This book grew out of a symposium I organized at ISPS (The International Society for the Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) in Madrid in 2006, where I presented a number of successfully treated cases demonstrating the value of an Intensive psychotherapy of Schizophrenia. David Garfield, one of the discussants, did such a stellar job that we decided to put our heads together and collaborate on this book. As David and I thought about our book, it became clear that this would be a book about not only the psychotherapy of schizophrenia, but about the all important development of the self during the Intensive psychotherapy of schizophrenia.

I'd never been a Kohutian. In fact, until David told me that I was an intuitive self psychotherapist, I hadn't thought too much about the subject of self psychology, assuming that it was a given that we all had a sense of self.. I had always seen people as people with many different aspects, though often beset by myriad difficulties, including the belief in the reality of hallucinations and delusions, if overtly psychotic, or the belief in many different beings existing in them if they were somewhere on the Dissociative spectrum of disorders. So, I began to think about how I had begun and quickly practiced a method of treatment that seemed so self psychological.

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