This book speaks to the power of commitment and availability as a treatment tool to effect the most change. In traditional therapy the therapist sits on one side of the process and the client sits on the other. In Dr. Manswell's approach, the therapist, while still respecting the boundaries of therapist and client, becomes part of the solution. Trust, availability, respect, commitment and patience shared equally amongst these three key players makes the difference. Gambling addiction is such a puzzle to those not afflicted with this disability. Dr. Manswell and his clients help us gain insight into the thinking process and emotions that are at war within the gambler as they struggle to overcome the devastating hold gambling has over their lives. It is a story of pain, but more importantly it is a story of hope and of perseverance — and, finally, of success.
About the author
Clyde Manswell, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), IWCC lives in Winnipeg, MB. Clyde Manswell immigrated to Canada from Trinidad in 1957 to attend university, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Manitoba in 1961. After receiving his md degree in 1972 from the University of Ghent in Belgium, where he convocated with honours while studying in the Dutch language, Dr. Manswell returned to Canada and received his FRCP(C), Psychiatry Specialist Certificate at the University of Manitoba in 1978.
During the course of his 30-year practice, he gained a lot of experience and knowledge of people, and decided to begin writing some of it down after retirement. Dr. Manswell's first book, The Pledge: Challenges of the Pledge Between a Mother & Son, is an autobiography for which he receiveda plaque from the Nalis Library Organization in Trinidad on May 4, 2011. Published in 2010, The Pledge is a spiritual autobiography; making a pledge is important in developing perseverance, a skill Dr. Manswell had to exerciseduring his many years of studies and work.He is also the author of It Takes 2 to Tango, Maybe 3: a Serendipitous Discovery in the Treatment of VLT Gambling Addiction