Jitendra : Lost Connections

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"I realize until I was 18, I lived essentially an Indian life. This came to the fore when I was in India recently. People couldn't believe I am from England, that I was from the big cities, that I spoke the language; my behaviour, the whole thing was exactly as they were used to.. " These are Jitendra's closing words to his potential therapist. Like other books in this series, Jitendra's story provides the opportunity for six different therapists to explore with him what may be the key issues in his present life and past experience: what do they wish to know about him; how do they understand him; how might they work with him; and what outcome can they predict for him as a result of therapy. In this thought-provoking book - which starts with Jitendra's own story - the reader has the chance to see six different therapists at work, drawing on the same initial material from the one real client. Representatives of Lacanian, Jungian, Personal Construct, Buddhist, Trans-cultural and Psychosynthesis therapy put some fascinating questions to Jitendra and receive some moving answers. The similarities and differences between therapies and therapists are highlighted. And at the end the reader is able to enter Jitendra's own experience of the process, and decide with him, which one he might choose in his search for a therapist. The particular feature of this volume is its cross-cultural perspective. The client is an Asian man from East Africa: what differences these other perspectives make becomes clear in his response to the six therapists and their particular techniques. "Jitendra - Lost Connections" will appeal to a wide range of students and practitioners involved in counselling and psychotherapy, particularly those interested in comparing different therapeutic approaches.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 137 x 215 x 15mm | 230g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0335192424
  • 9780335192427

About Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs is Director of the Psychotherapy and Counselling programme at the University of Leicester, Department of Adult Education, where he has been since 1984. He is well known for his publications in this field, and many of his books have become key texts in counselling training throughout Britain. He is married to Moira Walker, with whom he co-edits In Search of a Therapist published by Open University Press and the Counselling in Context series.show more

Review quote

"...of particular relevance when exploring race and culture as significant dimensions in therapeutic work." - Race and Cultural Education in Counselling "Readers interested in cross-cultural issues will find this book particularly useful." - Counsellingshow more

Table of contents

Series editors' preface In search of the client Lost connections The reader's response Lacanian psychoanalysis Personal construct psychotherapy Black feminist counselling Jungian analytical psychology Therapy from a Buddhist perspective Psychosynthesis psychotherapy Review and responseshow more