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The Mature Psychotherapist: Beyond Training and Ideology

: Wyn Bramley

Wyn Bramley presents a clinical memoir – which is simultaneously ‘light’ but serious – outlining all that happens (or fails to happen) that is not covered by books or training.    Wyn Bramley has worked in the mental health field for more than 50 years. In this book she invites experienced therapists and counsellors to consider becoming more self-directed practitioners. She advocates a coming together of the various disciplines as opposed to the old factionalism, believing that modern psychodynamic principles and concepts can be assimilated into all modalities. She takes old ideas in this field that have stood the test of time and places them, along with lively case material, in a contemporary context. She also brings us up to date with the latest Relational thinking, which readers may have missed in their training. Her central conviction is that mature therapists should dare to open up their own internal world to the work, so that the therapy is deeper and richer. She describes in plain, accessible language, and with clinical illustrations, how this may be accomplished.   Attention is given to the controversial issue of disorders of personality, the best way to do short term therapy in the NHS, the differences between couple and individual therapy, and how defence mechanisms and the developmental perspective operate in the consulting room of a modern self-reflective practitioner.   Wyn Bramley is semi-retired and runs a small private practice in rural Oxfordshire.  She is the author of The Broad Spectrum Psychotherapist and The Supervisory Couple in Broad Spectrum Psychotherapy, also published by Free Association Books. Read more…

Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back

: Haaken, Janice.

Recovered memory has become a contentious issue in therapy. For some, recovered memories are accurate images of actual events; for others, recovered memories are fictions termed false memory syndrome. This work moves beyond the poles pf “true: and “false” memories to show how women’s stories reveal layers of gendered and ambiguous meanings, spanning a wide historical, cultural, literary and clinical landscape. Janice Haaken provides an alternative reading of clinical material, showing how sexual storytelling traverses the symbolic and the “real” and how the cultural repression of desire remains as problematic for women as does the psychological legacy of trauma. Read more…

Making and Breaking Families

: Curtis, Jill

This work by Jill Curtis looks at the many new combinations which constitute a family at the end of the 20th century. Men and women to whom the author talked describe what happened when their marriage broke, and how their new families emerged, sometimes through great difficulties. The book closes with guidance to the many professionals who might find themselves giving counselling or giving guidance to families as they go through a demanding period of transition. Read more…

Counselling Women in Violent Relationships

: Lockley, Paul.

Violence against women is a serious and very common social problem which, paradoxically, is still under-resourced and little understood. Paul Lockley guides the reader through the reality of such violence and different perceptions of it. This leads to an examination of how the distorting lens of theory can rationalize such abusive behaviour, with the result that helpers can not only fail to be of assistance, but also put women at risk. This is a comprehensive and practical handbook in which the author, letting his clients do the talking, combines a hands-on approach with the application of recent research and established theory. The outcome is not just a call for counsellors to have a grasp of practical needs, an awareness of risks, and an empathy and non-judgmental view of clients. It also calls for a radical review of person-centre counselling wherein the skills, values and understanding are all shaped to take account of the power imbalance in violent relationships. This book should prove invaluable for counsellors, social workers, support workers or befrienders involved or likely to be involved in counselling women in violent relationships. Read more…

My Shyness, My Self: Learn to Live with Shyness

: Manara, Fausta.

Here, the author, Fausta Manara, explores how persistent and unsuccessful suppression of shyness can generate significant pathologies, such as social phobia, and suggests a constructive approach. The author argues that returning to and examining origins of shyness can aid development. The author urges us to abandon the temptation to seek cures for our shyness but to praise shyness as a determined acceptance of one’s own reality. Read more…

Rethinking the Trauma of War

: Bracken, Patrick; Petty, Celia.

This text examines the emerging concerns about the export of trauma experts and counsellors to war-torn areas of the world. Patrick Bracken and Celia Petty observe that in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the world’s major relief agencies changed their approach to the victims of war. The contributors are all professionals who are involved in helping adults and children rebuild their lives after witnessing the destruction of their families and communities. Based on their own experience of working internationally, this book presents an analysis of present, misconceived attempts to give help, but also an agenda for future, more appropriate ways of responding to those affected by wars and conflicts. Read more…

New Directions in Transactional Analysis Counselling

: Midgley, David.

This is a handbook on the theory and practice of transactional analysis, describing its main features and how its principles can be used in the context of different models of counselling. Applied Transactional Analysis deals with personal and relationship issues which are characteristic of the contemporary social scene. Physis, ‘the growth force of nature … which takes the happiness of others into consideration’ was one of the philosophical foundations on which Berne developed TA but it has been neglected until recently. In this book it is restored to its proper place so that the ‘total human being’ is seen in terms of a person’s creative relationships with others and as a member of a living community-organism. An invaluable reference source, David Midgley’s book should be read not only by students of counselling but also experienced counsellors and caseworkers. Of particular value to new counsellors is a substantial thesaurus of techniques, therapeutic interventions and ethical guidance for use in practical work with clients. Read more…

Non-compliance in Winnicott’s Words: Companion to the Writings and Work of D.W. Winnicott

: Newman, Alexander.

Since Winnicott’s death in 1971 there has been an increasing demand for opportunities to study his writings. This book is neither a textbook nor a critical dictionary but it can be used as both. Its main purpose in the fullest sense is to allow the reader to enjoy studying Winnicott’s texts. Alexander Newman’s book is aimed at anyone, or any group who needs an aide memoir for work: a psychotherapist’s and a counsellor’s handbook. Read more…

Single Session Family Staging: Breaking Family Spells

: Zawidowski, Edward.

Family staging is employed primarily to examine the emotional dynamics of families and personal relationships. This book presents a description and guide for the use of this tool by practitioners. This method can be used not only with clients with a history of dysfunctional relationships but also provide useful insight into intact relationships, for example in pre-marriage counseling and for couples still together but in crisis. This book by Edward Zawidowski introduces a radically new way of revealing and demonstrating the underlying reality of a person’s emotional world and will be of interest to all counseling and psychotherapeutic practitioners. Read more…

The Anatomy of Judgement: Investigation into the Processes of Perception and Reasoning

: Abercrombie, M.L.J.

The process of perception – the very having of experience – is fundamentally affected by unconscious processes. This is the conclusion of an elegant and utterly convincing study of the psychodynamics and social context of forming judgements in everyday life, in science and in group processes. The author, M.L.J. Abercrombie  is concerned with the origin and development of judgement, the relation between inner and outer worlds, the selective and interpretative nature of perception and the role of context or total situation. The book is a reminder of the emotional basis of learning. Read more…