• Title: The Skeleton Cupboard: Stories from a clinical psychologist
  • Author: Tanya Byron
  • ISBN: 9781447262077
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Skeleton Cupboard Stories from a clinical psychologist The Skeleton Cupboard is Professor Tanya Byron s account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers Through the eyes
    The Skeleton Cupboard is Professor Tanya Byron s account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers Through the eyes of her naive and inexperienced younger self, Tanya shares remarkable stories inspired by the people she had the privilege to treat Gripping, poignant and full of daring blaThe Skeleton Cupboard is Professor Tanya Byron s account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers Through the eyes of her naive and inexperienced younger self, Tanya shares remarkable stories inspired by the people she had the privilege to treat Gripping, poignant and full of daring black humour, this book reveals the frightening and challenging induction faced by all mental health staff and highlights their incredible commitment to their patients Powerfully moving and beautifully written, The Skeleton Cupboard shares the tales of ordinary people with an amazing resilience to the challenges of life.

    One Reply to “The Skeleton Cupboard: Stories from a clinical psychologist”

    1. I am not sure that I see the point to this book. My paperback copy is subtitled - "The making of a clinical psychologist". The altered (?) subtitle - "Stories from a clinical psychologist" is more apt because this book is much more 'novel' like - and to be honest, if this is how a clinical psychologist is 'made' (letting them loose using trial and mostly error) - everyone's in trouble.I understand that psychology is not an exact science (I have studied it myself and have friends who are psycholo [...]

    2. I find books about psychology and psychologists fascinating reading and this one is no exception. The author takes us on a roller coaster ride through her training placements and the type of patients she encountered. There are frightening, heart- warming and incredibly sad and beautiful experiences. I found myself in tears on several occasions when reading this book. The book is searingly honest about the author’s own failings and about how difficult she found it to learn that not everyone can [...]

    3. Tanya Byron was just twenty two when, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of York, she moved to London to begin training as a clinical psychologist. For three years, Byron divided her time between studying at the University College London while completing a series of six month clinical placements in various settings within the National Health Service. The Skeleton Cupboard, subtitled 'The making of a clinical psychologist', is a fascinating account of th [...]

    4. Byron takes us through the cases she dealt with as a trainee clinical psychologist. This was a wonderful memoir, full of interesting detail and written in such a way so it wasn't loaded down with jargon. At times you really felt for her and also for the issues her patients were facing. I was totally engrossed from beginning to end and finished it far quicker than expected.

    5. This was the kind of book that the more I thought about it, the less I liked it! Initially I found the book refreshing- after all, there are not many books that look at case studies from the perspective of a trainee psych. But when I thought about it more deeply, I realised that much of the case studies (which the author insists herself were fictional) were in fact very contrived. Some, like the authors work with a famous fashion designer who ends up giving her a notebook full of his designs- ar [...]

    6. I picked up this book after reading Irvin Yalom's Love's Executioner, thinking it was going to be another journey through the therapist-patient relationship, only now from the eyes of a beginner in the field. I was disappointed. Not because the characters and stories were fictional; like Tanya says, these stories exist in each on of us to some extent. I was disappointed because Tanya only touched the surface of each story, leaving the reader craving to know more about each case. I feel like the [...]

    7. I gobbled up this book - very easy to read. The chapters could be read as stand alone or sequentially. I would recommend it to others as it is both informative and thought provoking.Two problems;1) NarratorI really didn't warm to our narrator. She was whiny, childish and arrogant. Was she writing in the voice or a 21-25 year old or what? Honestly, I don't care - I just found her a right pain. Condescending about nurses and downright weird when it came to descriptions of her three girls, "The Lov [...]

    8. An interesting read, with some fascinating yet tragic cases. Well written with a good style that is engaging and not at all patronising. This book is all about her experiences while training. I would have liked more on her recent cases specialising in children/adolescents; I expect that will be in a subsequent book!!

