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Journal of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
For many reasons, this is a welcome addition to the literature on the management of self-injurious behaviors (SIB). Most compellingly, it delivers what it says on the book cover: it is a practical guide. The voice of a wise and experienced clinician is apparent throughout, and this will be particularly reassuring to, and welcomed by, practitioners who are relatively inexperienced in working with self-injury....Walsh's writing is particularly fluent and he has made a sometimes repellant subject engaging and readable, while never appearing voyeuristic or sensational. He manages never to present information in such a shocking way as to alienate the reader and seems sensitive to his audience's capacity to tolerate horror and respectful of patients whom he discusses....this text will be invaluable for any practitioner who works with patients who self-injure; the novice will be informed of key issues to guide his practice and the more experienced practitioner is sure to learn from the wealth of experience and knowledge that Walsh shares. I am glad to have read it and would confidently recommend it to others.