LIVING THERAPY SERIES This book provides a vivid insight into working with a client who is a survivor of child sexual abuse. Using fictitious dialogue it illustrates the person-centred approach and relates it to how memories can surface and the impact that this can have on the client and counsellor. It provides a deep insight into the counselling relationship and the counsellor's use of supervision highlighting discussion points throughout to aid training and reflection. It is essential reading for all counselling trainers and psychotherapists and all other health professionals dealing with people who have suffered sexual abuse in childhood. 'Counselling a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse: a person-centred dialogue brings a unique and powerful insight into the qualitative process that engages both client and counsellor in a person-centred setting. Richard Bryant-Jefferies has eloquently and comprehensively conveyed the conditions of relating that are the very essence of person-centred work. The author sensitively covers key issues faced by survivors of abuse - the fear of dissociation coming to terms with recovered memories working with feelings of blame grief and anger.
For someone experienced in this field the book highlights points for reflection and discussion. It is a valuable teaching aid and in many training environments it would be a valuable addition to the reading list.' Linda Hughes in her Foreword 'I am amazed at the degree to which Richard Bryant-Jefferies has been able to catch the feel of an actual therapy relationship involving the recovery of dissociated trauma memories in the relationship portrayed in this book. Many of the passages in this fictional account gave me goose bumps reading them. I think that this moment-to-moment account of a therapy relationship is likely to be invaluable to therapists learning to work with this sort of material as it emerges with their own clients. The openness of the approach that Richard Bryant-Jefferies takes to this account is likely to be particularly valuable to readers.' Margaret Warner in her Foreword 'I have recently left a rehab after 6 months for my alcohol problem. I am working hard to maintain my abstinence at the moment. I am looking to work in the substance misuse field in the future as I know how rewarding it can be because of my own time in rehab.
As a result of this I was in my local library looking for any information in this field when I stumbled across your book Counselling A Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse. It immediately hit a chord with me. I was abused from the age of 9 to 15 by my elder brother. Although I have mentioned this to counsellors I have had in the past none of them really helped me. They almost dismissed it.Anyway I am half way through your book and I can associate strongly with the characters inside and I feel helped by this. Really I just wanted to let you know and thank you for writing it. Its as if I have finally found someone who actually understands the connections between abuse and alcohol problems! So once again thanks!' For more information on other titles in this series please click here
"...a powerful and demanding relational encounter in which I found myself fully engaged from beginning to end.
-Mary Pipes, Counsellor, Norwich Centre Projects
"The content leaves you in no doubt that this book is written by a skilled and experienced professional..."
-Healthcare Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal
"...there is a need for text books that bring the experience of therapy alive..."
-Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
"Even though the `dialogue' here is fictitious, it evidently arises from depth of clinical experience and never rings false."
-Mental Health Today
"The author uses a fictional account of a therapeutic process to cover key issues faced by survivors of abuse, including fear of dissociation, coming to terms with recovered memories, and working with feelings of blame, grief and anger."
-Care and Health Magazine