    9. I am only giving it 3 stars because truthfully I only read the first 2 chapters and the last. I stopped not because it was bad. It is extremely well written in a filmatic way and maybe that was the problem. I am sure this will get many more reviews and discussion due to its topic but I just found it too traumatic. The first chapters covered a knife wielding sociopath? and the second the murder of a young child and child abuse. It was extremely interesting if you want to know about psychiatry and [...]

    10. Tanya Byron beschreibt in ihrem Buch "Das Gehirn meiner Großmutter - Wahre Geschichten aus dem Alltag einer klinischen Psychologin" verschiedene Fälle aus ihren Praktika während der Ausbildungszeit. Mit ruhiger Stimme führte sie mich durch die Geschehnisse, konnte mich dabei aber mitreißen, sodass ich mich sehr gut in sie hinein versetzen konnte. Die geschilderten Fälle sind allesamt beispielhafte Abbildungen verschiedener Krankheitsbilder bzw. Personengruppen, sind dennoch aber spannend [...]

    11. I’m generally fascinated about anything to do with psychology, so when I grabbed this book in a sale, I was very hopeful. That quickly died on reading just the very first chapter: she refers to trans people as “boys who want to be girls” and “ladyboys”, and remarks on that stupid cliché that oh, these men are prettier than her. She’s shaky on the correct pronouns, too — which always drives me crazy: even if you don’t “believe” in the existence of trans people (what?), what [...]

    12. This book should have been really interesting, but it was sort of meh. I went into it knowing that these stories were fictional (despite being classified as nonfiction), but that just made the stories seem really contrived. In each story, she has a critical, life-changing role. Each story is also neatly presented and as soon as diagnosis or cure or a big revelation happens, the story ends and we're on the next one. No real depth- they come off as sanitized; hardly any mess. Although I liked a fe [...]

    13. I'll admit that there were aspects of The Skeleton Cupboard that I believe are worth reading. Unfortunatley these aspects were few and far between. It was an easy, quick read. Honestly,  the epilogue was seemingly the most honest well thought out part of the book, bringing to light the importance of increasing public knowledge of the vast complexities of mental health and highlighting that not all mental heath issues can be "cured." This book, however, appeared far too contrived and unrealistic [...]

    14. Written by Tanya Byron who is a clinical psychologist, and I had never heard of her, I am so glad that I have now. Her story is haunting, the people she has encountered as fragile as they are strong, as broken as they are beautiful and I found each encounter she retells strike at my soul. I know that there is a vast amount of people out there struggling with mental health issues, and that many aren't addressed. Reading this book makes me realise a fraction of those are treated, some of which mak [...]

    15. I'm in something of a reading slump, I'm afraid. I read legitimately interesting, engaging books, and my reaction is kind ofh.Here, Byron takes readers back to her training years as a psychologist: six different appointments spread over three years, ranging from an AIDS clinic (back in the early years of AIDS, when it was virtually always a death sentence) to a GP to an eating-disorders ward. It's chronological, which means that things don't always occur in the order you might expect in a memoir [...]

    16. This is a fantastic story of a serious topic in clinical psychology. I actually listened to an audio version of the book which was even more wonderful as it played like a radio drama. All of the characters in the story are extremely engaging and kept me captivated throughout the narration. I was impressed with Tanya's willingness to discuss her own shortcomings and fears over and over again in the book which is a testament to how her mental security and fortitude. The book finishes with a stark [...]

    17. I'd say 4.5 stars. I thought this was a very eye-opening account to a side of psychology we seldom hear about. Usually books are about the patients, the illness, not those who try to "cure" them or help them get to a better place.Like Byron indicated, there is no line between sanity and insanity and/or the boarders are far less distinct than we make them out to be. I loved this book because it de-stigmatizes mental illness by showing us how human we all are and it made me think about "one's jour [...]

    18. As a current BSc Psychology student, I found this book to be a great insight as to what to expect when I graduate and embark on my Psychology career.Although fictional, with a hint of real life, I found the stories to be inspirational, but truly heartbreaking at times.For anyone out there studying or just interested in the field of Psychology I can truly recommend this book. You'll find you can't put it down.

