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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press Ltd (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906373655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906373658
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin is a writer and therapist living on the edge of the southern Pennines with his second wife, Kim.

For over 20 years he trained Relate counsellors and still holds a small private practice working with adult individuals and couples experiencing personal and relationship difficulties.

His works of fiction include the novella, FIFTY-MINUTE HOUR (in the 2008 Legend Press collection, 'Eight Hours.') It is the intimate and moving story of a 30-something police officer dragged along to Relate by his female partner in a last desperate attempt to save their ailing relationship. In 2009, his debut novel, LISTENING IN: A Novel of Therapy and Real Life, was published by Accent Press. It is a powerful exploration of the interface between our personal and professional lives and the cost of a life spent 'listening in.'

Kevin has written the monthly 'In Practice' column for THERAPY TODAY (The journal of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and has had articles published on men and relationships, and on the fascinating and discomforting parallels between psychotherapy and prostitution.

He has written for Relate an eight episode screenplay of 'THE McINTYRE FAMILY' a fictional mini-drama series performed by the Hull Truck Theatre Company ~ which can be viewed online http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcJHBheh_pM&list=PLFA7888FAD4183F5D

Kevin's other passions include holidaying in Ireland and rural Spain, walking 'Brillo', the occasional evening of 7-Card Stud poker with the 'boys' and supporting his beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers ~ the former enriches soul more than wallet, and the latter usually end in tears.

His favourite writers include Howard Jacobson and AA Gill.

Kevin can be contacted by email: kevinchandler101@gmail.com

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A cleverly ironic tale of love, betrayal and self-deception. A compelling read. --Zelda West-Meads, Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Kevin Chandler is a private therapist, specialising in relationship, marital, and sexual therapy, based in Yorkshire. He has trained many Relate counsellors during his career. He has written many short stories. Listening In is his first novel.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Davison on 1 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
'Listening In' is a novel that made me feel I was doing just that: listening in on the fascinating world of therapy/counselling, and on the lives and thoughts of Patrick and the other characters. I found it to be not only a compelling read but full of insights and issues that made me think. It is a book that lingers for being both thought-provoking and entertaining.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lorelie on 27 April 2009
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I read an article that Kevin Chandler had written in April's edition of Therapy Today it was absorbing and well written piece so I bought 'Listening In'. I did not put it down until I had finished it. As a counsellor the story pushed a few buttons for me and I know I will be reading it again soon. I hope Mr Chandler has more books to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Dawson on 21 Jun 2009
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This is a well-written and intriguing novel which allows the reader to "listen in" to a host of believable characters and their problems. It opens the door to the therapy room and provides a valuable insight into the world of the therapist. The book is written from a refreshing perspective which reveals that in the minefield of human relationships, the experts do not always equip themselves with sufficient body armour to withstand the shells and are as likely to be maimed as the rest of us. A thoroughly absorbing read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Warden on 21 Jun 2009
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An intriguing and interesting first novel which gives an insight into the world of therapy. The author captures the humanity of the characters which leads you to become engrossed in their lives and problems. The novel is difficult to categorise but is a thoroughly enjoyable read and provides an interesting slant on how the experts can be as flawed as the rest of us. Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Fielder on 5 Jan 2010
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A great read for anyone remotely intrigued by what the world of a counsellor is like outside the therapy room as well as inside it.

The interaction between professional and private worlds are explored in a thoroughly believable way. All the characters are very human and so both flawed and gifted, but it is the way the main protagonist engages with his difficulties as they unfold that kept me glued to this book.

Also an insightful view into some of the challenges faced by male counsellors in an area of work seemingly dominated by females. The counsellor in this book is aware of the potential for erotic attraction between himself and his clients (not that that is limited to male counsellors) and how that threatens ethical boundaries. He also explores his wife being the main breadwinner and the impact on his relationships.

A key theme is how fostering genuine, intimate and non-judgemental relationships in one's professional life affects one's private relationships and indeed one's self relationship. Also considered are the parallels between the talking therapies and the world of prostitution. Where in both cases a deeply intimate one to one service is provided in private, for money and high levels of confidentiality are necessary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Soft hands on 31 May 2011
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A delightful, page-turner of a story, no psycho-babble, yet with a profound understanding of the work, beautifully puncturing the idealised view of the therapist. Compassionate, well written, insightful & fun. I may not work in exactly the same way, but I respect the way of working described and it gave me food for thought. Whilst never mentioned explicitly, it highlights the importance of firm boundary management.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on 25 April 2014
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I bought this book assuming it was more of a study type. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm on the brink of starting my level four or maybe the foundation degree in counselling - and this book really brought a new light onto the subject. Loved it !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on 17 April 2014
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To read about a person who is tearing himself down to build up his true understanding of himself has been absorbing fascinating, and moving, definitely recommend.
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