Why do some people repeatedly injure themselves? How common is this form of self-harm? How can professionals offer appropriate intervention and support to those whose lives are troubled by it, either directly or indirectly?...
Why do some people repeatedly injure themselves? How common is this form of self-harm? How can professionals offer appropriate intervention and support to those whose lives are troubled by it, either directly or indirectly? This authoritative and systematic book adopts a holistic approach to the problem of repeated self-injury and the difficult emotions and experiences that it gives
Bringing together theory, research and a wealth of case vignettes, Understanding Repeated Self-Injury examines both the psychological and physical aspects of self-injury. The authors explain how deliberate cutting or burning of the skin is used by many as a way to overcome and temporarily escape bad feeling and thus transcend the limits of their identity.
In particular, the book
- presents a unifying model for theory and practice, based on the phenomenology of self-injury
- examines the important role of identity and dissociation in perpetuating self-injury
- considers the wider impact of self-injury on family and friends, and on staff
- addresses treatment strategies and self-help resources.
Each chapter draws on the authors' considerable clinical experience across a range of contexts, and is written with professionals and trainees particularly in mind. This book is an essential introduction and indispensable resource for those working, or considering to work, in counselling, therapeutic and health care settings where they are or might be confronted with the complexities of self-injury.
Appeals across a wide variety of health care disciplines
Accessible and authoritative, ensuring relevance for both newcomers and seasoned professionals
Sensitive and empathetic understanding of difficult subject matter
The Basics Facts About Self-Injury
Understanding the Person Who Self-Injures
A Unifying Model Based on the Phenomenology of Self-Injury
Moulds and Matrices
Challenges for the Carer
First Professional Responses to Self-Injury
Summary and Conclusions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- The Purpose of Counselling and Psychotherapy Michael Bennett
- Supervision in Counselling and Psychotherapy Liz Omand
- A Research Guide for Health and Clinical Psychology Martin Dempster
- Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People Paul Terry
- Rethinking ADHD Sami Timimi, Jonathan Leo
- Counselling and Psychotherapy for Families in Times of Illness and Death Jenny Altschuler
- Mastering Counselling Skills Jennie Lindon
- The Myth of Autism Sami Timimi, Neil Gardner, Brian McCabe
- Psychiatric Drugs Jim Read
- Counselling in Health Care Settings Robert Bor, Riva Miller, Sheila Gill
- Short-Term Psychotherapy Alex Coren
- Understanding Repeated Self-Injury Digby Tantam, Nick Huband