Listening in: A Novel of Therapy and Real Life Paperback – 6 Apr 2009
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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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still reading it but thoroughly enjoying the story whilst appreciating the therapeutic insights. I love that Patrick is flawed and has struggled because therapists are human too!!Published 4 months ago by Jules therapist
An interesting story that is well written. It gives an insight into the world of hypnotherapy. I was reminded after a professional life mainly focussed on special needs what made... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mrs. Anne V Steward
I had read The Skeleton Cupboard and enjoyed it, so this seemed like a good idea. I was not enjoying this much, so skipped to the end and cannot now remember a thing about it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gaye Sissons