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The Skeleton Cupboard

The Skeleton Cupboard

By Tanya Byron.

The Skeleton Cupboard is Professor Tanya Byron’s account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers.

Inspired by Professor Tanya Byron’s years of training as a new and naive clinical psychologist, this book will not fail to shock and move you. With startling poignancy and powerful storytelling it documents the journey taken by Tanya and her patients from chaos to clarity through the maelstrom of what life throws at us.

With each incredible story Tanya reveals how she inched her way past the labels of iagnosis, and the often frightening face of the illness, to the real human being. Gripping, poignant and full of daring black humour, The Skeleton Cupboard shares the tales of ordinary people with an amazing resilience to the challenges of life, and in doing so reveals the frightening and challenging induction faced by all mental health staff and highlights their incredible commitment to their patients.

‘I’ve always wanted to challenge the stereotypes of those with mental health difficulties, to destigmatise vulnerable people struggling with the weight of their own distress and the fear they are unable to cope with life and are perhaps losing their mind. Revealing my own fears and inadequacies when trying to help anyone with a mental health problem felt like an important part of that.’ – Tanya Byron

Tanya Byron is a clinical psychologist and a professor in the public understanding of science, specializing in working with children and adolescents, with twenty-five years’ experience. Tanya has authored an independent government review and advises governments nationally and internationally. She writes regular columns for The Times and Good Housekeeping and is a broadcaster for BBC television and Radio 4.

The Skeleton Cupboard is available now.

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