The Skeleton Cupboard by Tanya Byron

The skeleton cupboard takes you on the journey of qualifying as a clinical psychologist. Tanya Byron talks through each of her placements in different areas of mental health and brings an understanding of how the psychologist can feel in these situations. This fiction book based on her experiences in training straddles the fiction/non-fiction boundary well. It doesn’t read like a story but you also don’t get bogged down in facts.


This is a very easy book to read. She doesn’t complicate the cases and is honest about how she dealt with the situations. Her book manages to humanise the psychologist as well as the patients.

I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in mental health, or becoming a mental health practitioner. I liked the way she explored the boundary between personal and professional opinion and the necessity to deal with those feelings properly.

3/5 stars

Get the book here The Skeleton Cupboard: The making of a clinical psychologist

I received this book from Mumsnet in exchange for a review.

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