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The Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist

The Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist

Tanya Byron

Flatiron Books







I sat in an uncomfortable chair in the first office I had ever had and took a deep breath. The word "office" might be an overstatement. George, the friendly elderly porter who had welcomed me to the...


Praise for The Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist

The Skeleton Cupboard is an engaging and compelling account of the training years of a clinical psychologist, Tanya Byron. In beautiful language, Byron tells the stories of several challenging patients, including a violent man, a severely anorexic girl, and a man dying of AIDS. She reveals her own concerns and struggles as she narrates others' stories, and focuses on these in her supervisory sessions with her brilliant yet difficult supervisor. She shows psychology at its best, really connecting with and helping its patients, while remaining mindful of the limitations that therapists necessarily have. In narrating these stories, Byron gives a window into the mind of her patients as well as her own mind. We come to understand, to sympathize, and to care.” —Elyn R. Saks, Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California and author of The Center Cannot Hold

“Moving and thought-provoking” —The Sunday Times (UK)

“Tanya Byron is a formidable writer. Her powerful stories from the front lines of clinical psychology will stay with me forever.” —Dr Brian Goldman, Emergency Physician and author of The Secret Language of Doctors

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About the author

Tanya Byron

TANYA BYRON is a British psychologist, writer, and media personality. She is a frequent public speaker and has appeared on countless British radio programs.  She writes a weekly column for The Times (UK) and a monthly column for Good Housekeeping (UK). She advises on international policy relating to young people, mental health, and education, and is currently working in China to develop services for children and their families.

Tanya Byron

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