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Helping Clients See into the Opaque Rehab Industry

  • 5th Sep 2019
  • Joe Nowinski

Rehab is on the rise for substance misuse. Yet it remains a largely hidden phenomenon, often obfuscated by slick marketing, and both therapists and the families of clients may feel cut off from the treatment. Dr. Joe Nowinski, PhD, clinical psychologist and addiction specialist, explains how we can support our clients to make a truly informed choice if they decide to enter rehab

The Therapeutic Role of Improv

  • 2nd Sep 2019
  • Robin Shohet

Improv games can offer wonderful insights into the unconscious, including observing the way in which we ‘block’ or ‘accept’ our partner’s suggestions. So why should theatre practitioners have all the fun? Supervision trainer Robin Shohet gets playful as he shares his growing interest in improv as a therapeutic tool.

The Psychodynamics of Dementia (1/5): Receiving a Diagnosis

  • 30th Aug 2019
  • Esther Ramsay Jones

There are limited talking therapy services for people with dementia. Yet psychotherapists can play an important role at every stage as this progressive condition unfolds. To mark the start of Alzheimer’s Month in September, psychotherapist and author Dr Esther Ramsay-Jones begins a five-part blog series on working psychodynamically in dementia care – beginning with the feelings that may attend a diagnosis.

The Importance of Place

  • 26th Aug 2019
  • Chris Rose

Our attachment to place is as profound and complex as our attachment to people. Chris Rose, editor of a new book about the connection between psychotherapy and psychogeography, considers how physical environment shapes our identity, and explains why we must attend to the ‘where’ of therapy, as well as the ‘when’ and ‘who’

Sex Addiction 7/7: Religious Practice

  • 23rd Aug 2019
  • Thaddeus Birchard

In the final blog of his series, Dr Thaddeus Birchard explores the relationship between sex addiction and religious practice. An Anglican priest turned psychosexual therapist, he highlights key links between the functions of sex and religion, from the abolition of negative affect to the rewards of ecstasy

Gaming in Therapy: An Introduction

  • 19th Aug 2019
  • Catherine Knibbs

What is gaming therapy, and how can it work within – rather than against – talking therapy? Ahead of a training in being a ‘tech ready therapist’, psychotherapist and technology enthusiast Catherine Knibbs introduces some current uses of computer games in therapy, from neurofeedback to narrative storytelling

Sex Addiction 6/7: Neuroscience

  • 16th Aug 2019
  • Thaddeus Birchard

Sharing the neuroscience of sex addiction with clients can help them to understand and circumnavigate their arousal chemistry, and relieve some of their guilt and shame. In the penultimate part of his blog series, psychosexual therapist Dr Thaddeus Birchard outlines the basics, from the role of vasopressin to the purpose of keeping an ‘urge diary’

The Psychology of Sunshine

  • 12th Aug 2019
  • Trevor Harley

How is the summer manifesting in your consulting room? What internal responses should psychotherapists be vigilant about when temperatures are high? Professor Trevor Harley, author of The Psychology of Weather, suggests a complex forecast

Sex Addiction 5/7: Internet Pornography

  • 9th Aug 2019
  • Thaddeus Birchard

In the fifth part of his blog series, psychosexual therapist Dr Thaddeus Birchard discusses the particular principles and problems of addiction to internet pornography, from ‘supernormal stimuli’ and the role of mirror neurons, to the two ways in which pornography addiction tends to escalate

The Body Isn’t Just Another Therapeutic Tool

  • 7th Aug 2019
  • Michael Soth

Body-oriented approaches used to be seen as the whacky fringe. Now, many therapeutic approaches are taking somatic processes seriously. But, suggests Michael Soth, there is a vast difference between ‘having’ a body and ‘being’ a body, between ‘using’ our bodies and ‘inhabiting’ them. To work effectively with the body, he argues, we must be mindful of the conflicted relationship between psyche and soma, and of the external relational dynamics between client and therapist.

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