Larger than Life: Six Women and their Battle with Obesity as seen through the Eyes of a Dramatherapist

Author(s) : Ian Robertson, Author(s) : Katerina Couroucli-Robertson

Larger than Life: Six Women and their Battle with Obesity as seen through the Eyes of a Dramatherapist

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : July 2017
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
    Forthcoming
  • Category 2 :
    Eating Disorders
  • Catalogue No : 39637
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782205548
  • ISBN 10 : 1782205543
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Larger than Life is aimed at anyone interested in the causes of obesity and its treatment. It describes a dramatherapeutic intervention of twelve sessions in which six women take part. The reader is taken behind the scenes and experiences what it means to be overweight or obese, the despair and depression that can result from failed attempts to become slim, as well as the satisfaction and joy that can come from effective therapy.

The book begins with a discussion on the issue of obesity, attitudes to large women through the ages, current ways of dealing with the problem, and why psychotherapy might be an effective method of treatment. The six participants in the research are then introduced in the form of an initial interview, in which we find out about their attitudes to food and eating and the problems they face in their everyday lives. This is followed by a discussion of dramatherapy and why it might be an effective means of treating eating disorders. Then, the twelve sessions are transcribed, including much of the dialogue that takes place, an explanation of the activities, as well as commentary on the progress made by the participants. In an interview at the end of the intervention, the participants talk about the group and what they felt they gained from it. The therapist then summarises what she considers was achieved. Finally, in brief telephone conversations that take place three years later, the possible long-term effects of the intervention are discussed with the participants.

Reviews and Endorsements

‘Ian Robertson and Katerina Couroucli-Robertson’s new book is a compelling argument for applying dramatherapy to the treatment of women who struggle with obesity. They describe a highly creative process thoughtfully and sensitively. In the end, the validation for their work lies in both the creative process of dramatherapy and in the relationship they foster with the clients, which, over time, yields significant change.’
— Robert Landy, PhD, Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology, Founding Director, Drama Therapy Program, New York University

Larger than Life is a very important book both for dramatherapists and for people working with obesity issues. It contains detailed descriptions of the six people involved in the therapy, the methods and techniques, outcome interviews and therapeutic reflections. A must for all psychotherapists, their clients and their families.’
— Sue Jennings, Leader of Research at the Institute of Neuro-Dramatic-Play, Honorary Professor at the University of Derby, and Professor of Play, European Dramatherapy Federation

About the Author(s)

Ian Robertson is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he studied French and Spanish Language and Literature, and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. He lives in Greece, where he works as a teacher, actor, translator and writer. He has written a number of English Language Teaching books as well as novels, short stories and poems. Recently, he co-authored Before You Let the Sun In, which was published in Greek by Nefeli Athens.

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Dr ?aterina Couroucli-Robertson was born in England and brought up in Greece by her English mother and Greek father. She is a psychotherapist with a PhD in Dramatherapy from Surrey University. She is also a teacher in special education, Head of Studies at the Herma Institute of Dramatherapy and Playtherapy, and an external lecturer at the University of Thessaly. She is the director of a theatre group for V.S.A. Hellas (Very Special Arts) made up of people with and without learning difficulties, and has published numerous articles on Dramatherapy as well as the book Before You Let the Sun in, written in collaboration with her husband Ian Robertson, which comprises a collection of stories based on her work as a Dramatherapist.

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