by Maggie Turp - £19.99 Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2002)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781853029011 | ISBN 10: 1853029017
This practical and accessible book of case studies takes a new look at self-harm, focusing particularly on the under-explored area of 'hidden' self-harming behaviour. These behaviours may not be immediately identifiable as self-harm by counsellors, therapists of their clients but the author shows how recognition and understanding of hidden self-harm can improve practice with those affected. The case studies, include a client who has a serious eating disorder, a client who abuses recreational drugs, workds excessively to the detriment of his health and sustains a series of unconsciously invited 'accidents', and one caught up in 'self-harm by omission', who fails to 'take care' and delays seeking vital medical care. The importance of attending to the client as a whole person is highlighted, and of building on the self-caring tendency that has prompted them to seek help in the form of counselling or therapy. Written from a psychoanalytic perspective, but using straight-forward language, Hidden Self Harm is a valuable resource.
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