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The 3-Point Therapist
Davies, Hilary A.
Routledge | a Karnac book / Softcover / 2009-12-01 / 185575746X
Couple & Family Studies
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An ambitious trainee therapist, determined to make her mark in the therapy world, seeks supervision and guidance. In her meetings with the 3-Point Therapist she gains much more than she had bargained for. The 3-Point Therapist is the charming story of one trainee's journey in search of professional success and recognition. What she learns is unexpected and changes her predicted path. The characters and situations in this book are purely fictional but the principles, the learning and the practice points are drawn from the author's thirty years' experience working with families in different paediatric and mental health settings. The books style is light, readable and at times humorous - but the messages are strong with far-reaching effect. The trainee and her professional practice are profoundly changed for ever.

‘A quirky book and a wonderfully enjoyable read, one that packs a punch. It may seem at first that the lessons are in one sense simple but in fact they are more subtle than that, and the way these ‘3 points’ are handled is skilfully done. I found this enchanting!’
- Professor Michael Jacobs, author and psychotherapist

‘I found this book delightfully idiosyncratic, ostensibly simplistic but actually a very useful read for people on clinical family therapy training. The underlying teaching points which some may consider basic are nonetheless essential and too often ignored in practice. It is short, very user-friendly and far less daunting early in training than some of the required reading often to be found on introductory course lists. An enjoyable read structured around the conversations between an experienced therapist and a confident supervisor; the latter demonstrates the importance of encouraging her supervisee to
think more about her client family’s experiences, responses and strengths rather than focussing on extending her own systemic reading and writing. In this practical approach to clinical work the supervisor listened more and intervened less, a process which served as an excellent model of both supervision and therapy. I recommend this warmly.’
- Judy Hildebrand, Consultant Family Therapist and former Clinical Director, Institute of Family Therapy, London

Notes about the author:

Hilary Davies was born in West Wales. She has studied at the Universities of Southampton, Kent at Canterbury and London, Birkbeck College, and also at the Tavistock Clinic and Institute of Family Therapy, London. A qualified family therapist, she is currently working in the Department of Child & Adolescent Mental Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. She has taught and supervised students and trainees. She lives in north London. The 3-Point Therapist is her first book.

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