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Is Your School Lying To You? Get The Career You Want, Get The Life You Deserve.

: Edd Williams

  The world is changing. Education is changing, but careers and university advice isn’t, and more than that it hasn’t for the last 30 years. The teachers we are entrusting with our children’s futures lack the essential skills and experience to competently advise them – a view that is also held by employers, Ofsted, The Department for Education, The Sutton Trust, and other think-tanks.   Is Your School Lying to You? Get The Career You Want. Get The Life You Deserve. is the complete, comprehensive ‘how to’ academic and careers guide aimed at every student considering their options. It is for anyone who is struggling with their decisions, those who want some clear advice about what they should be doing and when, or those who know exactly what they want but aren’t sure how to go about it.  In fact, it’s aimed at every student who cares about their future. This book offers real world insights about how to identify what you really want from your life, how to plot your academic journey and its impact on your career prospects, how to write your personal statement or CV, advice from successful people from a variety of industries, best practice for interviews, work experience, internships and a host of other critical skills to help achieve your goals – even if you don’t know what those goals might yet be.       Edd Williams is a successful recruitment consultant and has many years of experience in dealing with industry, speaking to employers, looking at CVs, prepping people for interviews and helping people of all ages access the careers of their choice.  He is also an academic and careers consultant, school governor, parent and regular blogger. Read more…

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…

Win. Lose. Repeat: My Life As A Gambler, From Coin-Pushers to Financial Spread-Betting

: Chris Stringman

Chris Stringman gambled, and lost £130,000, destroying his savings, losing his car and almost his house, but he managed to escape his addiction just before he fell over the precipice.  This is not a book about how to win, rather a book about how not to lose – essentially a self-help book for the delusional gambler.   The author explores the gambling industry in a way that hasn’t been done before.  His personal demon was spread-betting and much of the book is focused on that industry.  He explains how it operates, how it sucks gamblers in and keeps them there.  He goes on to look at high-street bookies, fruit machines, casinos, poker and bingo.  He also looks at how and why we gamble.   Full of humour throughout and written in an accessible style, the book sets out to entertain as well as educate.  Stringman has produced a handbook for both the gambling addict and those who see it as ‘just’ an innocent hobby.  He gives practical guidance on how to escape the clutches of gambling and how to spot the signs in others.   Chris Stringman is originally from England.  He has worked as a teacher and is currently living with his family in Germany. Read more…

Mad To Be Normal

: Robert Mullan

Re-released with a new introduction, and to coincide with a film of the same title (directed by the author), Mad To Be Normal is the memoir R. D. Laing never lived to write.  In the last two years of Laing’s life, he recorded hundreds of hours of conversation with Robert Mullan in which he was determined to be as frank and open as possible, and equally determined to ‘put the record straight’. R. D. Laing wrote a number of books during the 1960s which rocked the foundations of conventional psychiatry and galvanized the imagination of millions of ordinary readers. His views were against the grain of conventional psychiatry – his existential approach to madness was controversial, and his work brought into focus matters of individual liberty and the importance of the social context of ‘illness’. The greatest accusation he suffered was that he idealised mental misery – something he consistently denied. Mad to be Normal presents Laing’s own words, about his work and about his life.  It is the most complete record on Laing, by Laing.  Entertaining, maddening, surprising, impressive, occasionally scurrilous, and evoking a compelling portrait of the heady and sometimes self-regarding mood of the 1960s and early l970s, this books necessitates a reassessment of Laing and his work; work which is part of a lengthier and on-going process concerned with the routine care of those disturbed in mind. Dr Robert Mullan is a film director, writer, and producer.  He is the author of a number of books, including Are Mothers Really Necessary?, Social Workers: The Student’s View, and Moving Pictures: The Making of Letters to Sofija. Read more…

My Mother, My Daughter, My Self

: Jane Goldberg

My Mother, My Daughter, My Self is a significant self-revelatory work which chronicles the separation process between mother and child, focussing most specifically on the mother/daughter relationship.  The book asks a core question for all mothers and adult children: how do we perform the perplexing, sometimes terrifying act of separation from our mothers and our children while simultaneously marching toward the unknown terrain of individuality?  How do we yield to this inevitable process of emotional separation from that which was once our own self?     The author uses her own experiences as a daughter, as a mother of a newly-adopted baby, and as a psychoanalyst to explore an essential truth:  that our relationships with our mothers affect our other significant love relationships, our values, our self-esteem, and our sense of satisfaction, often throughout the whole of our lives.  She also uses the experiences of some of her patients, taken from her forty years as a practicing clinician, to provide further fascinating insights and illustration.   Readers are gifted with both an internal parenting ‘guide’ as well as a deeply profound memoir about the internal process of being a mother that is so crucial, yet rarely looked at so intently.   Jane Goldberg Ph.D is a practicing psychoanalyst and a notable figure in the holistic health community.  She is also an established author and has appeared on radio and television programmes to talk about relationships, mind/body health, and psychological oncology.  In 1994 she was named “Most Admired Woman of the Decade” by the American Biographical Institute.   This wonderful book by Dr. Goldberg is warm, moving and so very true about the relationships of mothers ourselves and our daughters. Who would think a psychoanalyst could write so beautifully and yet clinically about the relationships of mothers and daughters?   Vicki Semel, Ph.D. Read more…

