Tanya Byron shares powerful stories inspired by her years of training as a clinical psychologist. The Skeleton Cupboard is professor Tanya Byron's account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers.
Through the eyes of her naive and inexperienced younger self, Tanya shares remarkable stories inspired by the people she had the privilege to treat. Gripping, poignant, and full of daring black humour, this book reveals the frightening and challenging induction faced by all mental health staff and highlights their incredible commitment to their patients.
Powerfully moving and beautifully written, The Skeleton Cupboard shares the tales of ordinary people with an amazing resilience to the challenges of life.
©2014 Tanya Byron (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
I have always respected the work of Tanya Byron so was very pleased to see that she had written this book about her years as a trainee clinical psychologist. It is an honest and interesting book that gives a real insight into the work of psychologists. Tanya Byron narrates the introduction and I really wish she had narrated the whole book as she narrates with real intelligence, warmth and humanity. Although Imogen Church's narration is listenable she does struggle to voice the male clients and does not convey the warmth or humanity of the author.
No - and simply because of the narration
Wish I had a chance to hear more - I am an admirer of Tanya Byron and enjoy how she writes elsewhere. This was all paid for and I waited for release with great interest. However, the narration is beyond irritating so as to distract from what is being said.
Silly, unconvincing voices which add nothing to a story and are beyond cliche.I really feel a good narrator could just have spoken - I feel fairly sure that when Tanya Byron gives an example of her work with clients she does not affect a a silly offensive voice to match. As listeners I feel confident we would be able to discern who was saying what. So disappointed and will now order a tangible version of this book as a to read for myself - hopefully I will have thrown off the terrible voices by then.
Yes, the opening chapter spoken beautifully by Tanya Byron
This is the first review I have ever left in years of Audible membership - I felt compelled and hope it stops others from wasting their money on it until such time as it is recorded well.
One of the most memorable moments of The Skeleton Cupboard was when Tanya was working with the 12 year old girl who wanted to die and they get to the root of the reason for this.
Tanya's writing style and empathic portrayal of her patients reminds me of the brilliance and compelling narrative from Irvin Yalom. I very much hope that she will write more to represent her clinical experiences.
Yes, a truly fascinating insight into the role and training of clinical psychologists.
Entertaining, educational and enlightening. A well written story and interesting audiobook to listen to.
Writer, counsellor, disabled mother of 2 young boys. Listens to Audible books on dog walks...
Fascinating, insightful, gripping.
The author, Tanya, because this is her honest account of her journey to become a clinical psychologist.
I liked the way that Imogen's voice very closely matched Tanya's, she also added great character to Tanya's clients/patients.
Being a counsellor in training there were points where I laughed because Tanya's emotions and experience of her supervisor reflected my own. I laughed out loud on several occasions.
This is a really interesting book for a trainee counsellor like myself because Tanya goes through her thoughts about her 'clients/patients' [none are real per se but devised from people she's seen over the years], how she works out their narrative and how she seeks to help them. I also found the fact that she had included her experience of the supervisor/supervisee relationship really useful too. I loved this book, listened to it in a few days during dog walks and after a knee op! As my first Audible book it has set the bar very high. I would recommend.
Although the author describes the characters in this book as 'constructs', each of the cases that she describes have a thoroughly authentic feel. The book is rooted in the authors experience and this comes across. The insights into the struggles of those coping with mental illness are valuable. Equally, the description of the role of the practitioner and the struggle to maintain professional detachment while remaining deeply affected by the patients' suffering is impressive.
I enjoyed this book and the narration and developed a better understanding of mental illness and its treatment as a result.
This book was so much better than I expected. I thought the book was very well laid out - each chapter relating to a different placement. All the individual stories were very interesting and informative. I loved hearing the authors thoughts as she was consulting a patient or with her mentor.
However, you would probably have to have a keen interest in mental health to enjoy this book.
I am a graduated psychologist and that book which you can read like a novel, gave me so much insight into clinical psychology! I love it! I want more books from Tanya!
Wonderfully narrated and gripping story, one of the best I have read (or listened to) in the psychological area. As a psychotherapist myself I immensely enjoyed the authors honest approach with dry and witty humour. Being able to bring out the very human aspects of our everyday struggles her accounts of the presented cases are educational at the same. Bravo!
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