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Interview with Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar

  • 28th Nov 2013
  • Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar

Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar shares his approach to Relational Body Psychotherapy, how he works with the body safely and the importance of learning edges. Interview by Polly McLean.

Ken Mellor: Intimate autonomy, a worthwhile goal with twins

  • 21st Oct 2013
  • Ken Mellor

My mother often used to tell the story that she was sitting with my twin brother and me near the bottom of the stairs at home. She was brushing ‘our hair.’ David went first. We were about four years old and he was squirming around and making her job difficult. ‘Stop moving Ken,’ she said and kept saying as he kept squirming. Finally, I said, ‘He’s David; I’m Ken!’ and I was not squirming. This scene was a foretaste of a confusion that would follow us into our adult lives, both when we were together and apart.

Politics on the couch? Psychotherapy and society - some possibilities and some limitations

  • 21st Sep 2013
  • Andrew Samuels

The ideas and practices of psychotherapy, together with fresh thinking from many other sources, can help to revitalize Western politics which seem broken and moribund. The author describes various professional experiences of his own at the interface of politics and psychotherapy. These include consulting with mainstream and activist politicians and groupings. He discusses how politics in the West is changing in the general direction of what he calls ‘transformative politics’. Third, he asks if psychotherapists can make a difference in the political world today, explaining that, though enthusiastic, he is also skeptical about the whole projec...

Lynda Howell: Twinhood: Sense of self and identity

  • 21st Aug 2013
  • Lynda Howell

Working with twins, particularly identical ones, challenges therapists to look beyond the individual and consider the influences of the client’s twinhood. In Transactional Analysis, theoretical emphasis often focuses on the influence of parents. Whilst this is an important factor, I submit that in order to facilitate growth and change in identical twin clients, therapists need to take account of the influence that their co-twins have on the development in utero of each other’s script protocols, senses of self, and identities.

Michael Soth on 'In an impossible profession, the therapist needs to fail.'

  • 30th Jul 2013
  • Michael Soth

In the last entry, I suggested that psychotherapy’s depth, impact and effectiveness would increase dramatically, if we took the notion of the ‘impossible profession’ not as a quip, but as an essential reality – as the paradoxical foundation of our work. Today – without yet delving into any deeper reasons or explanations - I will state the same point from the therapist’s perspective, by focusing on that interesting moment when the impossibility emerges as a crisis in the therapist’s professional identity which they bring to supervision...

Susie Orbach: Psychoanalysis’s discomfort with touch

  • 15th Jul 2013
  • Susie Orbach

That’s my squeeze machine . . . some people call it my hug machine. . . . it exerts a firm but comfortable pressure on the body, from the shoulder to the knees. As she lies in her machine . . . she feels that the machine opens a door into an otherwise closed emotional world and allows her, almost teaches her, to feel empathy for others. (Oliver Sacks, An Anthropologist from Mars pp. 263, 264)

Michael Soth on continuing development in an ‘impossible profession’?

  • 30th Jun 2013
  • Michael Soth

When counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and associated disciplines are called 'impossible professions', this is often understood as a tongue-in-cheek conversational quip, a collective exclamation of mock exasperation: "What can you do? It’s impossible!” - and then we continue as before...

Dr Aaron Balick on The Digital Economy of Recognition: the psychology of the socially networked self

  • 30th Jun 2013
  • Aaron Balick

This is a longtime adage often applied to the current state of the digital world where so much appears to be free, but this is only because the price tags are hidden from view. Whether it be Google Search, G-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or the very WordPress blog you are reading, the service is free, so where’s the catch? One of the catches is obvious and has been the source of so much news lately: privacy.

Professor Andrew Samuels on new developments in the Post-Jungian field

  • 10th Jun 2013
  • Andrew Samuels

In university settings, it is my habit to begin lectures on analytical psychology, especially to those not taking degrees in Jungian psychology, by asking those present to do a simple association exercise to the word "Jung." I ask them to record the first three things that come to mind.