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: Understanding diverse approaches while exploring psychotherapy, Jo Frasca brings you a frank and understandable insight into the world of psychotherapy, through the eyes of 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.
Jo is a psychotherapist in private practice in Sydney Australia.
Her passion as a clinician is working long term with clients, enabling the understanding of family of origin, attachment issues, early childhood ruptures and unconscious processes.
Her client base primarily has a long history with various forms of emotional and psychological health treatment. These treatments (CBT, medication, counselling etc), undertaken to enhance aspects of their lives, have not provided the outcomes desired.
In an attempt to work more deeply with clients, her work is underpinned by the framework of relational transactional analysis informed by psychoanalytic theory.
Pat Martin, Iowa, USA –
It’s easy to be intimidated by the title (and sub-title) of Jo Frasca’s new book. Delving Deeper — Understanding Diverse Approaches While Exploring Psychotherapy. Yikes!! But don’t let yourself be intimidated.
Ms. Frasca has written a very layman-friendly book that will acquaint us with the various disciplines in mental health care. She clearly defines the differences and we come to understand her specific discipline — which is long-term psychoanalysis.
Along the way, we meet Saydee, her little colleague who contributes greatly to what Ms. Frasca is doing. It’s quite a readable book and I think you’ll relate in many of her anecdotes and case histories.
As we’re all trying to understand mental health issues and treatments available, this book begins to pave that road for us. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed
N Robinson, Kiama, Australia –
Reading Delving Deeper was a transformative experience. Having previously had experience with only psychiatry, psychology and counselling, most, if not all, of what I read was a revelation. Unlike many academic and medical texts, Delving Deeper was eminently readable, thanks in part to the enlightened inclusion of real (anonymous) client stories and Jo’s engaging tone.
Like Jo herself, this is a highly intelligent, immensely informative, warm and thought provoking read. Given the insights I gleaned from Delving Deeper about the importance of early life bonding, this book will now be my essential purchase for anyone on the precipice of nurturing a new life.
Rosemary D’Urso, Sydney, Australia –
This book is a wonderful read. It’s a great insight into psychotherapy and it is so easy to become engaged through Jo’s depiction of client stories throughout the book. It is also enlightening how the clients find the right path for themselves in psychotherapy. An added bonus was that I loved reading how Saydee has such a beautiful presence in the room with the client and is so loved
Jo Silbert, Sydney, Australia –
Delving Deeper is an important offering to those interested in embarking on, or learning about, the journey of psychotherapy, in that it lays out, with lucidity, insight and honesty, what psychotherapy is and what it isn’t, what a prospective client can hope to achieve from the process and what she or he can expect from a number of different treatment modalities.
In so-doing, Jo Frasca clears up misconceptions, misunderstandings and myths about mental health treatment. But the book is much more than this; it a courageous, generous, personal and deeply engaging account of her work by a skilled and thoughtful psychotherapist, who is also a wonderful story-teller, through which we learn so much about what it means to be both clinician and client.
J Miller, Melbourne Australia –
This beautiful and talented women, originally from Victoria Australia, has stepped into the world of writing with the same energy and rectitude she shows her clients each day.
Reading “Delving Deeper” for me, was a book which shed light on the difficulties faced by both client and psychotherapist as they travel an often difficult road together.
With Saydee the ever faithful canine who carries baggage of her own, Jo manages to unearth fears and assist with the healing process.
With every chapter I began to realise that the psychotherapist walks the road along side the client. They suffer and feel the anguish hand in hand, or hand in paw, as the case may be.
Recommended good read.
G Vaz, Sydney AU –
Actually Delving Deeper is an incredibly interesting book. I loved how it was more like a conversation, as if I was listening to someone tell stories … perfect ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There is so much more in Delving Deeper than the usual pompous academic speak that we see in emotional and mental health writing these days.
While that writing style is perfect for studying academics, Jo Frasca’s writing style in Delving Deeper engages the reader holistically. My thinking is that people are more inclined to engage and internalise what they read when writing is clear and simple … it also engages in recall. Hence it is not misinterpreted nor misappropriated by the reader. Very important in learning in this area of wellbeing.
Mira Neck –
Delving deeper is an absolute “must read” for anyone wanting to understand the complex world of mental illness & Jo articulates the differences between the professions behind it.
Jo focuses on her professional work as a psychotherapist throughout the book & brings us on the journey that her clients are faced with ( usually as a result of many years of neglect or obuse).
Her book thoroughly outlines her methods & brilliantly introduces her dog “Saydee” into the therapy sessions – which would be unusal but great to see that it works.
A wonderful read, insight into psychotherapy & mental illness.
The psychotherapy field is under threat from pop up trainings with more interest in getting bums on seats than actually training people in ‘proper’ psychotherapy. I loved this book so much – when someone asks ‘is counselling the same as psychotherapy?’ or ‘I trained in counselling, but I call myself a psychotherapist’ – I’ll be posting the link to this book. A wonderful resource for potential clients of psychotherapy.