A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy

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Penguin, 1996 - Psychology - 322 pages
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As a young psychology intern, Annie Rogers writes these words about her severely disturbed patient Ben, a five-year-old boy who has already seen a lifetime of trouble - orphaned as a baby, then fostered out to a family who forgot him in his crib when they fled a household fire. Now he talks with screams and punches, and only Annie can manage to draw him out with her infinitely skillful and intuitive play therapy. Listening with almost superhuman attention to the story his play reveals, she picks out the abandonment and fear that echo in his every movement, and slowly teaches him to trust and to love. But as Ben begins to explore the trauma of his past through his relationship with Annie, she finds herself being drawn downward into her own mental anguish.
 

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User Review  - gardenmomee - Overstock.com

The first part of this book is devoted to the both gripping and tragic story of psychologist Annie Rogers psychotheraputic relationship with five year old Ben a survivor of severe neglect and abuse ... Read full review

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User Review  - Arco-Iris - LibraryThing

I found this a very moving story about mutual healing - of the child by a very creative trainee-therapist, and of the therapist after a breakdown following abuse by her therapist. The child's growth ... Read full review

Contents

THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE
1
SILENCE
95
MESSENGER
187
EPILOGUE
309
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