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This review is from: All in the Mind (Paperback)
I read this partly because I'm a counsellor/psychotherapist, partly because I'm a novelist, and partly because a trusty colleague said she'd rather enjoyed it. It is decently written and the idea behind the novel is good: to show the interface between the professional and personal self of a therapist. However, the author's decision to set the narrative within the framework of a single long weekend forfeits the subtle interplay of developing therapist-client relationships and glimpses into the therapist's private life that might have been revealed through a narrative of on-going weekly sessions over a longer time scale (a device executed brilliantly in the MBO series, IN TREATMENT. In Treatment Season 1 (HBO) [DVD] 
As a result there is too much reliance on the telling of old case history material which detracts from the drama that could have been created via the immediacy of here and now sessions. Also, the therapy portrayed amounts to little more than the setting of a few choice homework tasks, the odd challenge and dollops of encouragement. My conclusion: readable, but I wonder if it would have been published were it not for the fame of the author?
Kevin Chandler Listening in: A Novel of Therapy and Real Life