The Good Psychologist (Compact Disc)

By Noam Shpancer, William Dufris (Narrated by)

Tantor Media Inc, 9781400149278

Publication Date: August 17, 2010

August 2010 Indie Next List

“This is a quiet, lovely, luminous book, a gentle treasure. The psychologist is treating a stripper afraid to strip, teaching a class where the brightest student is also the most disturbed, and trying to reconcile the needs in his private life. He has loved but perhaps not wisely. His paramour, a fellow psychologist, is married. They have a child the psychologist has never met. As he engages his students and listens to the secrets of the anxiety ridden stripper, he begins to face the hollowness in his own life.”
— Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR
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Noam Shpancer's stunning debut novel opens as a psychologist reluctantly takes on a new client-an exotic dancer whose severe anxiety is keeping her from the stage. The psychologist, a solitary professional who also teaches a lively night class, helps the client confront her fears. But as treatment unfolds, her struggles and secrets begin to radiate onto his life, upsetting the precarious balance in his unresolved relationship with Nina, a married former colleague with whom he has a child-a child he has never met. As the shell of his detachment begins to crack, he suddenly finds himself too deeply involved, the boundary lines between professional and personal, between help and harm, blurring dangerously. With its wonderfully distinctive narrative voice, rich with humor and humanity, The Good Psychologist leads the listener on a journey into the heart of the therapy process and beyond, examining some of the fundamental questions of the soul: to move or be still; to defy or obey; to let go or hold on.

About the Author

Noam Shpancer received his Ph.D. at Purdue University and is currently a professor of psychology at Otterbein College and a licensed practicing clinical psychologist.

William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered tweny-one Earphones Awards from "AudioFile" magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century.

Praise For The Good Psychologist

"Intelligent and (dare one say?) deeply psychologized fiction.... Shpancer strikes a beautiful balance between the analytical and the personal, the tormented subjectivity of the patient and the arduous objectivity of the psychologist." ---Kirkus Starred Review