Who is it that can tell me who I am? Paperback – 26 Mar 2009
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Absolutely brilliant ... I have never read anything like it. This is certainly the best account of what analysis can - and can't - do that I have ever read or ever expect to read. (Kate Kellaway)
Engrossing and poignant (Emma Tennant New Statesman)
Literally life-changing. (Liz Hogart Evening Standard)
Deeply moving and gracefully written. (Catholic Herald)
Disturbingly honest and beautifully written ... literally life-changing. (Liz Hoggard Evening Standard)
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The author has a unique ability to write about her clients with compassion, tenderness and transparency. She clearly has a high regard for the boundaries of therapy, but balances this with her openness and willingness to be human. Essentially she is a very ordinary yet extraordinary therapist. You get the real sense of a real person who has struggled with life and is prepared to utilise her own struggle in the service of others. This book is a classic and will be the inspiration for many clients and therapists to come.
This book offers a robust alterative to the one size fits all model that is currently been pushed by the NHS. I would not only recommend this book to trainee and practicing psychotherapist but also recommend this to anyone with an interest in psychotherapy and indeed any one who is in receipt of psychotherapy As a practicing psychotherapist with some 15 years experience it has inspired me to read more to work differently and most of all to write about the work I do.
It also made her observations on her own patients so much more profound.
From a personal point of view I found a great resonance with her life events and experiences; but I was particulary moved by her recollections. Again, perception is that therapists talk! And of course they do. But this one can really write. Beautifully and with a literary skill that demands the reader read slowly. Not to better the understanding but to enjoy the language and the references. You know you are in the presence of someone special and whose words are worth heeding.
It is also a book that i know I will come back to again and again as each account of her patients hold clues to a lot of my workings.
I got the book on a special day when I started life anew. I could not think of a better gift."
I totally recommend it.
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