Tales from Travelling Couch: A Psychotherapist Revisits His Most Memorable Patients

Tales from Travelling Couch: A Psychotherapist Revisits His Most Memorable Patients

by Robert U. Akeret
     
 

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After thirty-five years in practice, prominent New York psychotherapist and author Robert Akeret found himself in the thrall of a single question: Did therapy make a real difference in his patients lives?
So, on a sunny morning in April, Dr. Akeret got in his van and set off to visit his most memorable former patients--a journey "in search of story endings."… See more details below

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After thirty-five years in practice, prominent New York psychotherapist and author Robert Akeret found himself in the thrall of a single question: Did therapy make a real difference in his patients lives?
So, on a sunny morning in April, Dr. Akeret got in his van and set off to visit his most memorable former patients--a journey "in search of story endings." And what remarkable stories they are...
Naomi, an abused young Jewish girl from the Bronx who transforms herself into a Spanish flamenco dancer named Isabella--what is she like now, in her mid-fifties?
What about Charles, who fell madly in love with a circus polar bear? Had he been able to resist his fatal psychosexual attraction?
What of Sasha, the dashing, prize-winning French novelist with writers block and a penchant for exploiting women? In the end, did his art prevail or his life?
And what became of Mary--did she ever "murder" again?
Like a brilliant psychological detective novel, this book tells its stories in fascinating detail while raising fundamental questions about psychotherapy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393314984
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Pages:
235
Sales rank:
517,360
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

Elaine Mazlish
Riveting stories — not since Love's Executioner has a book so beautifully captured the drama and magic of psychotherapy.... the stories take us beyond therapy to what happened in the lifetimes that followed.
Donna Jackson
Akeret takes us on an insightful, provocative journey that spans thirty-five years, allowing us to peer with him into the lives of some of the most memorable patients. The effect is an invigoratingly great lead, one that will surely spark new dialogue about the eternal search, through analysis, for a better self.
— Donna Jackson, author of How To Make the World a Better Place for Women

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