British Journal of Psychotherapy
This is a book that I imagine will be of interest to a wide audience. For the experienced therapist it proffers a different, broader perspective on self-harm. For those less familiar with such work, it elaborates a useful way of thinking which 'teaches' by means of its generous case descriptions and clear reflections.
Mental Health Today
This is a very welcome text, which covers substantial ground in a way that is both scholarly and accessible. It is intended for a broad readership including teachers, police and lay helpers as well as social workers and psychotherapists. The narratives in the book can act as a stimulus to social workers and other professionals to be active in seeking to establish the reflective environment, stimulus and support required to connect helpfully and analytically with personal experience. This text can be used on a number of levels with students and qualified workers. Significantly it offers social workers and other professionals the possibility of seeing self-harm as a continuum in which we have relevant personal experience and resources. It offers a clear strategy for practice, which would support preventive and early intervention for young people and adults and is part of the growing literature that supports service users right to needs-led care.' - British Journal of Social Work 'This is an eloquent plea for revising clinical approaches to self- harm. Central to Turp's argument is the understanding of self-harm as the individual's attempt to find a way of being in her/his body - this remains a powerful argument for a more humane response to self-harming behaviours of many kinds.