FROM CHAOS TO COHERENCE
PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH A LITTLE BOY WITH ADHD
The heart-warming true story of a
disturbed little boy named Douglas and the therapist who helped him
overcome his anti-social behaviour to reveal the person behind the
'...I am flooded with
warmth for this little expert on the art of living, who has just
realized that even he has the possibility to live a long life. My
interpretation is that he trusts he will get the time he needs in
therapy to reach, first adulthood, and, then, old age. Right now he
believes he will continue to be in therapy for the rest of his life.
He cannot imagine that it is going to come to an end. However, I
have started to think about when we will have to part and I am not
looking forward to it...'
From Chaos to Coherence is the true story, told in everyday
language, of the adopted boy Douglas and his journey towards
adulthood with the help of psychotherapy. At the age of seven he has
severe psychic, physical and social handicaps and is also diagnosed
with ADHD. He is impulsegoverned, aggressive and provocative and
does not know how to interact with other children. He starts
psychotherapy at the age of seven and continues weekly sessions for
the next seven years. The reader is invited into the child
psychotherapy room to follow the work of Douglas and his therapist,
the author Elisabeth Cleve.
This beautifully written account of these years of therapy:
- reveals what is going on inside this
boy, behind the reckless actions.
- explores the inner feelings, thoughts
and actions of both the child and therapist.
- is painfully honest at times, bringing
the therapy sessions to life for the readers.
- is a vitally important book that should
be read not only by those involved in children's psychotherapy
but by everyone in search of a humane, informative and touching
A captivating and uplifting tale for
professionals and laymen alike.
The Author ELISABETH CLEVE is a licensed psychologist and
licensed psychotherapist for children and young people and a
specialist in clinical psychology. She is the author of two books
published in Swedish. From Chaos to Coherence is her first book in
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