A Therapist Confronts His Own Grief
(Basic, 1996)

Dead Reckoning: A Therapist Confronts His Own GriefAlmost a quarter century after his mother's suicide, and when he himself is 40-something, Treadway, who was born into a prominent New England hotel family, finds his own life unraveling. The tragic event of his mother's death had scarcely seemed to affect him as a young man. Now there is a black hole hardening into a permanent emptiness. This despite a solid marriage, lively personal interests, and an expanding career as a psychotherapist in Massachusetts. He seeks help from another therapist, as well as asking his father, siblings, aunts and uncles for written memories of the past. This is a well-written memoir enriched by a number of narrative devices: parallels between what Treadway's patients are experiencing and his own problems; revelations of his own therapy; excerpts from his family's recollections; and incidents from his ongoing life. This is an encouraging demonstration of how a psychological search into the past reopens and begins to heal old wounds.

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