Mary Pipher''s groundbreaking investigation of America''s
"girl-poisoning culture," Reviving Ophelia, has sold
nearly two million copies and established its author as one of the
nation''s foremost authorities on family issues. In Letters to
a Young Therapist, Dr. Pipher shares what she has learned in
thirty years as a therapist, helping warring families, alienated
adolescents, and harried professionals restore peace and beauty to
their lives. Letters to a Young Therapist gives voice to
her practice with an exhilarating mix of storytelling and
sharp-eyed observation. And while her letters are addressed to an
imagined young therapist, every one of us can take something away
from them. Long before "positive psychology" became a buzzword, Dr.
Pipher practiced a refreshingly inventive therapy--fiercely
optimistic, free of dogma or psychobabble, and laced with generous
warmth and practical common sense. But not until now has this
gifted healer described her unique perspective on how therapy can
help us revitalize our emotional landscape in an increasingly
stressful world. Whether she''s recommending daily swims for a
sluggish teenager, encouraging a timid husband to become bolder, or
simply bearing witness to a bereaved parent''s sorrow, Dr.
Pipher''s compassion and insight shine from every page of this
thoughtful and engaging book.