Adults abused as children: experiences of counselling and psychotherapy
This enlightening and informative book brings together the experiences of both clients and therapists who receive and provide help for the effects of childhood abuse. The book consolidates existing knowledge about child abuse and psychotherapeutic approaches to give an integrated account of counselling and therapy as it relates to adults abused as children. Part One examines research in the fields of child abuse and psychotherapy, reviewing historically changing attitudes towards childhood abuse and the consequences of cultural context on approaches to treatment. Part Two reviews the testimonies of the therapeutic process from over 50 clients and therapists, including therapists who were themselves abused as children. These testimonies form a basis for the discussion of specific issues, such as becoming a client, talking about abuse and what happens when things go wrong in therapy. Part Three tackles the controversy surrounding 'recovered memory' and child abuse, and assesses the implications for the future direction of counselling and therapy. Adults Abused as Children offers practical advice that is based on experience and grounded in theory and research. The book will be of great value to trainee and practising counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and all those in the caring professions with an interest in this field.
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Part Two Experiences of therapy
Part Three The memory controversy
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