Sommerbeck provides a straightforward appreciation of the problems and offers solutions to working with clients with severe mental health problems. The book examines situations when the therapist feels outside their comfort zone and how to deal with them. In essence, it covers the areas that many academic courses don't teach.
Lisbeth Sommerbeck is a clinical psychologist, accredited as a specialist in psychotherapy and supervision by the Danish Psychological Association. Since 1974 and until she retired in 2011 she was employed in Danish psychiatry, where the bulk of her work consisted in psychotherapy, supervision, consultation and teaching. She has written books and articles about various aspects of client-centred therapy and in 2002 she initiated the Danish Carl Rogers Forum.