Dr. Gerald Drose wrote a fictional book about graduate school | PoP Bonus

A photo of Gerald Drose is captured. For more than thirty years, psychologist Dr. Gerald Drose has been helping his clients re-write their personal narratives, recognizing that the stories we tell ourselves limit our ability to love and thrive. Gerald Drose is featured on Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Have you been wanting to read about and reflect on the world of life in graduate school? How does reading material that you can relate to bring you wisdom and joy? Are you in need of some book-writing advice?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Dr. Gerald Drose who wrote a fictional book about graduate school.

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Meet Dr. Gerald Drose

A photo of Dr. Gerald Drose is captured. He is a psychologist and author. Dr. Drose is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapy podcast.

For more than thirty years, psychologist Dr. Gerald Drose has been helping his clients re-write their personal narratives, recognizing that the stories we tell ourselves limit our ability to love and thrive.

Dr. Drose and his wife Dr. Dina Zeckhausen started a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia in 1989 that now includes over thirty practitioners in four locations. In a field that can lead to isolation, burnout, and financial insecurity, Dr. Drose developed a unique business model that encourages collaboration and consultation amongst practitioners.

Dr. Drose is also the author of, Bird Gotta Land: The Education of a Young Psychologist, a novel inspired by his graduate school experience.

Visit Powers Ferry Psychological Associates and connect with Dr. Drose on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

In This Podcast

  • Dr. Drose’s ideas for the book
  • Book-writing advice
  • Lessons you can learn from Bird Gotta Land
  • Dr. Drose’s advice to private practitioners

Dr. Drose’s ideas for the book

The people I met during graduate school seemed like all interesting people to me, and I thought, “well, this would be a great story to write, how someone learns to be a psychotherapist.” (Dr. Gerald Drose)

Dr. Drose had the idea for his book when he was in graduate school.

He was fascinated by education and the space that graduate school and psychotherapy create for learning about people, as well as learning how to care for and help them in life.

15 years after Dr. Drose graduated, he began writing his novel.

When it’s fiction, it’s easier to reveal some of the things that need to be revealed … as a practicing psychologist that was one of my agitations to publishing it because it was personal … but at some point, I released it and said, “it is ready to get out there”. (Dr. Gerald Drose)

Book-writing advice

Avoid editing in the writing phase.

Rather, focus on writing as much as you can before going back to edit everything.

This will save you time and energy, as well as help you to remain creative in the writing process before switching to an analytical mind frame in the editing process at the end.

Lessons you can learn from Bird Gotta Land

When I was thinking of writing it, I was thinking of graduate students and young therapists. Psychology students and psychology graduate students … I thought of [the book] for the therapeutic community. (Dr. Gerald Drose)

Bird Gotta Land is a book for any practitioner in the therapeutic industry and community.

It connects with practicing therapists who are well-established in their careers to young students training to be therapists in graduate school.

They can get behind Dr. Drose’s characters to see what they are thinking, how they approach problems, how therapeutic relationships can change a person, and learn from someone else’s story to prepare them on their journey into the therapy world.

Dr. Drose’s advice to private practitioners

This is an important time to be doing the work that you do. Your connections to people help you to reach a wider audience and find fellow clinicians that inspire you. Value your network and build it well.

Books mentioned in this episode:

BOOK | Dr. Gerald Drose – Bird Gotta Land: The Education of a Young Psychologist

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Meet Joe Sanok

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