Tales from the Couch is collection of actual case studies and a primer on psychopathology as well as a captivating reflection on the human condition. Drawn from Dr. Bob Wendorf's 36-year career as a clinical psychologist, the book examines the lives of some of his most troubled patients in a project that aims to both educate and fascinate the listener. Clinical syndromes are described and dramatized by real-life case examples (altered only as necessary to protect patient confidentiality). Each of the 16 chapters focuses on a particular psychiatric diagnosis, including multiple personality disorder, Asperger's, and ADD.
The clinical picture and symptoms are described and explained, then brought to life by case examples taken from the author's practice. Dr. Wendorf presents the cases as a series of narratives - some dramatic, some humorous, most quite poignant. Along the way, the author offers his own reactions to the people and events described here and application to the general human condition as well.
Tales from the Couch offers compelling stories of extraordinary people, clinical conditions, and events - both in and out of the therapy hour - while providing insights into the nature of human beings, mental illness, and the psychotherapeutic enterprise.
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About the Author
Dr. Bob Wendorf is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Therapist. He has more than thirty-six years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist, working in community mental health centers, residential treatment programs, psychiatric and general hospitals, and private practice. He is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was formerly on the faculty of the Medical Center East Family Practice Residency Program.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The practice of psychology on any level is not for the faint of heart. Largely due to the subject nature that of the human mind and how we wrap said mind around subjective realities and relationships therein. The author demonstrates these hard topics in a relatable way to the reader because after such a long career sometimes a reader interested in the study simply has questions they don't know they've a mind to ask, all I can earnestly say? Thank goodness for a couch and a gifted narrator on the human condition.