By Jo Frasca (Australia)
The problems surrounding deficient mental health are now widespread and worsening.
We are seeing ever-increasing violence, drug and alcohol use and addiction, family breakdown, unemployment, depression, and, sadly, people killing themselves, behaviors that are now of pandemic proportion. At the same time, we are seeing an impoverishment of the mental health system that is leading to its failure to adequately address the problems it sets out to solve, in many cases making them worse.
In Delving Deeper, Jo Frasca brings the reader frank and understandable insight into the world of psychotherapy, through the eyes of a thinking, working, reflective practitioner. Jo’s narrative is warm, engaging, and often humorous, as she traverses the murky and sometimes controversial territory of the differences among the many professions working in the field, including but not restricted to counseling, coaching, psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy.
Throughout the book Frasca illustrates concepts and contexts through clients’ stories, shared with their permission, to give a deeper understanding of their rich internal worlds. She illustrates how treatments such as cognitive behavior therapy, medication, hypnotherapy, self-help, and other services might not always “cure” the complaints patients bring to treatment. This book is a story of long-term work with a psychotherapist, sometimes with a very perceptive and empathic dog in the room, Saydee.
Jo Frasca is a psychotherapist in private practice in Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her family and co-worker, Saydee. Jo arrived in the world of psychotherapy via the corporate sector. In upper management she worked with people to develop their skills, always striving to better assist them in their personal and professional development. It was this interest that led her, almost two decades ago, to work as a clinician in long-term relationships with her clients. Jo uses Transactional Analysis and the relational model in her work, informed by psychoanalytic theory and thinking. She is also an advocate for psychotherapy as a profession and constantly works to improve ethical procedures, training standards, and professionalism in her field. As a consequence, for the majority of her professional life she has served on executive boards and as president of various associations in Australia.
To purchase the book, visit the author’s website: www.jofrasca.com