This book explores the relationship between being able to be truly oneself and being assertive.
Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege discusses how ex-boarders can be amongst the most challenging clients for therapists.
It looks at the effects on adults of being sent away to board in childhood and the problems associated with boarding, which have only recently been acknowledged by mainstream mental health professionals.
This book will be of interest to anyone who has religion as part of their childhood experience. It aims to shed objective light on the effect of a religious upbringing on both the child and the adult.
Contributors recall memories and draw conclusions about how religious influences have shaped their adult selves in ten autobiographical accounts from Peter Gubi, Catherine Hand, John McCourt, John Rowan, Jane Simmonds, Sharon Stinson, Anni Townend, Wendy Weston and the two editors themselves. Lucy Birtwistle and Lindsay Smith, both experienced counsellors, step back to consider these vibrant accounts of powerful emotions such as guilt and fear as well as love and comfort.
They reflect on issues of community, sexuality, spiritual awakening, parental neglect and the role religious parents play in determining a child's perception of God. Religion and particularly its role in childhood can be overlooked in counselling and psychotherapy.