Our colleague Jan Olthof published a new book published by Karnac and translated from Dutch into English. He would like to introduce us to it.

Jan combines philosophical, scientific and theoretical insights in the field of narrative psychotherapy and links them to sources of inspiration such as poetry, film, literature and art under the common denominator ‘narrative thinking’.
Elaborate theoretical sections are alternated with case histories taken from several different therapeutic contexts.The reader will be able to wander through the many examples of therapeutic sessions, even literal transcriptions of an intervention, in which narrativity in all its forms is the
point of departure.

What language does the body speak? What message do seemingly random slips of the tongue convey? How can a painting give words to the story of a client? The concept of the logic of abduction is discussed and special attention is rendered to the aspects of creating a therapeutic context and the making of a therapeutic frame. The diversity of insights in this book will be of interest to the experienced psychotherapist as well as the starting
therapist, who may be inspired by the practical sections.

You can order the book here.


About the Author

Jan Olthof has worked as a psychotherapist since 1984. In addition to his own private practice, he provides diverse other services. He teaches,
trains and supervises young colleagues newly active in the field of systems therapy, and is registered in this capacity with the Dutch Society
of Relationship and Family Therapy (NVGR). He has also been attached to the family psychiatry department of Yulius institution for mental health
care in Rotterdam as a systems consultant since 1985. Jan also founded the School for Systemic Training at Bunde in the Netherlands.

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