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The Works of Jacques Lacan: An Introduction

: Benvenuto, Bice and Kennedy, Roger

The first and still the most comprehensive introduction to the works of the French psychoanalyst and thinker by Roger Kennedy and Bice Benvenuto. For the first time in one book a clear account is given of Lacan’s complex and stimulating thought, explaining its relevance both inside and outside psychoanalysis. Read more…

Acting-In: Practical Applications of Psychodramatic Methods

: Blatner, Adam

Acting-In is one of the major introductory texts in the field of psychodrama and a significant resource for psychotherapists and others who use role playing or action techniques in their work. Adam Blatner’s Third Edition has been significantly revised to encompass the tremendous expansion of the use of psychodrama internationally and a corresponding development of theory and integration of the method with analytic and other approaches. Foreword by J.L Moreno. Read more…

Through the Night

: Daws, Dilys

Through the Night describes pioneering work in the baby clinic of a General Practice by Dilys Daws, a child psychotherapist from the Tavistock Clinic. Sleep problems can tear a family apart. Since it was first published in 1989, Through the Night has been helping parents to understand their sleepless infants – and themselves. Dilys Daws listens to the ‘cries’ of the family as a whole. Her approach – based on meeting the parents and baby together a few times – is proving to be of great practical help to parents. Through the Night was the first book on the technique of parent-infant psychotherapy to be published in the UK. Read more…

The Practice of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy

: Ellis, Albert Dryden, Windy

This new edition modernises the pioneering theories of Albert Ellis. Making extensive use of actual case examples illustrating different clinical settings, it systematically reviews REBT as a general treatment model and then addresses different treatment modalities, including individual, couple, family, and sex therapy. The new edition with Windy Dryden also contains new material on teaching the principles of unconditional self-acceptance in a structured group setting and a complete updating of references over the past ten years. This volume will appeal to clinical and counselling psychologists as well as any other helping professionals involved in therapy. Read more…

Human Nature

: Winnicott Donald W.

Donald Winnicott’s ideas are scattered through numerous clinical papers and popular expositions. He made only one attempt to write an overview of his ideas, and this is it. As he says in the introduction, ‘I intend to make a statement of human nature which gathers together the various types of experience which have been mine. Read more…

Hypnotherapy: A Practical Handbook

: Karle, Hellmut W. A. Boys, Jennifer H.

Despite the increasing number of books on hypnotherapy, few, if any, provide the basic text required for the early stages of training in the use of such techniques. This book by Hellmut W. A Karle and  Jennifer H Boys, both meets the needs of beginners, and serves as a reference source for the more experienced. All the treatment programmes have been used and are fully illustrated with case studies. The approach is one of ‘How To Do It’ rather than a survey of history and current theories. Aimed at practitioners in a variety of professions – from medicine and surgery to analytic psychotherapy -the book will also interest anyone involved in non-physical methods of alleviating suffering and improving health. Read more…

An Introduction to Object Relations

: Gomez, Lavinia

Object Relations places relationships at the centre of what it is to be human. Its premise is that the human being is essentially social and that our need for others is primary. Object Relations originated as the British-based development of classic Freudian theory. Its early proponents were Melanie Klein, Ronald Fairbairn, Donald Winnicott, Michael Balint, Harry Guntrip and John Bowlby. In this critical introduction to the subject, Lavinia Gomez presents the work of the main theorists chronologically, enabling the reader to gain a sense of how Object Relations develops and the ways in which the theorists build on, diverge from and oppose each other’s ideas. An understanding of concepts emerges gradually as similar phenomena are examined though the eyes of each theorist. A brief biography brings to life the persons behind the theory, contributing to a deeper understanding and critical appreciation of their ideas. The second part of the book addresses the application of Object Relations in the practice of counselling and Psychotherapy; the issue of integrating different approaches; and the challenges of working across social and cultural groups and with borderline and psychotic people. A final chapter examines the foundations of Object Relations. Though written with students of psychotherapy and counselling in mind, this lively and perceptive book will interest anyone wishing to explore this fascinating field. Its strengths lie in its comprehensive coverage, its openness to different theoretical orientations and critical awareness of Object Relations as a culturally specific system of thought. Read more…

Dying to Live

: Midgley, David

David Midgley’s autobiography describes the author’s own Life Script; from childhood failure and humiliation, to recovery, transactional analysis and a career in casework and counselling as a probation officer. Midgley writes about his training to be a psychotherapist, his experience of personal therapy, training workshops, and the trauma of deferment at a Final Exam Board before he eventually qualifies as a clinical transactional analyst. After his early retirement from the Probation Service the author describes how he established a successful private practice. Experiencing conflict between his humanist professional stance, the growing awareness that there is more to the remarkable pattern of his life than mere chance, finally precipitates a crisis and professional burnout. David Midgley’s richly varied life has taken him into military intelligence, probation and prison work, television and radio presenting, preaching and lecturing, counselling and psychotherapy and, finally – after motor neurone disease had robbed him of mobility and the ability to speak coherently – writing. Read more…

R.D. Laing: Contemporary Perspectives

: Raschid, Salman

Salman Raschid’s unique volume aims to re-establish R. D. Laing’s position, and reputation, as the major critic of orthodox, medically-based, psychiatry. Laing’s complex personality enabled powerful figures in the British psychiatric establishment to malign him when he was at the height of his fame, largely because Laing’s ideas, and public posture, posed a formidable threat to their medical authority. As critic as Peter Sedgwick had observed, Laing’s work was capable of considerable further development. He related mainstream psychiatry’s indebtedness to Laing to the fact that no rival approach possessed any dynamic or momentum of comparable power. Additionally Laing’s theories of schizophrenia had been powerfully aided “by the distinguished cultural and philosophical apparatus in which they reposed”. Subsequent events have proved Sedgwick right, and this book is a record of continuing developments (in theory and practice) of the main corpus of Laing’s work, and an adumbration of likely future developments. The disciplines involved cover, or implicate, such distinct areas of intellectual inquiry as psychiatry (including neurobiology), psychotherapy, philosophy and anthropology. Contributors include Luc Ciompi, Loren Mosher and Louis Sass The ongoing work inspired by Laing, represents a potent challenge to exclusively medically based psychiatry – fashionably described as ‘biological psychiatry’. This book aims to re-establish Laing’s work as a continuing source of inspiration for the development of a truly humanistic psychiatry and psychology, whilst providing the basis of a radical and profound critique, of conventional psychiatry, concluding that R. D. Laing’s is one of the major contributors to the theory and practice of psychiatry, worthy of being ranked alongside such other extraordinary pioneers as Emil Kraepelin, Henry Maudsley, Adolf Meyer and Harry Stack Sullivan. Read more…

Hearing Voices: Embodiment and Experience

: Blackman, Lisa

The hearing of voices is generally regarded as a pathological phenomenon – a form of mental illness. This title challenges the assumption in psychiatry and psychology that hearing voices has a pathological basis, and contains information from people who hear voices but who have found traditional clinical approaches unhelpful. Lisa Blackman also provides information on an alternative approach to hearing voices. Read more…