Few words about the book
The relationship between therapist and client is one of the most intimate and delicate that exists, and one that is intriguing to outsiders. This book gives brief glimpse into the therapy room. It consists of ten case histories that cover a wide range of themes from obesity to depression. One woman is trying to come to grips with past memories, another cannot escape from a passionate love with no future, an immigrant is trying to overcome a persistent stammer, a fi fty-year-old man decides to separate from the love of his life rather than compromise with his principles. The dramatherapist describes her reactions to and interaction with the client as well as some of the techniques used in the therapeutic process. The stories are based on real cases, but in order to conform to the story-telling genre they contain a beginning, middle and end, which is not always the case in real life.
‘I recommend this accessible and thought-provoking book to anyone who is interested in the workings of the human psyche and the ways in which creativity, relationships and time combine to offer opportunities for healing and growth. The book takes the reader into fascinating and moving explorations of therapeutic encounters and its case studies are lucid and deeply insightful. The authors’ approach brings each encounter alive with its use of dialogue and narration: we are taken into the minds and feelings of the therapist and client with an unforgettable immediacy and a vivid sense of encounter.
‘Professor Phil Jones, UCL Institute of Education, author of Drama As Therapy and The Arts Therapies’
About the Editors
IAN ROBERTSON is a teacher of English, a translator, actor and writer. He has authored and co-authored a number of textbooks and readers for learners of English
KATERINA COURCOUCLI-ROBERSTON is a psychotherapist with a Ph.D. in Dramatherapy from Surrey University. She is also a teacher in special education. She is Head of Studies at the Herma Institute of Dramatherapy and an external lecturer at the University of Thessaly