Self-Therapy Made Easy

Self-Therapy Made Easy

by Marian Van Eyk McCain


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780991276
Publisher: Psyche Books
Publication date: 09/16/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 99
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Marian Van Eyk McCain spent a total of 39 years in Australia and the USA before returning to England in 1998. She has a Bachelor of Social Work (Melbourne), Part-time Teacher's Training Certificate (Melbourne), and an MA in East-West Psychology (San Francisco). Formerly a social worker, she is a writer, author, psychologist, psychotherapist, adult education teacher, workshop leader and health educator. Now 'retired, she is writing full time. She lives in Devon, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I The Music of the Mind: Understanding your inner world 5

1 Playing Together 6

We are not soloists

Duets: The conscious and unconscious mind

Trios: The Observing Self

Quartets: The Collective Unconscious

Quintets and ensembles: Our inner 'family'

The full orchestra

2 Learning the Score 17

Chords and melodies: background and foreground

3 The March of Time: Understanding your life story 24

Shaped by trauma

Shaped by stories

Shaped by families

Shaped by life



Diving in

4 Discord: Why you might turn to a therapist 34

A note of warning

Part II The Art and Skill of Self-Therapy 39

5 Setting the Scene 40

First task: Enlist your two primary helpers

The Observing Self

The Virtual Therapist

An important question about sabotage


Role of the Nurturing Parent

6 Problem-solving 49

Conflict resolution

If problem-solving doesn't work…

7 Personal Growth 53

Notice OTT reactions

Notice substitutions

Notice what your body is saying

Owning your projections

8 The Magic of Chairs 57



Two-chair dialogue with another(virtual) person

The three- letter exercise

Two-chair dialogue between aspects of yourself

Or even more chairs…Your cast of thousands

Journaling and other chairless techniques

9 Working with Dreams 69

Big dreams

Interpreting dreams: a personal code

Working the dream

Extending the dreamwork

Grounding the dreamwork

Part III A Change of Consciousness 79

10 Your Transpersonal Self 80

The quantum universe

Worlds unseen


A sense of oneness

The secret truth of relationship

And finally…

Notes 87

About the Author 88

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very user friendly and practical. The work of therapy is hard and can be expensive. I read this book and used the techniques to help me move myself through some issues that I wanted to overcome. If you are honest with yourself and naturally self-reflective this book does offer practical tools of therapy. It is certainly not a substitute for real psychiatric help for the clinically depressed or mentally ill.