The Skeleton Cupboard is Professor Tanya Byron's account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers. Through the eyes of her naive and inexperienced younger self, Tanya shares remarkable stories inspired by the people she had the privilege to treat. Gripping, poignant and full of daring black humour, this book reveals the frightening and challenging induction faced by all mental health staff and highlights their incredible commitment to their patients. Powerfully moving and beautifully written, The Skeleton Cupboard shares the tales of ordinary people with an amazing resilience to the challenges of life.
About the Author
Professor Tanya Byron is a clinical psychologist, specialising in working with children and adolescents, with twenty years' experience. She is also a journalist, author and broadcaster. Her TV presenting and on-screen expert credits include the BBC series Little Angels and The House of Tiny Tearaways and Bedtime Live for Channel 4. She writes a weekly column for The Times and a monthly column for Good Housekeeping and is a BBC Radio 4 presenter, contributing to a range of programmes.
Collaborating with Jennfier Saunders she co-wrote the popular BBC comedy series The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle. Tanya advises on international policy relating to children, young people, mental health and education, and is currently working in China to develop services for children, young people and their families. She is President of the teenage mental health charity Mindfull, a patron of Relate, and an ambassador of The National Family and Parenting Institute. www.professortanyabyron.com
Moving and thought-provoking * Sunday Times * A compelling book that will challenge and comfort all who have strived to make the journey from chaos to clarity * Psychologies * Quite simply, I love this book for its candour, wisdom and courage. Mistakes are our greatest lessons and other people, wherever we find them, our greatest teachers. As Tanya Byron describes so eloquently, life is about connection. There is nothing else. -- Sally Brampton Fascinating composite case studies of some of the vulnerable patients [Tanya Byron] encountered at a stage when she was often just one chapter ahead of them * Metro * a moving and extremely engaging account of Dr Byron's early days, training as a clinical psychologist. As well as offering profound insights into the human condition it moves with the pace of a thriller. Dr Byron is a great story teller and she has an extraordinary story to tell * Dr Michael Mosley * Like the best of psychological cases studies, such as Freud's, these read like compelling, crafted fiction ... powerful, vivid and moving * Sydney Morning Herald * Honest and insightful ... This thoroughly compelling book does much to combat the stigma that is still, sadly, attached to mental illness' * The Lady * A strangely fascinating profession ... what's most appealing about Byron is her genuineness and openness. I can imagine why, if you were in distress, you'd want her on your side * Scotsman * Soul searching and straight talking * Jewish Chronicle *
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st June 2014
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.41