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The Orange Prize winner Suzanne Berne is on familiar ground with her fifth novel examining life in an affluent American village. Littlefield, Massachusetts, is named one of the 10 best places to live in America. Curiously, it also houses an unusually high number of psychotherapists. Clarice Watkins, a sociologist from the University of Chicago, decides to study Littlefield to find out exactly what makes it such a good place to live. She arrives to find a town at war, split between those who want their dogs to be off the leash in the local park and those who object. Opinions become more polarised when someone starts poisoning dogs and an undercurrent of fear pulses through the community.

Psychotherapeutic Notes: Ethical chaos in the consulting room

IN THE world of psychotherapy and counselling, the word "ethics" is usually used in a very narrow sense to mean, basically, that therapists and counsellors should not take advantage of their patients or clients - be that sexually, emotionally or financially.

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Health: Is your therapist a friend?

A good counsellor offers many of the qualities you might look for in a friendship. By Paul Gordon

Spirit of the Age: Adrift on the River of my Life

I WAS in a meadow. It was high summer and the grass was alive with a profusion of wild flowers, whites and yellows, bright purples and pale blues. It was a water-meadow in the upper reaches of one of the Yorkshire Dales where, the thought intruded, the flora had been allowed to regain its ancient glory (thanks to the wonder of the Common Agricultural Policy's set-aside provisions). But I put the notion out of my mind. I was looking for a river.

Ruling backs sex change surgery

THREE TRANSSEXUALS won a landmark case at the High Court yesterday, forcing a health authority to pay for their sex change surgery.

Working Life: 'Coming out' is hard to do

It's increasingly easy for gays to be themselves at work, says James Sherwood, but honesty still has its drawbacks

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Julie Wheelwright falls under the spell of some mythic femmes fatales

Letter: Jayne Zito pinpointed true cause of tragedies

A WEEK last Friday, a book I edited called Cruelty, Violence and Murder: understanding the criminal mind was launched. This is not an advertisement. It is part of the compelling (many would argue overwhelming) body of evidence from psychiatrists and researchers around the world - especially in the USA and Scandinavia - that supports Jayne Zito's call for improved therapeutic engagement with potential killers who are psychopathic or psychotic or both ("The Michael Stones of the future can be treated - but we must start now", 25 October).

Private Lives: Positive things come out of chaos

A Family Affair; When Virginia discovered that her husband of eight years was having an affair, and a divorce was imminent, the person she turned to was her mother, Jill. Now the two have written a book which they hope will help others in similar straits

Patients protest over abuse

MORE THAN 70 people a month are calling a charity with allegations of abuse about therapists, doctors, nurses and counsellors. Tighter regulations are needed urgently to clamp down on those who take advantage of their position to bully and abuse their clients, according to the new Prevention of Professional Abuse Network (Popan).

Obituary: Carolyn Douglas

CAROLYN DOUGLAS was the founding director of Exploring Parenthood (EP), a voluntary organisation set up to work with parents. She believed that all parents should have access to professionally based support systems. Through her work at EP, she was one of the key individuals instrumental in changing society's perception of the needs and role of parents, and the importance of parenting. The establishment of the National Parenting Institute earlier this year with funding from the Home Office was a culmination of Douglas's and EP's work.

Books: The private lives of Dr Sex

Sex - The Measure of All Things: A Life of Alfred C Kinsey by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy, Chatto pounds 20

All you know about kids is wrong

Children are formed by peers, not parents, claims Judith Harris, entirely at odds with mainstream thinking.

It ain't over 'til it's over

Infidelity, boredom, even downright misery - none of these is a reason to end a relationship if you really want it to last, says a new book. So should you stay or should you go? Sarah Litvinoff assesses a fresh approach
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