Undressing: James O’Neill in conversation with James Mann – Thursday 30th January, 7pm

£5.00£10.00

Psychotherapist James O’Neill discusses his first book Undressing with James Mann at Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop.

“O’Neill’s sensibility-in the plain and subtle artfulness of his sentences-is startling in its sympathetic intelligence, in his tact and his straightforwardness.” – Adam Phillips

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When therapist-in-training, James O’Neill, starts his placement at a therapy centre in West London, his first referral is Abraham, a silent and frightened young man in a tightly-zipped, hooded anorak. For the majority of their initial sessions, Abraham hardly speaks. But O’Neill gradually gains his trust and learns of the abuse and violence Abraham was subjected to as a child that caused him to hide away from the world – barely sleeping, too frightened to get undressed even in the shower.

 
Over the many years they meet, Abraham’s unfolding story and bravery inspires O’Neill to confront his own complicated past. Together they achieve something radical, as Abraham creates his own kind of therapy and teaches O’Neill to do the same.

 
James O’Neill is a psychotherapist with an independent practice in South London. He was born in Toronto into a large Irish Catholic family, made his way to London in 1977, where he taught history before starting therapy training. He completed an MSc in Counselling Psychology at Roehampton University, followed by a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training at the Philadelphia Association in Hampstead. He has been working in private practice for over thirty years. This is his first book.

 
James Mann is a psychotherapist working in Notting Hill and Holland Park.