Primary Socialisation and Psychotherapy

How old are our problems?   Does thinking about our experience of primary socialisation help us find a way to live better? “I need help with my anxiety.  I am getting really stressed about my relationship.  I am worried about my … Read More

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Clinical Audit

For as long as I can remember I have struggled to manage my emotions. Everything will be fine one moment, and then out of the blue something will go wrong. I will start to feel a deep sense of injustice … Read More

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Rethink Mental Illness

What is meant when it is asserted that someone is mentally ill? In this essay I shall describe the main uses of the concept of mental illness, and I shall argue that this notion has outlived whatever cognitive usefulness it … Read More

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Expecting Too Much

What it would be like if you could stop expecting too much? If you could let things develop in their own way. My old girlfriend used to say I was too reactive.  I couldn’t see it at the time, but … Read More

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Countertransference

I am very sensitive to other people, to how they react to me.  It’s like I have a 6th sense. I instinctively know what they think of me.  I think it’s like my superpower.  I pick up on things really … Read More

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Wishful Thinking

If I am honest with myself, I think a lot of the time I am wishing for things to be better rather than finding a way of doing something that changes the way things go.  I know I can get … Read More

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Post Traumatic Growth

This post is a response to an article by Martin Seligman Building Resilience, which was originally published in the Harvard Business Review, April 2011. It seems ironic to me, that the testing ground of positive psychology became the US Army.  … Read More

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Uroboros and Personal Transformation

“The lockdown happening sent me into a tailspin.  I had been working hard to get my café off the ground, healthy fresh food at affordable prices.  There was nothing like it in my local town.  We were starting to go … Read More

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Separation and Isolation

Sometimes I dream that I am playing a game of hide and seek.  I have gone off to hide somewhere in a big house.  I find a good place and then I sit really still and wait for someone to … Read More

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Secure Base Model

The Secure Base model is intended to provide a positive framework within which therapeutic caregiving can be developed.  The aim is to help people move towards greater security and to build resilience. It was developed by Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek … Read More

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