Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Shula Wilson
    Pages 19-40
  3. Shula Wilson
    Pages 80-95
  4. Shula Wilson
    Pages 96-110
  5. Shula Wilson
    Pages 111-130
  6. Shula Wilson
    Pages 131-132
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 133-144

About this book


"What is Disability?" and "Why am I disabled?" asked Joe, the seven year old boy, born with cerebral palsy...

Although disability is of concern to us all, very little attention has been paid to the felt experience of the disabled person and the ways in which psychotherapy might be constructively utilised. Disability, Counselling and Psychotherapy directly addresses this gap and, taking a life-span perspective and a psychoanalytic approach, actively explores the challenges and opportunities of disability to therapy, the caring professions and society more widely.

Shula Wilson introduces a model aimed at achieving autonomy that is based on the significance of the primary mother-baby relationship and the awareness of human mortality. In doing so she offers a new way of relating to disabled people and working through unanswerable questions such as those raised by Joe, above. She also challenges attitudes and reactions to controversial issues such as sex, death and the mystery behind altering body image, and brings to the surface the desires, hopes and frustrations of disabled people living in an environment ridden with fears and prejudices.

With its lively case discussion and clear theoretical base, Disability, Counselling and Psychotherapy is a vital resource for all practising professionals and trainees.


attention autonomy communication counseling psychotherapy sexuality

About the authors

SHULA WILSON is a practising psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and the founder and Clinical Director of the SKYLARK counselling service for people affected by disability. She is also a member of the visiting faculty at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent's College, London.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Disability, Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Book Subtitle Challenges and Opportunities
  • Authors Shula Wilson
  • Series Title Basic Texts in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-96496-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-21450-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 160
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Psychotherapy and Counseling
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