Michael Jacobs is a pioneer in the development of psychodynamic
counselling. While his writing is praised for its lucidity in
explaining difficult concepts, and it is well illustrated with case
examples from his own work, he has rarely said much about his own
history as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and counsellor. In this
personal account, concerned mainly with both his professional life
as a therapist, writer and teacher and with the developments of
counselling generally in Britain, in which he has played a major
part, Jacobs presents his own past. It is one that surprisingly for
so experienced a therapist, started with no formal training, but
which has gone on to be an influence on the training of hundreds of
counsellors and therapists. Jacobs traces the development of BACP
and UKCP and his part in the formation of both organizations, the
development of training in counselling in Britain, much of which
with regard to psychodynamic counselling was pioneered by him, and
finally his writing and teaching career. The book concludes with a
critique of the present state of counselling and psychotherapy in
Britain today. "A delight to read! Everyone benefits from a lovely
memoir like this: students, experienced colleagues, and the author
himself. Michael has built a deserved reputation as an outstanding
authority and innovator in the counselling field, in practice as
well as in training. His restlessness and his challenging nature
are still needed as the sense of crisis in depth and relational
therapy work intensifies. The account of his experiences, whether
entirely fortuitous and haphazard or fuelled by an individuating
sense of vocation, will stimulate thought, feeling and a profound
questioning of where our field is heading." Professor Andrew
Samuels, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies,
University of Essex, UK "This is the moving and revelatory account
of the personal and professional evolution of one of Britain's most
prominent pioneering counsellors. In telling his own story, Michael
Jacobs also illuminates the development of the counselling movement
during the past fifty years and younger readers will discover much
to inform and surprise them. This deceptively passionate book
inspires and challenges on almost every beautifully written page."
Brian Thorne, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of East
Anglia, Norwich, UK; Co-founder, The Norwich Centre for Personal,
Professional and Spiritual Development "Michael Jacobs's new memoir
kept me wide-awake for most of the night, because I simply could
not put this book down! Written with consummate story-telling
skills, Jacobs has created an inspiring and enthralling portrait of
his remarkable career in the fields of psychotherapy and
counselling. A true pioneer of mental health in Great Britain,
Jacobs has much to teach us all, and I recommend this new volume
most heartily!" Professor Brett Kahr, Institute of Medical
Psychology, London, and Senior Clinical Research Fellow in
Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental
Health, London, UK
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