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Depression Awareness Week

April 20th, 2016

This is depression awareness week – depression can be one of the hardest things to understand for those who have never experienced it, something which can make those trapped in its grip feel even more despairing.  The article by Tim Lott in…

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“The Wizard of Oz”

February 4th, 2016

I sometimes find myself, when trying to explain to a client about the impact unconscious fantasies have on us, talking about the Wizard of Oz, strange as that may seem. When we are in the grip of unconscious fantasies – for example…

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“Sing before breakfast”

January 11th, 2016

When I was a child, my mother had a saying which had come to her from her mother: “Sing before breakfast, cry before supper”.  Looking back, it was a rather depressing motto: at its core was an idea that we should not…

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Therapy Wars: The Revenge of Freud

January 7th, 2016

A very valuable article by Oliver Burkeman in today’s Guardian – Therapy Wars: The Revenge of Freud –  about the efficacy of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically based therapies

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Reframing the relationship

January 4th, 2016

So often – in fact, perhaps always – the work of therapy is about reframing a relationship someone has.  A relationship with an internalised figure from the past, rather than a real person in the present, but one in which so much…

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Discrimination and HIV

November 14th, 2015

An important article in The Guardian this week indicating that around 1 in 4 people with HIV don’t know it, with inevitable impacts on the spread of the virus.  And that many of these people avoid knowing their HIV status for fear…

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Cultural competencies

October 27th, 2015

As a coalition of psychotherapy organisations met yesterday (a meeting which sadly I could not attend) to discuss how we further the work of the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy, it feels important to return to the role which cultural competence…

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Tavistock Adult Depression Study

October 2nd, 2015

The first ever randomised controlled trial in the NHS has demonstrated that psychoanalytic therapy is significantly more effective than current NHS treatments when dealing with severe depression. Over a three-and-a-half year study, it was seen that 44% patients who had undergone 18…

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“Good selfishness”

September 23rd, 2015

I often find that in working with clients, it can be difficult for them to believe in themselves, their own sense of self, or their own self-worth. This can arise from developmental experiences which can leave them feeling ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’, and…

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On Anger

September 9th, 2015

I often find myself talking about the importance for a client of being able to own and process their own anger. Too often, we deny our anger, and suppress it from consciousness when the psychological implications are intolerable – we may for…

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