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On Practising Therapy at 1.45 A.M.

Adventures of a Clinician, 1st Edition

By Brett Kahr


272 pages

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pub: 2019-12-06
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On Practising Therapy at 1.45 A.M: Adventures of a Clinician derives from experiences of talking to millions of Britons about their mental health needs, both off camera and on.

It includes accounts of Kahr’s time as Resident Psychotherapist for B.B.C. Radio 2 as well as commissioning and producing British television programmes including Britain’s Sexual Fantasies and Making Slough Happy.

The book suggests that the maverick and the traditionalist therapist can, indeed, come to exist side by side in a fruitful partnership. These adventures will encourage those taking their first steps in the helping professions to entertain creative ways of working and of contributing.

Table of Contents

Prelude: Of Mavericks and Medias; Introduction: On Practising Therapy at 1.45 A.M.; Section One: Consulting Room Essays; Chapter 1: The Handshake; Chapter 2: Tissues; Chapter 3: The Ten-Minute Gap; Chapter 4: On Painting the Consulting Room; Chapter 5: The Bookshelf; Chapter 6: Baseball Caps, Overcoats, Orange Suits, and Neckties: On Patients and Their Clothing; Chapter 7: On Patients Who Remove Their Clothing in Sessions; Section Two: Media Essays; Chapter 8: How to Make a Forty-Seven-Minute Television Programme in Only Three Years; Chapter 9: Filming Sexual Fantasies; Chapter 10: How to Make 120,000 People Happy in Just Ten Weeks; Chapter 11: A Night at the Opera: Freudians at Covent Garden; Chapter 12: Defending "Lady Macbeth": Testimony of an Expert Witness; Section Three: Historical Essays; Chapter 13: Four Unknown Freud Anecdotes; Chapter 14: Why Freud Turned Down $25,000: Mental Health Professionals in the Witness Box; Section Four: The Mind of the Psychotherapist; Chapter 15: Musings of a Musicophiliac; Chapter 16: I Suffer from Karnacitis; Postlude: In Camera and On Camera, or, a Maverick’s Manifesto; Acknowledgements; Original Sources of the Chapters; References; Index

About the Author

Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health field for over forty years. He is Senior Fellow at Tavistock Relationships at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, in London, and Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London. A Trustee of the Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications, he has written or edited eleven books, and he has served as series editor for more than fifty other titles. He works full-time with individuals and couples in Hampstead, North London.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health