Becoming a Therapist: What Do I Say, and Why? is a collaborative work written by Suzanne Bender and her mentor, Edward Messner, a distinguished senior clinician at Massachusetts General Hospital. The book is designed to show the beginning therapist, through example, how therapy is conducted. A single fictitious case—that of a young female college student struggling with her relationships—is followed throughout the book from initial contact with the therapist to termination. The fictional therapist is generally not idealized and is shown making errors in judgment that would be typical for a young therapist, thus providing the learning points necessary for discussion.