Intellectual Disability, Trauma and Psychotherapy

Editor : Tamsin Cottis

Intellectual Disability, Trauma and Psychotherapy

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People with intellectual disabilities have emotional and mental health needs just like anyone else. Until recently however there has been little research of effective psychological treatment or direct, accessible psychotherapy provision for this client group. "Intellectual Disability, Trauma and Psychotherapy" focuses on the delivery of psychotherapy services for those with intellectual disabilities. Leading professionals in this specialist field are brought together to describe the history, theory and practice of their work in twelve focused chapters that draw on the work of psychotherapists including Bion, Winnicott, Sinason and Alvarez. Topics covered include: therapeutic responses to cultural and religious diversity; support for parents with intellectual disabilities; developing healthy and secure attachments within the family; dealing with intense feelings of shame; helping clients to cope with traumatic sexual experiences. Drawing on over a decade of pioneering practitioner experience at Respond a government-funded psychotherapy service for people with learning disabilities based in central London this book explores the practical issues in providing therapy to this client group, whether individually, in families, in groups, or by the use of telephone counselling. It closes with a chapter exploring the way forward for those who wish to develop services of this kind.

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Tamsin Cottis is a child psychotherapist and co-founder of Respond, the UK’s leading agency for psychotherapy and counselling for people with learning disabilities. She works in primary schools and in private practice, supporting children and young people with diverse needs.

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