Relating to Voices helps people who hear voices to develop a more compassionate understanding and relationship with their voices.
In this book, authors Charlie and Eleanor create a warm and caring tone for the reader and a respectful tone for their voices. With the help of regular ‘check-in boxes’, the book guides the reader towards an understanding of what voices are, what they may represent, and how we can learn to work with them in a way that leads to a more peaceful relationship. It offers a shift away from viewing voices as the enemies, towards viewing them as potential allies in emotional problem-solving. This approach may be different to some others that readers have come across, which can often be about challenging voices, suppressing them, distracting from them, or getting rid of them. The Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) approach suggests that we can learn to relate to both voices and ourselves in a way that is less about conflict and more about cooperation.
This book will be a useful companion for voice-hearers as well as for their supporters and allies in their journey of self-help. It will also be of use to mental health and social service workers.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Professor Paul Gilbert; Some suggestions for how to use this book; PART 1: Before we start; 1. Voice-hearing: a normal human experience; 2. What is Compassion Focussed Therapy? And how can it help support voice-hearers?; PART 2: Beginning the journey; 3. Safety and safeness; 4. Developing a Compassionate Self; PART 3: The courage of compassionate relating; 5. Relating compassionately to yourself and your emotions; 6. Developing a compassionate understanding of voices; 7. Developing a compassionate relationship with your voices
Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland is a clinical psychologist, researcher and trainer at Balanced Minds, UK. For 13 years, Charlie provided psychological therapies in the UK NHS mental health services, and now offers a private CFT practice. He continues to provide supervision, training, and consultancy in the NHS, as well as other organisations across multiple sectors, including healthcare, social care, education, and charities.
Dr Eleanor Longden is a service-user research manager at the Psychosis Research Unit in Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) in the UK, whose work draws upon her own experiences of recovery from trauma and psychosis. She is an honorary research fellow at the University of Manchester and co-director of GMMH’s Complex Trauma and Resilience Unit.