Author: Jesse D. Geller Ph.D., Paul D. Spector M.A.
What really happens in psychotherapy? Therapists and patients alike have difficulty describing their experiences. Moreover, when people read academic textbooks in an attempt to learn about the intimate and unique nature of the psychotherapeutic experience, they often come away dissatisfied; perhaps, like psychoanalyst Helmuth Kaiser, they feel as though they are “trying to decipher a melody by looking at the grooves on the record.”
This book presents nineteen stories about psychotherapy. These fictional portrayals offer insights useful for experienced psychotherapists, those in training, and people who are now or have been in, or are contemplating entering, psychotherapy. Works of the imagination, they make palpable the atmosphere, rhythms, nuances, and tensions of the psychotherapeutic exeprience. Both the fiction writer and the psychotherapist are commentators and interpreters, reconstructing the past through the telling of stories. The metaphors created by artists may stand closer to the experience of a lived psychotherapy than do the elegant abstractions of scientists.