The Power of Talking: Stories from the Therapy Room

Author(s) : Stelios Kiosses

The Power of Talking: Stories from the Therapy Room

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : June 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 154
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 95470
  • ISBN 13 : 9781912691807
  • ISBN 10 : 9781912691
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Reading The Power of Talking: Stories from the Therapy Room feels as though you have joined author Stelios Kiosses at his favourite coffee shop for a chat whilst enjoying a cappuccino and slice of cake. It is a joy to read, inviting you into the psychotherapeutic world as a welcome guest to discover the process of psychotherapy, the role of the therapist, and the psychological defences we all employ.

‘Being a therapist is truly a lifelong journey which we share with others towards healing.’ So says Stelios Kiosses and here he presents his journey so far. Along the way, we meet Gareth, suffering from depression for many years. Then there is Helen, dealing with unresolved childhood trauma. John and Alice, experiencing difficulties in their relationship, hoping couple therapy will help. David, successfully treated for burnout / work-related stress over a decade ago, but now struggling with suicidal thoughts after the loss of his job and his mother. This case has the added resonance of the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and the need to work remotely via video. And finally, Abigail, who is struggling with hoarding and the memories and pain of sexual abuse.

These stories come to life in an engaging, enthralling, and enjoyable read for therapists and the public alike.

Reviews and Endorsements

The Power of Talking is a truly fascinating, insightful, and powerful read. I felt like I was in the therapy room along with Stelios as I read through each moving and compelling story. This book can teach us so much – not just about therapy but about humanity in general. I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest or experience in mental health. Stelios’ passion and knowledge, as well as his warmth and kindness, shine through in this truly wonderful book.
Jonny Benjamin MBE, mental health campaigner, writer, filmmaker, and public speaker

The Power of Talking is one of a kind in that it brilliantly blends information about therapy, with personal experiences, research, and client stories. It is a captivating read with a fantastic blend of entertaining and thought-provoking stories along with history and information about therapy as a healing tool and a journey of exploration. While reading the book, one is gently invited to explore his or her own childhood, struggles, relationships, and successes. Stelios has done a remarkable job sharing so many different sides of psychology, therapy, and himself in an easy to digest and fun to read book.
Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, Health and Wellness Coach, Wellness Synergy, LLC, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

The paradox of The Power of Talking is that it reveals the power of listening. Stelios shows that by listening to painful aspects of his own story (by talking in the presence of a psychotherapist), he was equipped to embark on this deep process with others. The stories he tells reveal the wonder of the human spirit, the capacity to overcome trauma, the complexity of life events, and the wisdom of the therapist saying the right thing at the right time. Stelios demystifies the therapeutic process and opens it up for others to look into.
Alistair Ross, Associate Professor – Psychotherapy, Oxford University

Table of Contents

About the author

1. On being a therapist
2. Gareth
3. Helen
4. John and Alice
5. David
6. Abigail


About the Author(s)

Stelios Kiosses is a psychotherapist and the Clinical Lead for Edison Education. He manages a multidisciplinary team ensuring the delivery and integration of evidence based clinical and therapeutic practices and provides extensive training and supervision to associate therapists and formal work experience of graduate psychologists. He studied psychodynamic counselling and clinical supervision at the University of Oxford and was previously trained in psychotherapy and experimental psychology at Sussex University. He is an associate member of the American Psychological Association and a member of both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the British Psychological Society. He is a member of Corpus Christi College Oxford and a research collaborator with Professor Robin Murphy’s Computational Psychopathology Research Group based at the University of Oxford.

Stelios currently teaches at Harvard University Extension School and has previously held teaching positions as a visiting senior research associate at Kings College London and as a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths College University of London. He was originally appointed as an honorary senior lecturer at the department of Psychiatry University of Birmingham teaching on the MS in Psychiatry (Family and Mental Health). In his public role he has acted as a UK TV psychologist and presenter for Channel 4’s hit series The Hoarder Next Door narrated by Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman and currently is patron of the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts one of HRH Prince of Wales core charities.

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