded a wonderful, down-to-earth blend of erudition, practical information and strategies, humor, and compassion. This book issues a heartfelt plea to both beginning and experienced therapists to prioritize themselves in order to better care for their patients. We would all do well to listen to these authors' wise words.”

—Barry A. Farber, PhD, Clinical Psychology Program, Teachers College, Columbia University

“This real-world book is a superb contribution for all of us who wish to flourish personally in order to ensure ethical and successful psychotherapy. Enriching narratives, empirical research, survey data, and theoretical literature are woven together, at times humorously. Chapters focus on 13 strategies to inspire, acquire, validate, and maintain personal and professional satisfaction. Each chapter ends with a meaningful checklist and resources for further exploration. Norcross and VandenBos combine their vast knowledge and experience to provide illuminating self-care suggestions based on the premise that the person is the locus of effective psychotherapy. Hazards and challenges are described, but the emphasis is on positive strategies not only to survive, but also to thrive.”

—Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPP, private practice, Austin, Texas; past president, American Psychological Association

“A refreshing read for anyone who is or wants to be a mental health clinician. The authors are master psychotherapists who value relationships. Their sensitivity and sense of humor comes through on each page, whether they are telling you how to take care of yourself or how to say ‘no’ when you cannot do something. Just as good clinicians do for their clients, Norcross and VandenBos don't just talk about therapist self-care, but actually provide tools for doing it. This book is a 'must read' at any stage of your career. I especially recommend it to beginners, even before they put one foot into the psychotherapy room.”

—Lenore E. Walker, EdD, ABPP, College of Psychology (Emeritus), Nova Southeastern University