Living with Voices: 50 stories of recovery
ISBN 978 1 906254 22 3 (2009)
Read a review from Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies Journal, December 2012: http://bit.ly/10ufKdu
A new analysis of the hearing voices experience outside the illness model resulted in accepting and making sense of voices. This study of 50 stories forms the evidence for this successful new approach to working with voice hearers.
This book demonstrates that it is entirely possible to overcome problems with hearing voices and to take back control of one’s life. It shows a path to recovery by addressing the main problems voice hearers describe – the threats, the feelings of powerlessness, the anxiety of being mad – and helps them to find their way back to their emotions and spirituality and to realising their dreams. This book also holds true for those who have been given a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
This is the third book in a series regarding the experience of hearing voices. It proves the value of an ‘accepting’ and ‘making sense of’ voices approach, for which it provides an evidence base. At the heart of this book are the stories of fifty people who have recovered from the distress of hearing voices. They have overcome the disabling social and psychiatric attitudes towards voice hearing and have also fought with themselves to accept and make sense of the voices. They have changed their relationship with their voices in order to reclaim their lives.
All the people in this book describe their recovery; how they now accept their voices as personal, and how they have learnt to cope with them and have changed their relationship with them. They have discovered that their voices are not a sign of madness but a reaction to problems in their lives that they couldn’t cope with, and they have found that there is a relationship between the voices and their life history, that the voices talk about problems that they haven’t dealt with – and that they therefore make sense.
Introduction Marius Romme and Mervyn Morris
1 Important Steps to Recovery with Voices
2 The Disease Concept of Hearing Voices and Its Harmful Aspects
3 What Causes Hearing Voices?
4 Accepting Voices and Finding a Way Out
5 Making Sense of Voices: The relationship between the voices and the life history
6 Metaphors and Emotions
7 Hearing Voices Groups
8 Psychotherapy with Hearing Voices
Introduction to the FIFTY STORIES
THE FIFTY STORIES
Ami Rohnitz; Andreas Gehrke; Antje Müller; Audrey Reid; Caroline; Daan Marsman
Debra Lampshire; Denise Bosman; Don Dugger; Eleanor Longden; Elisabeth Svanholmer
Fernand Chappin; Flore Brummans; Frank Dahmen; Frans de Graaf; Gavin Young
Gina Rohmit; Hannelore Klafki; Helen; Mrs Hutten; Jacqui Dillon; Jan Holloway
Jeanette Brink; Jeanette Woolthuis; Jo; John Exell ; John Robinson; Johnny Sparvang
Jolanda van Hoeij; Karina Carlyn; Lisette de Klerk; Marion Aslan; Mieke Simons
Mien Sonnemans ; Odi Oquosa; Olga Runciman; Patsy Hage; Peggy Davies; Peter Bullimore
Peter Reynolds; Riny Selder; Robert Huisman; Ron Coleman; Ronny Nilson; Rufus May
Ruth Forrest; Sasja Slotenmakers; Sjon Gijsen; Stewart Hendry; Sue Clarkson
Read a review from Psychosis Journal, December 2012: http://bit.ly/10ufKdu
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Marius Romme and Sandra Escher have revolutionized our understanding of voice hearing, and their work has led to a radical new way of helping people who have had this type of experience. In this timely, accessible and important book, they bring together the lessons they have learnt over more than two decades, and provide an opportunity for 50 voice-hearers from across the world to tell us their stories. This is essential reading for mental health workers of all professions, which challenges conventional thinking, empowers mental health service users, and looks forward to a more humane approach to psychiatric care. Richard Bentall, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool
Living with Voices is a must read for all: voice hearers, practitioners and scholars of all orientations. It is a milestone because it offers learning directly from the experiences of voices hearers, not in the alienating language of deterioration and immobility, but in the optimistic language of resilience and recovery. Mathias Dekeyser, person-centred therapist, Person-Centered &Experiential Psychotherapies Journal Dec 2012.
Based on a substantial number of real-life case stories Professor Romme and his associates have written what I would describe as a “must-read” in the field of Psychosis. As a final year trainee on a Counselling Psychology doctoral programme I found myself in the exciting but very challenging position of working within a CMHT for the first time and being confronted with clients recounting distressing stories of their psychotic experiences. This book has been an invaluable insight that has both helped to arrest some of my apprehensions and inform my practice with this client group. Amy Dodd, Trainee Counselling Psychologist, Feb 2011
Accessible and thoughtful, Living with Voices is an excellent introduction to the subject matter and the Hearing Voices Movement approach, and indeed the recovery model, for both service users and practitioners. Given the structure of the book, it is also possible to dip in and out of it, and read or use individual chapters or stories on a stand-alone basis. Akiko Hart, BPS Website, Division of Clinical Psychology, 2010
I am an OT working in mental health - often with people who experience hearing voices. I have used this book to guide my own therapeutic input but have also provided it to patients to read. Would recommend for voice hearers, professionals, family members or anyone with an interest in learning more. Amazon reviewer.