Author(s): Sarah Benamer
Telling Stories? explores the contemporary state of affairs in the understanding and treatment of psychosis. This is 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.
About the author:
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.