About the book
The problems surrounding deficient mental health are now widespread and worsening.
We are seeing ever-increasing violence, drug and alcohol use, family breakdown, unemployment, depression, prevalent addictions and, sadly, people killing themselves – behaviours 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 you a frank and understandable insight into the world of psychotherapy,through the eyes of a thinking, working, reflective practitioner. Jo’s narrative is warm and engaging, and often, surprisingly, humorous.
Here she traverses the murky and often controversial territory of the differences between the many professions working in the field, including but not restricted to counselling, coaching, psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy.
Throughout the book Jo illustrates concepts and contexts through clients’ stories, with their permission, to give a deeper understanding of their rich internal worlds, and why treatments such as cognitive behaviour therapy, medication, hypnotherapy, self-help and other services might not always ‘cure’ the complaint.
Each client is different and unique. There are no clichés.
This book is a story of the thinking structure of long-term work with a psychotherapist, sometimes with a very perceptive and empathic dog in the room. Meet Saydee.
About the author
Jo arrived in the world of psychotherapy from the corporate sector. In upper management, she worked with people to develop their skills and always strived to better assist them in their personal and professional development.
It was this interest that led her to psychotherapy almost two decades ago, to work as a clinician, long term with her clients. Her passion for this work enables client understanding of archaic attachment issues, transference and counter transference, early childhood ruptures and unconscious processes, shining a light on how these unresolved early life fractures contribute to difficulty and dysfunction in later life. Jo’s clients often have long histories in various forms of mental health treatment.
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.
In her consultative role, Jo actively assists people to find the right path in a field fraught with confusion. She is both patient and tireless in this work, and can be forthright and assertive around the topic of effective interventions for those requiring assistance for their mental health.
Jo is a psychotherapist in private practice in Sydney, where she lives with her family and co-worker Saydee.