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Tales from the Therapy Room Paperback – 13 Jan 2011
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'What I think these stories do particularly well is expose and bring to the fore the therapist's latent world', in terms of the thoughts, feelings, and responses to clients, which so clearly guide the therapist in every moment of the interaction' -
'This is a collection of short stories which cunningly raise a wide range of professional issues relevant to many different models, in an entertaining and thought provoking way. I would highly recommend this book as a refreshing read for experienced counsellors and a very readable adjunct to academic material for students, but all the more as a tool for trainers' -
Meg Harper, Counsellor, writer and teacher
'These engaging, moving, informative, warm and surprising stories convey the key points in counselling and psychotherapy practice. Overall, a beautifully written book that should be a real asset to the counselling and psychotherapy literature.'
Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling
University of Strathclyde
'I've read each of these stories through several times, simply because to do so was a sheer delight. They are written with warmth and humour, and give a valuable insight into the world of therapy.'
University of Wales, Newport
'I honestly thought this was the best book I have come across relating to therapy. I picked up more than I had in course handouts or from the reading list textbooks.'
HNC Counselling & Psychotherapy student
About the Author
Phil Lapworth is a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice near Bath and has written extensively in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
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The concluding section helps 'unwrap' many of the issues raised through wide-ranging and searching questions, inviting the reader to reflect on their own observations and, as perhaps potential counsellors and therapists themselves, to imagine why and how they might have done things differently.
In addition to being excellent source material for discussion by groups of training counselling students, addressing key issues such as appropriate boundaries, self-disclosure and differing theoretical persectives, these stories stand undeniably on their own and for any reader as surprising and delightful duets of the psychotherapeutic relationship, often concluding with a wry and humorous twist, always entertaining and warm-hearted. We look forward to reading more such tales.
I was curious as to what a series of short stories might offer, with Irving Yalom's books and The Kings Speach in mind. To my pleasent surprise Phil Lapworth seems to have invented a new genre of his own. Each story is a little jewel, and I had to keep reminding myself that they were fictional. Some felt like the presentation of clients in a professional peer group, some reminded me of clients of my own, some reminded me of the attitudes and styles of therapists I knew. So I laughed, and was moved by the client's and the therapists stories, and intrigued and surprised by turn.
And under the surface there were, sometimes teasing, questions like: - how sure are you that you understand this client? What will they do outside this hour? What interactions outside the therapy room impact on this person? How will the client use their new insight? So is self disclosure approriate? What does that therapist think he is doing? How would I handle that situation?
I discovered the most useful part at the end - an analysis of the issues involved in each story and a series of supervision-style questions - often on available alternatives and the influence of the therapists values and theoritical stance.
I shall be reading the story of the counselling student, doing the obligatory hours as client, to my students at my next workshop. I wonder what they will make of the questions?
The last chapter, giving an opportunity to practioners to explore how they would have handled the situations laid out in the stories was interesting. I think it will be particularly useful to counsellors and psychotherapists in training, and starting out on the journey of private practice. For myself, I found I wanted to stay with the mystery and the fiction itself, without questions, which felt rather lazy but remained appreciative!
It is a delightful, thoughtful and often funny peek into an imaginary therapy room with imaginary therapist and clients.
This book will appeal both to beginners and advanced psychotherapists. The discussions of each story at the end of the book will be essential reading for students at all levels and provide useful reminders to graduates, even those with years of experience.
Thank you Phil for a very delightful addition to our libraries.
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I came to this book backtracking from its sequel ("Listen Carefully") which I'd bought first. Read morePublished 19 months ago by T. Jaques
Absolutely brilliant and soul-warming book. I'm glad I came across this one and I'm planning to read some more from Phil Lapworth.Published on 19 Feb. 2015 by Sunshine2311
I really enjoyed reading this book. It doesn't faff on with stuff and nonsense, but gets into the story. Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2014 by Amanda
As a non-practising qualified therapist who is also in long term therapy I found this book fascinating and almost voyeuristic. Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2014 by Gillian Cameron
Really enjoy this book. I am a trainee psychotherapist but would recommend it to all readers. This book made me laugh out loud at times. It's like a behind the scenes. Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2013 by Scriptmatrix
This book is in many ways quirky, always original, disarmingly honest and on every page enlightening! Thank you to Phil Lapworth.