A Clinician’s Manual

The seeds for this book were sowed many years ago, when I became a psychiatrist and then a trained psychotherapist in the Conversational Model of psychotherapy, pioneered by the late Robert Hobson and Emeritus Professor Russell Meares. Having a busy clinical practice and an active teaching load left very little time for writing a book, though I published papers from time to time.

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A Guide for Clinicians

I first heard Dr. Habib Davanloo speak when I was a fellow in psychosomatic medicine at Harvard Medical School. It was autumn 2004, and working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital offered me a multitude of rich experiences; most of which focused purely on biological illnesses such as delirium. The psychodynamic realm was not one that I frequented during my work hours as a trainee. As such, I looked forward to hearing Dr. Davanloo, Professor Emeritus at McGill University, speak at his annual Metapsychology meeting in Montreal.

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