Nearer to the Heart's Desire: Tales of Psychotherapy

George Weinberg, Author Grove/Atlantic $22.5 (237p) ISBN 978-0-8021-1471-6
A New York City psychotherapist and author of The Taboo Scarf offers eight generally interesting accounts of his encounters with patients. A skilled observer, Weinberg adds his responses and developing assessments to his descriptions of those who come to him for help: the brash and vulnerable young comic disturbed by voices in her head; a quiet bachelor struggling with powerful impulses to strangle his young niece; an eccentric older woman whose daughter wants sent to a nursing home. In many cases, therapy is terminated before the story is resolved or Weinberg is able to ``save'' the patient he has come to care for. Yet in his attentive, compassionate descriptions these people, and their private mysteries, come to matter. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/03/1992
Release date: 08/01/1992
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-0-452-27090-9
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