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Fink, K. (1993). From Medicine to Psychotherapy by Mark Aveline. Published by Whurr Publishers, London, 1992; 275 pages; £15.00.. Brit. J. Psychother., 9(3):364-365.

(1993). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 9(3):364-365

From Medicine to Psychotherapy by Mark Aveline. Published by Whurr Publishers, London, 1992; 275 pages; £15.00.

Review by:
Klaus Fink

Mark Aveline has been a psychotherapist for 25 years and has written abundantly about it. This volume is a compilation of some of his thoughts and papers. The book is divided into three parts and 16 chapters. Part I deals with psychotherapy as such, Part II with group psychotherapy and Part III with training and supervision. Dr Aveline offers his ideas and opinions about all these subjects throughout the book and explains in theory and practice how he thinks, how he works and what he believes in. He is an eclectic psychotherapist who draws on all and every school of psychotherapeutic thought; he picks up what suits him best and applies it to his work.

Dr Aveline is the founder and soul of the Psychotherapy Department in Nottingham. In the prologue of his book he gives us a lively account of its beginnings, development and aims. We can see how and why he decides to do something and the result of his decisions. Reading through the book we gain a vivid image of Dr Aveline himself, his work and, most of all, his thoughts and philosophical principles. His left motiv seems to be most of all humanistic although he integrates into it whatever he sees as useful, whether it comes from psychoanalysis (Freudian and Kleinian), from Jung, Rogers, etc., and he seems able to produce a workable result.

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