Synopses & Reviews
Ever wanted an insight into counseling? Or wished you could be a 'fly-on-the-wall' in a psychotherapy session? Couch Fiction allows you to peep through the key-hole of the therapy room door and, more than that, read the minds of the protagonists...
Based on a case study of Pat (our sandal-wearing, cat-loving psychotherapist) and her new client, James (an ambitious barrister with a potentially harmful habit he cant stop), this graphic novel follows the anxieties, frustrations, mind-wanderings and break-throughs of each, through a year of therapy sessions together. Beautifully illustrated and accompanied by succinct and illuminating footnotes, this book offers a witty and thought-provoking exploration of the therapeutic journey, considering a range of skills, insights and techniques along the way.
"Philippa Perry's cute and clever graphic novel aims to be both an entertaining work of fiction and an introduction to psychotherapy...Perry's form suits her mission, Junko Graat's cheerful black and white sketches rendering the dreams, thoughts and alter egos that circulate around Pat's sofa...It's an appealing accessible read - perfect for a waiting room." --The Guardian
"If you've got even a passing interest in psychotherapy you'll want to read this graphic novel three times, at least." --Time Out "I loved it. I smiled and laughed. And nodded. One to read for sure." -- Susie Orbach, author and columnist
"...set to capture the attention of the capital's culture vultures." -- Evening Standard
"Funtastic: How therapy works with all the fun of a cartoon." -- Oliver James is a clinical psychologist, author and broadcaster
"Philippa Perry has succeeded brilliantly in demystifying the complexities of the psychotherapeutic encounter by demonstrating not only something about the private conversations which transpire in the consulting room, but also by revealing the hidden thought processes in the mind of both the client and the psychotherapist. Her beautifully illustrated book "Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy" will be essential reading for anybody contemplating therapy, and would make an ideal gift for friends and colleagues." -- Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health, London, and Honorary Visiting Professor at Roehampton University
"The charming pictures show psychotherapy working; the witty and brilliant notes explain how and why." -- Dr Stella Tillyard, author of Aristocrats
"It is a rare thing to find such an informative and accessible book. Recommended as a good way to get a picture of what happens in psychotherapy. -Diana Shmukler, Visiting Professor of Psychotherapy, Middlesex University, and formerly Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa "...this funny and enjoyable book will become required reading for psychotherapy students and would benefit anyone with even a casual interest in psychotherapy. Those who are thinking of consulting a therapist might 'dip their toe in' here, as might any lover of graphic fiction who relishes evesdropping on the lives of others..." --Paul Gravett, Graphic Medicine
"I've read hundreds of books about therapy and this is among the best…it has a wicked sense of humour and a great sense of style. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever considered therapy but been afraid to ask, for therapists who want to remind themselves why their profession matters and to anyone tempted to say that therapy is nonsense…"--Alain de Botton, The Times
"Couch Fiction is one of the most unusual graphic novels that I had read recently and it is also one of the best." --Bookgeeks.co.uk
What is it like to be a fly on a psychotherapist's wall? This compelling case study in the form of a graphic novel vividly explores a year's therapy sessions as a search for understanding and truth. Told in a witty and thought-provoking manner, each engagingly illustrated scene is accompanied by deft commentary.
About the Author
PHILIPPA PERRY (author) is a psychotherapist, psychotherapy supervisor and a fine art graduate living and practising in London. She is married to the artist Grayson Perry. In 1997 they put an advertisement in the local paper asking for a cleaner. One letter arrived a week after all the others. This is all it said: "I am Junko. I am Japanese. The Japanese are naturally tidy from birth. I will clean your house". Junko has been working with the Perry's ever since.
JUNKO GRAAT (illustrator) trained and worked as a graphic designer in Japan and came to England to study European horticulture. As well as housekeeping and illustrating this tale of psychotherapy, Junko is a landscape designer/gardener and has also designed Japanese hieroglyphics for some of Grayson's work. Junko is married to the gardener and furniture maker, Chris Graat.
ANDREW SAMUELS (afterword) is Professor of Analytical Psychology at Essex University and holds visiting chairs at New York, London and Roehampton universities. In addition to private practice as a Jungian Analyst, he works internationally with parties and leaders as a political consultant. Organisational and corporate clients include Tesco, Nokia, DelMonte, Ford, Everton FC, City of Tokyo, and the NHS. His most recent book was the award-winning Politics on the Couch.