Robert W. Firestone, PhD, psychologist and author, has been
affiliated with the Glendon Association as its consulting theorist
since its inception. His innovative ideas related to psychotherapy,
couple and family relationships, suicide, parenting, and
existential issues have been the inspiration and cornerstone of
Glendon's research and publications.
From 1957 to 1979, Dr. Firestone was engaged in the private practice of psychotherapy as a clinical psychologist working with a wide range of patients. From that time up to the present he has worked with high-functioning individuals in group settings, amplifying his original ideas on schizophrenia and applying these concepts to a comprehensive theory of neurosis.
Dr. Firestone's studies on negative thought processes and their associated effects have led to the development of Voice Therapy, an advanced therapeutic methodology to uncover and contend with aspects of self-destructive and self-limiting behaviors.
Dr. Firestone is the author of many books, most recently The Self Under Siege- A Therapeutic Model for Differentiation, with Lisa Firestone and Joyce Catlett.
"Poignant and profound. Overcoming the Destructive Inner Voice presents case studies by Robert W. Firestone. His work has always been, and remains, at the cutting edge of theory and clinical practice. A joy to read--for clinicians, researchers, and people interested in fostering personal growth and social progress."
--Sheldon Solomon, professor of psychology, Skidmore College,
and coauthor of The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in
Life "Unearthing the origins of one's inner critic is the
premise of psychologist Firestone's compilation of illustrative
real-life therapy sessions. The author believes unexpressed
emotions often lie at the root of physical and mental discomfort,
and unearthing these causes is at the center of his approach.
Rounding off these 11 personal accounts is an appendix that plainly
illustrates the how-tos of voice therapy, making it clear that
anyone can practice it with or without a therapist. . . .
Professionals in the field of psychology will find the book repays
the reading time with plenty of insight." --Publishers
Weekly "A very special book that is destined to join the
seminal books of psychotherapy. Overcoming the Destructive Inner
Voice is written in the tradition of Yalom's Love's
Executioner and Whitaker and Napier's The Family
Crucible. This book is both a literary and a psychological
treasure. The eleven touching and beautiful stories perform a type
of narrative therapy for the reader. Dr. Firestone increases the
reader's self-awareness just like he does in his real-life
voice-therapy sessions. Readers will feel as if they are in the
room as the highlights of the therapy process unfold, and they will
learn how internalized voices guide an individual's feelings and
actions in life. This is a book that you will read over and over. A
must-read for therapists and all others who want to know about how
to change and grow through talk therapy." --Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD,
ABPP, Distinguished Professor, Adler University, Chicago "This book
is a wonderful surprise. It is so well-written and informative. We
learn a bit about Dr. Firestone's life and quite a bit about his
work. The stories about his clients were fascinating." --Violet
Oaklander, PhD, author of Windows to Our Children
"Firestone takes us on a journey to discover who we are and why we sometimes hurt ourselves emotionally. . . . Each case will touch the reader intellectually and emotionally, and will reveal that Dr. Firestone understands the human condition and, more important, how to make it better. This book is a must-read not only for students training to be psychotherapists but also for anyone wanting to learn more about what it means to be totally human." --Stephen Nowicki, PhD, ABPP, Candler Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Emory University, and author of Choice or Chance: Understanding Your Locus of Control and Why It Matters