Child-centred therapy

Growing Pains: Making Sense of Childhood – a Psychiatrist’s Story by Mike Shooter (Hodder & Stoughton; Hb £18.99) reviewed by Aruna Sankaranarayanan.

A ‘compassionate and humane psychiatrist’ might seem like an oxymoron in today’s pharmaceutical-driven mental healthcare system that views patients through a very clinical and myopic lens. But while most doctors are wont to prescribe pills for a quick recovery from psychological ailments, Dr Mike Shooter proves to be an exception. And an exceptional therapist who does not shy away from acknowledging the complexities involved in understanding human frailties. Even as he acknowledges the need


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