Telling Stories? explores the contemporary state of affairs in the understanding and treatment of psychosis. An inclusive approach to mental distress requires that in order to truly understand psychosis we must begin by listening to those who know this from the inside out; the voices and narrative of those who have been condemned as "unanalysable" and mad. Far from being fantastical, the complex stories that are being articulated communicate painful truths and the myriad ways in which the human psyche survives overwhelming trauma. This book is the culmination of an integrated and creative alliance between those on the cutting edge, experientially, in research, diagnosis, and treatment; this multidisciplinary dialogue proposes a new relational and attachment orientated paradigm for the 21st century. In contrast to the containment model that is currently favoured, this advocates listening and talking therapies, and the healing power of a loving relationship, offering those with psychosis the possibility of more nourishing engagement with the world.
Sarah Benamer trained as an attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CAPP), now The Bowlby Centre, where she is a tutor, teacher, approved supervisor and training therapist, and member of the clinical training committee. She works as a relational psychotherapist in private practice. Prior to training as a psychotherapist she worked as an independent advocate with those in crisis in the National Health Service (NHS) psychiatric system and with individuals in chronic pain, with long term illness and severe physical disabilities.
CHAPTER ONE Telling stories? Attachment-based approaches to the treatment of psychosis by Sarah Benamer CHAPTER TWO A brief history of psychosis, its politics and why genetics is a cop-out by Joseph Schwartz CHAPTER THREE Never let the truth get in the way of a good story by Julie McNamara CHAPTER FOUR The personal is political by Jacqui Dillon CHAPTER FIVE Can attachment theory help explain the relationship between childhood adversity and psychosis? by John Read and Andrew Gumley CHAPTER SIX Truth is stranger than fiction-what happens to the story when no-one wants to know by Christine Blake CHAPTER SEVEN In bits: Hearing the fragmented narratives of people who experience psychosis by Mark Linington CHAPTER EIGHT Interprofessional collaboration: Achieving integrated care in mental health services by Tony Leiba APPENDIX INDEX