Category Archives: Individual psychotherapy

Series: “what does a psychotherapy session look like?”

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1- The initial consultation Abstract: People considering psychotherapy and researching the topic and looking online for practitioners are not readily presented with material that will give them a concrete idea of what goes in a session. This is partly a result of the fact that each course of therapy is unique to the individual, and it … Continue reading Series: “what does a psychotherapy session look like?”

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Article review – Peter Fonagy on psychotherapy in the NHS

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Article review – Peter Fonagy on psychotherapy in the NHS I am reading Martin Pollecoff”s interview of Peter Fonagy in the Psychotherapist, the magazine of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, of which I am a member, and find myself resonating with Pollecoff’s concern that “in IAPT (increasing access to psychological Therapies) you have people who … Continue reading Article review – Peter Fonagy on psychotherapy in the NHS

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Integrative psychotherapy and coaching – how do the two mix?

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Integrative psychotherapy and coaching – how do the two mix? As published in the Autumn edition of the Newsletter for the Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals (AICTP) Coaching interventions in psychotherapy: challenges to the transferential relationship As I was looking for inspiration to write this short piece about how we can draw upon our coaching … Continue reading Integrative psychotherapy and coaching – how do the two mix?

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Four elemental questions for therapeutic psychology: a personal view

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In this article, David Zigmond, who is a GP, Psychiatrist and psychotherapist, gives us four fundamental questions to ponder when we see patients for psychotherapy. Zigmond is concerned that the medical model, prevalent in the NHS, does not equip us with the mindset that is necessary for an authentic encounter. He proposes four fundamental questions … Continue reading Four elemental questions for therapeutic psychology: a personal view

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Nature versus nurture – more grist to the mill

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This recent article by the Guardian, “Why do identical twins end up leading such different lives?” adds yet more weight to the argument that even though our genes may predispose us to certain traits, and therefore give us strengths and vulnerabilities, our epigenetic makeup, i.e., the pattern by which certain genes are expressed or not through of our interactions with the world, will make a huge contribution to the building of our personality.

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In a few words: depression combined with anxiety

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Depression with Anxiety: a common problem Very often, psychotherapists in London and elsewhere will mention under the same breath that they help people with “anxiety and depression”, almost as if it were one and the same thing. This is probably because, according to the ONS, there are almost three times more people who suffer from both depression and … Continue reading In a few words: depression combined with anxiety

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What is integrative psychotherapy?

Defining integrative psychotherapy is a little bit harder than defining other approaches because, in doing so, one has to go against the perception that integrative psychotherapy is a smorgasbord of several other better defined approaches. The European Association for Psychotherapy says of integrative psychotherapy that it “affirms the importance of a unifying approach to persons. … Continue reading What is integrative psychotherapy?

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Multilingualism, self-experience and psychotherapy: a lecture and seminar at the contemporary Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

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As part of my ongoing academic work in psychotherapy and counselling, gave a lecture and facilitated a seminar on multilingualism, self-experience and psychotherapy, which was titled “The multilingual experience in psychotherapy” My aim was to show that a person’s ability to use different languages has a profound impact on the way their relationship to themselves and … Continue reading Multilingualism, self-experience and psychotherapy: a lecture and seminar at the contemporary Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

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