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The Making of Them

Nick Duffell

I was homesick during the whole of my first term at St.Peter’s. Homesickness is a bit like seasickness. You don’t know how awful is it till you get it, and when you do, it hits you right in the top of the stomach and you want to die. The only comfort is that homesickness and seasickness are ... Read more

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Lost for Words

Joy Schaverien

Psychotherapy is about the making of meaning. It helps to give people a language for otherwise inexpressible feelings. This is never more important than with the boarding school graduate. This is because many who attended boarding schools, especially those who went to prep schools ... Read more

Gay Boarding School Survivors

Working With Gay Boarding School Survivors

Marcus Gottlieb

In the past five years I have worked in groups with about 40 fellow boarding school survivors and corresponded, spoken and shared experiences with dozens of others. More recently, I have worked as a psychotherapist with around 20, most of whom have been gay, lesbian or ... Read more


Reflections of a Survivor

Thurstine Basset

I didn’t plan it that way but 60 years after first being left by my parents in a strange and unfriendly institution, a prep school in Berkshire, and 50 years after finally leaving boarding school and putting the experience behind me, I got to write a book about it. Of course, when I say I had put the experience ... Read more


Some thoughts on the Men’s Boarding School Survivors workshops

Darrel Hunneybell

I am a psychotherapist, working with individuals and groups. I have been a mental health professional for over 25 years, both for the NHS and local Government, latterly as a manager of crisis and residential services, I also ... Read more

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Extract from Nicola Miller’s presentation on November 14th 2009

Nicola Miller

Women want to feel safe to tell their stories as their emotional bodies remember them. The stories that are told on these workshops are at odds with many of the beliefs they have held dear. ‘My parents did their best ... Read more

Boarding school syndrome

Boarding school syndrome: The symptoms and long-term psychological effects

Rosemary Lamaison

Boarding School Syndrome is increasingly recognized as a specific syndrome by psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors. Many adults are suffering long-term emotional ... Read more

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