This book explores the relationship between being able to be truly oneself and being assertive.

‘A powerful and engaging book that combines straightforward practicality with a rare wisdom and insight into human relationships – a must-read for leaders, coaches and change agents.
— David Birch, Business Director, Ashridge Business School

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.

‘Passionate engagement, exceptional clinical experience and case studies make this an impressive book which should be required reading for therapists, educationalists and politicians. It may also prove a life-saver for many boarding school “surviviors”.
— Brian Thorne, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of East Anglia.

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.