This book offers all clinicianspsychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, nurses, physicians, and family therapistsa way to use language to help patients resolve bodily symptoms. It avoids the stigmatization that patients and families so often experienceand the frustration clinicians feelwhen struggling to find answers for mind-body problems.
The authors show how somatic symptoms are often related to unspeakable dilemmas, which can be understood only if a clinician creates the kind of relationship in which privately held stories of fear, shame, and threat can be told safely. Detailed case studies and numerous brief examples illustrate techniques for helping patients escape the dilemmas that bind their bodies by finding new language and stories that can free them. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)