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SSC Newspaper : April 2012
28 Strathfield Scene april2012 people By Sarah Macklin Sex. Drink. And rock ‘n’ roll. Homebush author and psychotherapist Therese Yacoub admits she did it all in her younger days. When her mother died at an early age after experiencing physical and verbal violence from her father, Yacoub sunk into panic attacks, depression and hallucinations. No wonder – at the age of 19, she was trying her best to keep her twin brother and baby sister safe from her father’s unpredictable moods. Wild parties and booze seemed to distract her from her pain as she was growing up in Australia in a traditional Egyptian Coptic family. “My mother willed herself to death through breast cancer at the age of 42,” recalled Yacoub in her favourite Homebush cafe over a pot of tea and Turkish toast. “My mother was a very traditional homemaker, a nurturer, but my father was showing signs of paranoia and schizophrenia. And as a good girl from an Egyptian family, sex was something shrouded in mystery.” The search for meaning drew her to psychoanalysis – sessions that even- tually stretched out over 19 years. There she found the confidence to learn how to trust her instincts again, awaken her intuition and explore her spirit and spirituality. “Therapy rebuilt and reactivated who I am,” she explained. Her book Sex, Spirit and the Soul of Therapy was written with her former partner Christian de Quincy, and published in New York last year by Raider Publishing. Now Yacoub has qualified as a psychotherapist herself, helping other clients through her personal develop- ment business Promethian. Though based in Homebush for the past five years or so, she also spends stretches of several weeks at a time in New York where, she says, she “networks like crazy all the time.” “Most of my clients are in New York. Americans are quite open to new ideas and change, whereas Aus- tralians tend to be more conservative in their ideas about therapy and per- sonal development,” Yacoub explains. As yet, she has no plans to work on another book, instead choosing to focus on passing on the messages distilled through her experiences. And she’s working on a series of workshops in personal development to be held in July. Her passion in helping others re- flect the kindness, trust and openness she has developed through therapy. As a full-time mother to two teen- age children, Jonah and Cairo, she’s also often busy juggling appointments with the school run. Can women, in fact, have it all? “You can have alot of fun in trying to have it all,” laughs Yacoub. You can find out more about Yacoub’s work and philosophy at her website, www.promethian.org. Sex, Spirit and the Soul of Therapy, by Therese Yacoub with Christian de Quincy, is published by Raider Publishing. Writer sets her spirit free And as a good girl from an Egyptian family, sex was something shrouded in mystery. 6 Large Corner Lounge CLOSING DOWN SALE UPTO ALL FLOORSTOCK! MAKE US AN OFFER! NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED! 80%OFF Super Quality Italian Leather Top Quality Italian Leather - 3 + 2 + 1 BELLA VISTA 2/1 CELEBRATION DR (UDR AAMI BLDG, CNR OLD WINDSOR RD) UNDERCOVER PARKING PH: 8883 4840 1 2 3 4 5