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The Talking Cure

Normal People, Their Hidden Struggles and The Life-Changing Power of Therapy
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
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'Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.' (Carl Jung)

The essence of successful therapy is the relationship between the therapist and the patient, a dance of growing trust and understanding. It is an intimate, messy, often surprising and sometimes confusing business - but when it works, it's life-changing. 

In The Talking Cure, psychotherapists Gill Straker and Jacqui Winship bring us nine inspiring stories of transformation. 

They introduce us to their clients, fictional amalgams of real-life cases, and reveal how the art of talking and listening helps us to understand deep-seated issues that profoundly influence who we are in the world and how we see ourselves in relation to others. We come to understand that the transformative power of the therapeutic relationship can be replicated in our everyday lives by the simple practice of paying attention and being present with those we love.

Whether you have experienced therapy (or are tempted to try it) or you are just intrigued by the possibilities of a little-understood but transformative process, this wise and compassionate book will deepen your sense of what it is to be open to connection - and your appreciation that to be human is to be a little bit mad.

©2019 Dr. Jacqui Winship, Professor Gillian Straker (P)2019 Pan Macmillan AU

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Something for everyone

A sincere congratulations to Professor Straker and Dr Winship on an amazing piece of work. I am a Psychiatry Registrar (a trainee psychiatrist) and I think I have listened to this book about 9 times in the last 5 months. Its that good. Gillian and Jacqui take turns in narrating each chapter, and each chapter is a stand alone case study. What makes this book (in my opinion) unique and a joy to return to, is that there is so much nuance and humanity in each study - with some new take away every time I listen to a chapter. As a trainee, it is a a gift to hear the thoughts and reflections of a psychotherapist - the candid thoughts and feelings regarding efficacy, uncertainty, clear empathy and care for the patient and also strategies on how to roll with resistance and work towards therapeutic alliance and alleviating patient pain. I have put so much of these lessons into my daily work and the changes I have seen in myself and my patients are amazing. But as a human being, there are also so many lessons in these stories. Understanding my own patterns of thought, looking for blind spots and taking on new ways of thinking - and being inspired by the stories of these patients to have the courage to change and have difficult conversations - is something so much more than your usual 'self help' books. This is an amazing book and one that I will come back to time and time again over my life and career. There is no better example of why therapy is for everyone and Gillian and Jacqui have done a great service to both the profession of psychiatry and to the general Australian public (yes, an Australian therapy book!). I hope sincerely that they collaborate again for another book (or series of books) and consider this a 'must have' book for anyone interested in behaviour, beliefs, emotional struggle and for those interested in therapy and what it can do for them. Professionally, I have recommended this book to so many colleagues and all agree that it is a fantastic resource.

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very reflective piece of therapy work b that keeps indeed the importance of curiosity and language

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Great narration, interesting stories, insightful and inspiring perspective. I will definatly recommend it to others

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  • 14-06-2019

Everyone has issues

A wonderful book that promotes self compassion and understanding of everyday psychological struggles. It allows us to peek into the lives of others and common relationship difficulties as a way of both understanding and transforming ourselves.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-2019

Unravels Complex Issues

This book helped me to make sense of some troubles I've been having in my own life. The variety of Case Stories helped me to put my own story into a context. I highly recommend this book to anyone living in this age of therapy,