Cutting it Out: A Journey through Psychotherapy and Self-Harm


By Carolyn Smith                       
Foreword by Maggie Turp, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist                  
Jessica Kingsley Publishers 
116 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB, UK
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106, 
Paperback, 128 pages       
ISBN 1 84310 266 8            
£12.99/US$19.95
 
Cutting it Out is a largely autobiographical account of a young woman's battle with self-harm.
 
Carolyn's story documents her own challenging journey, offering unique insights into her feelings about self-harming and also her attitudes towards the therapy sessions commonly employed to help people who self-harm. It explores the complex nature of her relationship with the therapist, her initial resistance to recovery and her eventual progression towards self-knowledge and taking responsibility for her own actions. The first-person narrative offers a vividly honest voice to the feelings and compulsions that drive someone to harm themselves and explores the conflict between the desire to self-harm and the struggle to control and overcome this addictive, self-destructive behaviour.
 
This timely book breaks the silence surrounding a difficult subject. It will provide valuable insights for therapists, counsellors, people who self-harm and their families and friends.
 
'Cutting it Out is an intriguing detective novel in which a young woman discovers why she cuts her flesh. Her self-attacks, seemingly so incomprehensible and inhuman, cannot withstand the hidden truths that emerge from the deepest layers of her mind. Cleverly crafted and well-written, the novel is a realistic and solid read,' - Armando Favazza MD, author of Bodies Under Siege and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Missouri
 
— Keith Nicholson

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