Book Review

From The Couch To The Circle: Group-Analytic Psychotherapy In Practice

From The Couch To The Circle:  Group-Analytic Psychotherapy In Practice

London, Routledge Isbn 9780415672207

by John R. Schlapobersky

Endorsed by Prof Jerry Gans MD, DLFAGPA

Incredibly rich in clinical vignettes, steeped in heart, mind and scholarship and faithful to how group therapy heals, Schlapobersky’s From Couch to Circle beautifully depicts how ‘the troubled group that each individual has within’ is played out among the other group members.  A simple testimonial cannot do justice to this monumental effort that is destined to become a classic in the field of group psychotherapy.

Endorsed by Molyn Leszcz MD, FRCPC, DFAGPA

In his wonderfully well-written textbook John Schlapobersky does a great service for the field of group psychotherapy – a remarkable synthesis of accrued clinical wisdom, cutting-edge knowledge and thoughtful clinical application.  The author builds articulate, eloquent bridges between individual and group psychotherapy; between members and leaders within the therapy group; between European and North American models of group psychotherapy and, most importantly, between depth theory and accessible technique.  There is no better resource that brings together the worlds of group analysis and group psychotherapy.

Endorsed by Jeremy Holmes MD, FRCPsych

‘To make soup the cook doesn’t need to get into the pot.’ (Gorky quoted Schlapobersky, characteristically illustrating the role of the group conductor).  This book is the most glorious potpourri of everything one wants to know and feel and experience about group therapy, group analysis, and group dynamics – and more.  It magically combines, theory, science, clinical illustration, personal revelation, anecdote, apposite quotation, allusions from the literary canon, and social and cultural wisdom.  Schlapobersky and his book – the literary analogue of a group at its best – are worthy successors to his predecessor giants: Foulkes and Anthony, Yalom, Skynner, Pines.  Read him: for instruction, for joy, to live and laugh more fully, more contentedly, more dangerously – and become a better, braver, more compassionate, more confident yet questioning therapist whilst doing so.