    19. Tanya Byron is one of my favourite ladies so I knew this book wouldn't fail. A wonderful account of her experiences as a trainee clinical psychologist when she was in her early 20s. I loved finding out more about her personal life, her honest accounts of the patients she encountered and some of her failings (I thought she was perfect!). From her early career to where she is now, I admire her even more. I'd love some more of the same please Tanya!!

    20. A remarkable story of a clinical psychologist in training. We follow Tanya Byron in her journey through the diverse aspects she encounters: working with drugaddicts, HIV patients, people with eatingdisorders, children gone through trauma etc. Although in the epilogue she clearly states that her characters are fictional, it's not hard to imagine that she intertwined aspects which happened in real life. I love her self reflection; often insecure, sometimes scared and at times downright arrogant (w [...]

    21. Neben den Geschichten über Patienten erfahren wir sehr viel über das Leben der Autorin und wie sie ihren Weg gefunden hat. Ihr kommen Zweifel und oft wusste sie nicht ob ihre Arbeit das richtige für sie ist und ob sie es mental schaffen wird. Es ist interessant zu erfahren, wie eine Ausbildung in London um 1989 abläuft. Ihre Laufbahn und die Fallgeschichten, welche als Konstrukte verschiedener Personen zu verstehen sind, bilden den Haupteile des Buches.Im Vorwort und im Epilog geht sie auf i [...]

    22. This is an account of a young woman’s journey through her clinical training to become a psychologist. Many of the patients’ stories she discusses are quite moving and made me pause to digest the information and emotion of those accounts. This is a must read for anyone who’s interested in mental health and/or clinical psychology.

    23. I’ve always had an interest in clinical psychology. A good friend of mine has recently been suffering with her mental health and has been at a psychiatric hospital for a couple of months and the change in her following the range of therapies that have been on offer is miraculous. In some ways it has played a part in inspiring me to pursue a career in the field when the day comes that I can no longer stand working in the world of banking and finance.Tanya Bryon’s book paints a stark and hones [...]

    24. Tanya Byron is an estimable clinician; a role model and a highly accessible public communicator about the profession of clinical psychology. Nowadays she is quite high profile on TV, and her warm no-nonsense style eschews the airs and graces sometimes evident in other media savvy psychologists.This is her punchy, down-and-dirty and personally revealing memoir of her clinical training days. At its heart is her struggle to develop both the clinical understanding and temperamental resilience needed [...]

    25. From reading her bio you'd think Tanya Byron was superwoman. The book covers the author's 3 years of training to become a clinical psychologist, her experiences in the health system and the patients she treated.Well actually it isn't as the 'patients' are actually composites of those she met so it is fiction. But I did find it very interesting but I suppose it is like a reading a novel because it's not "real" but the experiences she had within the system doubtless are and that is fascinating. Th [...]

    26. This book was an interesting look into the life of a clinical trainee, but the fact that all the accounts were completely fictitious took away from the book. The actual situations and characters were beautifully portrayed, and strikingly believable. This would be the composite element of her characters. However the stories tend to have quite clean, cut-and-dry endings considering that there are rarely such things in the world of mental health, which the author points out herself - that 2/3s of p [...]

    27. Overall an OK book. Got a bit boring in places, and I found myself becoming annoyed at the author for constantly criticising her supervisor who seemed like she knew what she was doing and was trying to help, in her own way. Some interesting insights though into clinical training in the late 80s. However, felt that this was possibly dated and that clinical training today, although probably covering similar grounds in terms of the distress others suffer, would be a somewhat different experience. W [...]

    28. A fun book. Left me wondering here and there how realistic the interactions were. They seemed a bit dramatic at times--especially her interactions with her supervisor. Also, at points it started to drag a little bit and I got bored, skimming through pages to get to a part with some more substance. But generally the story was quite alright and gave some nice and at least across the board honest look at the experience of a clinical psychologist in training.

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