Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Ten top books about psychotherapy

Bev Thomas was a clinical psychologist in Britain's NHS for many years. She currently works as an organizational consultant in mental health and other services. She lives in London with her family.

About her new novel, A Good Enough Mother, in a starred review from Publishers Weekly: “[An] exceptional debut... Thomas melds astute psychological insight with powerful storytelling in this moving thriller.”

At the Guardian, Thomas tagged her top ten books about psychotherapy, including:
Mad, Bad and Sad by Lisa Appignanesi

A historical overview of the treatment of women’s mental and psychological health from 1800 to the present day. Appignanesi offers a fascinating insight into the relativity of diagnosis and how treatment approaches have altered over time. It’s particularly good on the shift of attitude around abuse, from disbelief and denial to the acceptance of a different reality that embraces the true complexities of trauma. It left me wondering how our current mental health services will be viewed by future generations.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Page 99 Test: Mad, Bad, and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors.

--Marshal Zeringue