What You’ve Got Is What You Want – Even If It Hurts

: Adam Jukes

Intended for those who are troubled by their lives and want to make changes but don’t know where to begin, this is a book about relationships.  It is not intended as a self-help book, but as one which will encourage the reader to really think about themselves and the way they act – how their behaviour is driven by thoughts, feelings, and impulses of which they may not have any conscious awareness.   Jukes examines his ‘Mad Hypothesis’ – so called because it seems, at first glance, to be ‘mad.’  He has used it successfully in therapeutic work to refer to everything that is wrong in a patient’s relationship and even their life: “You are responsible for everything that is wrong with your relationship including any behaviour of your partner which you use to justify, excuse, or in any other way account for yo own behaviour towards him/her, or the world in general.”   The author draws on his vast clinical experience to explore this fascinating idea and looks at other related issues such as anxiety, sulking, masochism, and attachment.  He also includes many illuminating case-studies which perfectly illustrate his theories and make the text accessible to both clinicians and non-professionals.   Adam Jukes is recognised as one of the world’s leading clinical researchers on men’s abuse of women.  He has published widely in academic journals and teaches on many forensic psychotherapy training programmes.  He is a regular contributor to conferences on men’s violence and abusiveness to women and children. Read more…

Forensic Arts Therapies: Anthology of Practice and Research

: Kate Rothwell (Editor)

The field of forensic arts therapies is dynamic and diverse, and so this unique volume covers a fascinating range of work.  It brings together a collection of presentations given at FATAG conferences, case studies, research, new developments in theory, and explorations in the peculiarities of forensic arts therapies: art, music, drama, and dance.     Therapists work with male and female offenders in detained in prisons or secure health care units, or sometimes with patients involved in probation or counselling services, victim support, and other services and institutions concerned with understanding the causes and effects of crime.   The experiences described are often difficult, but also very rewarding for all involved.  Arts therapy (in any of its forms) regularly has a profound and beneficial effect on the life of an offender.  This thought-provoking and enlightening work gives an insight into how these skilled professionals have been a necessary part of UK forensic services for more than four decades.     The Forensic Arts Therapies Advisory Group (FATAG) is a voluntary organisation which aims to provide support, advice and opportunities for continuing professional development for arts therapists working in forensic or secure settings and trainee arts therapists on clinical placement in forensics.  FATAG provides a safe space to share difficult, complex and, at times, painful work not easily shared amongst a non-forensic audience. Read more…

Fine (Not Fine): Perspectives and Experiences of Postnatal Depression

What happens when a mother says she is ‘fine’ but really she is not?  Post-natal depression (PND), an illness which affects four in ten new mothers, is still stigmatised, and devastatingly misunderstood.   In Fine (not Fine), Bridget Hargreave charts her own experiences of depression following the birth of her sons and records the histories of a collection of mothers with a diverse range of perinatal mental health problems, such as anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and ante-natal depression.  She includes the stories of the mother who was hospitalised with severe depression, the mother who was so anxious she was physically sick every day, the mother whose birth trauma means just hearing the word “midwife” leaves her in a cold sweat, and the mother who bravely and honestly outlines the plans she made to end her own life.   Brought together by a series of interviews with mental health professionals and charities campaigning for changes in perinatal care, Fine (not Fine) tells the story of a hidden epidemic, and the remarkable people fighting it. Read more…

The Analytic Experience

: Symington, Neville

There have been many expositions of psychoanalysis, but none so deeply rooted in clinical practice – both as it affects the patient, and even more as it affects the analyst. Neville Symington lectured to mental health professionals seconded to the Tavistock Centre; this book is the result of these lectures. Read more…

Daseinsanalysis

: Alice Holzhey-Kunz

Daseinsanalysis—the psychiatric and psychotherapeutic school of thought founded by Ludwig Binswanger and Medard Boss in the 1940s—had a huge impact on the development of existential therapies in the English-speaking world. This highly stimulating and lucid book gives a critical overview of the daseinsanalytic concepts of Binswanger and Boss and explains their key differences despite the common reference to Freudian psychoanalysis and the Heideggerian philosophy from which daseinsanalysis took its name. The author gives a systematic account of a new approach to mental suffering based on Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Sartre that never loses sight of Freud’s fundamental insight into the hidden meaning of apparently senseless neurotic symptoms. She goes on to demonstrate that mental suffering is a ‘suffering from our own being’ and the mentally suffering patient is an individual overwhelmed by frightening experiences of the finitude and frailty of the human condition that can neither be suppressed nor tolerated. Finally, the author considers the therapeutic implications of the existential view of mental suffering and concludes that Freud’s three technical rules provide the optimal conditions for understanding and engaging with these baffling existential experiences. Alice Holzhey-Kunz, Ph.D. is a philosopher and daseinsanalytic psychotherapist in Zurich, Switzerland. She is president of the Society for Hermeneutic Anthropology and Daseinsanalysis and co-founder and co-president of the Daseinsanalytic Seminar in Zurich, where she teaches and supervises candidates. She has written three books and many articles on daseinsanalytic theory and on a new approach that combines psychoanalytic and existentialist perspectives. She is the co-editor of the new edition of Ludwig Binswanger’s selected works. ‘There are few truly thought-provoking books—this is one that draws on an extensive knowledge not only of daseinsanalysis but also psychoanalysis and 20th-century philosophy‘. Read more…