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Gender Identity: The Importance of Personal Reflection

  • 6th Jul 2020
  • Madison-Amy Webb

Gender identity isn’t just a subject for our gender variant clients. We all have a gender identity, including those of us who may never have had cause to question it. Therapist and transgender consultant Madison-Amy Webb, the author of a recent practitioners guide to the subject, explains why giving thought to our own gender identity is an essential reflective practice for therapists.

Supporting Schools After Lockdown 5/7: Healing in Mutual Joy

  • 3rd Jul 2020
  • Emma Connor

Joy might not be the first item on the staff meeting agenda as schools reopen following the Covid-19 pandemic. But, argues Emma Connor, it can be the best medicine – for both pupils and teachers. In the fifth part of her blog series, the child psychotherapist and director of Your Space Therapies urges schools not to miss opportunities for mutual joy in the classroom, and suggests why a game of Hide and Seek should be in every teacher’s Covid-19 recovery box.

Acknowledging Fear in Supervision

  • 29th Jun 2020
  • Robin Shohet

Professionalism can be a mask that perpetuates imposter syndrome and prevents us really connecting with our supervisor. Robin Shohet, whose latest book explores the role and function of this relationship, explores the importance in supervision of sharing that which we most want to hide.

Supporting Schools After Lockdown 4/7: How I Held You in Mind

  • 26th Jun 2020
  • Emma Connor

Bowlby described the experience of being held in mind as one of life’s great privileges. How might teachers share this with children from whom they have been separated during lockdown? In the fourth part of her blog series supporting the reopening of schools, Emma Connor, child psychotherapist and director of Your Space Therapies, introduces some useful classroom resources for reinforcing invisible attachments, from ‘borrow boxes’ to therapeutic stories.

Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy: Who, What and Why

  • 24th Jun 2020
  • Hannah Clarke

Animal-assisted psychotherapy is on the rise. But what does it really entail, and who can it help? Hannah Clarke, equine-assisted psychotherapist, trainer and proud owner of Colin the Therapy Pig, explains the animal ‘magic’ – from establishing trust to exploring projections, and the transformative power of limbic resonance.

Supporting Schools After Lockdown 3/7: Loss in a New Form

  • 17th Jun 2020
  • Emma Connor

How can therapists help children and teachers to process the losses they experienced with lockdown? What is the link between a good goodbye and a healthy hello? In the third part of her blog series supporting the reopening of schools, Emma Connor, child psychotherapist and director of Your Space Therapies, outlines the importance of ritual and ceremony, ordering trauma, and facilitating a textured experience of loss.

Working with Borderline Personality Disorder

  • 15th Jun 2020
  • Marcus Evans

When it comes to helping clients with ‘borderline’ presentations, our capacity to contain and make sense of their underlying state of mind is vital. But it may also be uniquely tested. Ahead of an online training in June, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and former psychiatric nurse Marcus Evans outlines key features of working with BPD, including managing projections, the danger of premature interpretation, and the role of supervision in providing a psychic space where we can process often intense countertransference reactions.

Supporting Schools After Lockdown 2/7: Staff Mental Health

  • 12th Jun 2020
  • Emma Connor

Children don’t need their teachers to be heroes as they return to classrooms following the Covid-19 school closures. It’s much more important to be ‘good enough’. In the second part of her blog series supporting the reopening of schools, Emma Connor, child psychotherapist and director of Your Space Therapies, explains why the mental health of school staff must come first – and shares three simple ideas for helping teachers to emotionally self-regulate.

When Might Your Client Need a Psychiatrist?

  • 8th Jun 2020
  • Rachel Freeth

Counselling and therapy trainings rarely cover psychiatry in much depth. So what happens when the two fields overlap in practice? As an NHS psychiatrist trained in person-centred counselling, and the author of a new book about psychiatry for counsellors, Dr Rachel Freeth is often asked how therapists can gauge whether a psychiatric referral is in their client’s best interest. As she explains here, there are no easy answers – but understanding the factors at play in such a decision is a good place to start.

Supporting Schools After Lockdown 1/7: Rupture and Repair

  • 5th Jun 2020
  • Emma Connor

As schools begin to reopen their doors to more pupils this week, Emma Connor, child psychotherapist and director of Your Space Therapies, embarks on a vital blog series aimed at supporting children and teachers through this transition. Over the next seven Fridays, she will be introducing therapeutic ways of thinking and practical strategies that can help us all stand beside schools at this time – beginning with the opportunity, hidden within the rupture of school closures, for a profound and far-reaching experience of repair.