The Skeleton Cupboard

The making of a clinical psychologist

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Publication date: 22.05.2014
ISBN: 9781447261667
Number of pages: 320


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 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.

In the media

Fascinating composite case studies of some of the vulnerable patients [Tanya Byron] encountered at a stage when she was often just one chapter ahead of them
Like the best of psychological cases studies, such as Freud's, these read like compelling, crafted fiction ... powerful, vivid and moving
Sydney Morning Herald
A compelling book that will challenge and comfort all who have strived to make the journey from chaos to clarity