Larger than Life: Six Women and their Battle with Obesity as seen through the Eyes of a Dramatherapist

Author(s) : Ian Robertson, Author(s) : Katerina Couroucli-Robertson

Larger than Life: Six Women and their Battle with Obesity as seen through the Eyes of a Dramatherapist

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Larger than Life is aimed at anyone interested in obesity and its treatment. It follows a dramatherapy group attended by six women, all struggling with their weight, using vignettes, transcriptions of the sessions attended, and commentary on the progress made by the participants. A final interview concludes each of the women’s therapy, where they talk about their experiences within the group, followed by the therapist’s summation of their treatment. The book concludes with brief telephone conversations with all six women three years after their treatment ended, giving a clear picture of the value of dramatherapy to the individual. As well as looking at these specific case studies, the authors also discuss the causes and effects of obesity, the dramatherapy group process, and why dramatherapy is an effective means of treating eating disorders. This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the subject of obesity or dramatherapy.

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‘Ian Robertson and Katerina Couroucli-Robertson’s new book is a compelling argument for applying dramatherapy to the treatment of women who struggle with obesity. They describe a highly creative process thoughtfully and sensitively. In the end, the validation for their work lies in both the creative process of dramatherapy and in the relationship they foster with the clients, which, over time, yields significant change.’
— Robert Landy, PhD, Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology, Founding Director, Drama Therapy Program, New York University

Larger than Life is a very important book both for dramatherapists and for people working with obesity issues. It contains detailed descriptions of the six people involved in the therapy, the methods and techniques, outcome interviews and therapeutic reflections. A must for all psychotherapists, their clients and their families.’
— Sue Jennings, Leader of Research at the Institute of Neuro-Dramatic-Play, Honorary Professor at the University of Derby, and Professor of Play, European Dramatherapy Federation

About the Author(s)

Ian Robertson is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he studied French and Spanish Language and Literature, and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. He lives in Greece, where he works as a teacher, actor, translator and writer. He has written a number of English Language Teaching books as well as novels, short stories and poems. Recently, he co-authored Before You Let the Sun In, which was published in Greek by Nefeli Athens.

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Dr Katerina Couroucli-Robertson was born in England and brought up in Greece by her English mother and Greek father. She is a psychotherapist with a PhD in Dramatherapy from Surrey University. She is also a teacher in special education, Head of Studies at the Herma Institute of Dramatherapy and Playtherapy, and an external lecturer at the University of Thessaly. She is the director of a theatre group for V.S.A. Hellas (Very Special Arts) made up of people with and without learning difficulties, and has published numerous articles on Dramatherapy as well as the book Before You Let the Sun in, written in collaboration with her husband Ian Robertson, which comprises a collection of stories based on her work as a Dramatherapist.

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