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The Fear of Doing Nothing
Notes of a Young Therapist
Valery Hazanov
ISBN: 9781912573059
Book (Paperback)
Sphinx Books
5 x 8
224 pages
July 1, 2019

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The Fear of Doing Nothing is a critique of psychotherapy through the lens of a young practitioner training in the field. Hazanov recounts the stories of the most moving, challenging, and memorable patients he worked with during his 6 years of training. This book follows him from the beginning of his training, at the peak of his doubt and skepticism, to its end, where he finally starts to believe in psychotherapy.

This is a book for an intelligent and skeptical reader who is not convinced that psychotherapy is a worthwhile endeavor and questions its usefulness and merit. In the book, the author attempts to understand what can and cannot be achieved in psychotherapy and reflects on its place today.


Valery Hazanov was born in Russia and raised in Israel. He graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a BA in psychology and the humanities and received a PhD in clinical psychology from Columbia University. He is the winner of the White Institute Psychotherapy Case Presentation Award for his paper “The Fear of Doing Nothing,” which served as inspiration for this book. He currently lives in Tel Aviv and works as a psychotherapist with international students at Tel-Aviv University.
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