This book introduces the concept of the "Person One Could Have Become" and shows the importance of mourning for individuals with all sorts of traumatic experiences (abuse, neglect, or pregnancy loss). Presented here are philosophical tenets (existential-humanistic) as well as the clinical applications (integrative group psychotherapy). The role of the psychotherapist and appropriate supervision is emphasized. The book utilizes examples of traumatized individuals who struggle during psychotherapy.
Dr. Witold Simon has created a comprehensive overview of existential approaches to trauma. This book extends our understanding of trauma further than both Jacobsen's European existential summarization of the topic, and Stubrin's recent American humanistic-existential work. I believe he is successful in going beyond manualization and in so doing provides a very stimulating book which will be of great interest to practitioners. Working with trauma is frequently challenging and such encouragement and thoughtful critique is much-needed.—
About the Author:
Witold Simon, MD, PhD, CGP, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Neurotic Disorders and Psychotherapy, at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsaw, Poland.