The Heart of Being HelpfulThe Heart of Being Helpful:
Empathy and the Creation of a Healing Presence

by Peter Breggin, M.D.

Paperback published 2006 by Springer Publishing Company


Dr. Breggin illustrates the importance of developing a therapeutic bond, or healing presence, between helping professionals and their clients. He provides useful vignettes, case studies, and personal insights to help beginning and experienced therapists develop more empathy in therapeutic relationships.


"After years of detailing the myths and abuses of biopsychiatry, Peter Breggin comes full circle. With this profound and often poignant work from his own heart, he puts soul back into psychotherapy."
Kevin McCready, Ph.D., Clinical Director, San Joaquin Psychotherapy Center


"Dr. Breggin passionately captures the heart of psychotherapeutic healing. A prolific and provocative writer, his thoughts are powerful, imaginative, inspirational, and wise. Not only would I recommend this book to professional psychotherapists, but also to the lay reader who will learn the meaning and intricacies of living and loving."
Clemmont E. Vontress, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling, George Washington University
Counselor of the Year
American Mental Health Counselor's Association

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