I'm going to start by saying that every clinical psychologist should read this book, especially if you are interested in it or are just beginning. The author talks about her early days as a psychologist in training seeking her qualification and training with different kind of patients. As one would expect, she misreads a lot of situations and makes some mistakes which she herself realizes afterwards or her supervisor points them out. I think it takes a great deal of courage, humility and humanity to expose yourself like this in a book, especially in a profession where people might get the impression that a psychologist knows everything.
Each chapter is dedicated to a different unit where she worked with different patients with different diagnosis but it goes beyond that. It also talks about her personal thoughts about them, her insecurities about her own capabilities and if she is actually doing something to help them at all. The author does an excellent job of showing how a patient or client (whichever term you prefer) and his or her story sticks to you after each session and even when the therapeutical relationship is over. She communicates how she carries it everyday for the rest of her life, the good endings and the not so good endings. She recognizes her own limitations and how she used to fantasize with "curing" or "helping" everyone, among other ideas that she presents throughout the book.