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“I Wonder If…” : How Our Gentle Curiosity Can Confuse Refugee Clients

  • 27th Nov 2019
  • Jude Boyles

We are trained to pace our interventions and couch questions in tentative reflections. But this indirectness can be baffling – and actively misleading – for refugee clients. Jude Boyles is the Manager and a therapist of a Refugee Council therapy service based in South Yorkshire, offering therapy to Syrian refugees resettled via the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme (VPRS). In her fourth occasional blog about this work, she explores the challenge of making the therapeutic dialogue accessible across cultures.

Postnatal Depression… in Men

  • 25th Nov 2019
  • Olivia Spencer

The mental health of new mothers has come under increasing focus. Yet the psychological pressures of fatherhood are often overlooked. In fact, as Olivia Spencer has discovered, postnatal depression is not confined to women. To coincide with Movember, the author and researcher shares some of the social and psychoanalytic factors at play for new fathers – and explains why male postnatal depression is in danger of passing under even the therapist’s radar.

Tackling Child Sexual Abuse (3/5): Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Children

  • 22nd Nov 2019
  • Juliet Grayson

Psychotherapist Juliet Grayson works at the root of sexual offending. Her client base includes those people who are at risk of committing a sexual crime, as well as those who have already done so. She is passionate about encouraging more therapists to work with this client group, in order to ‘Stop the First Offence’ rather than wait until a crime has been committed. In the third of five blogs about her work, she tackles the difficult issues surrounding children who commit a sexual offence.

Men in Therapy: Four Trends I’ve Noticed

  • 19th Nov 2019
  • Graham Allen

What current trends are we seeing in therapeutic presentations among men? Graham Allen is a psychodynamic psychotherapist with a sideline in league cricket and fitness instructing, who takes a particular interest in men’s mental health. To mark International Men’s Day, he reflects on four developments he has observed in his consulting room, from changes in the world of work to the impact of #Metoo.

Tackling Child Sexual Abuse (2/5): The Internet

  • 15th Nov 2019
  • Juliet Grayson

Psychotherapist Juliet Grayson works at the root of sexual offending. Her client base includes those people who are at risk of committing a sexual crime, as well as those who have already done so. She is passionate about encouraging more therapists to work with this client group, in order to ‘Stop the First Offence’ rather than wait until a crime has been committed. In the second of five blogs about her work, she discusses the use of the internet in offending.

An Existential Take on Alcohol Addiction

  • 12th Nov 2019
  • Ryan Kemp

What can an existential lens bring to our understanding of alcohol addiction? To mark the start of Alcohol Awareness Week, Dr Ryan Kemp, author of Transcending Addiction, explains how our relationship with our emotions, our personal narratives and our bodies can become distorted through alcohol. What clients who misuse alcohol are caught up in, he suggests, is a profound struggle between authenticity and alienation.

Tackling Child Sexual Abuse (1/5): Paedosexuality

  • 8th Nov 2019
  • Juliet Grayson

Psychotherapist Juliet Grayson works at the root of sexual offending. Her client base includes those people who are at risk of committing a sexual crime, as well as those who have already done so. She is passionate about encouraging more therapists to work with this client group, in order to ‘Stop the First Offence’ rather than wait until a crime has been committed. In the first of five blogs about her work, she discusses paedophilia and paedosexuality.

Therapists’ Stress: Who in Your Internal Family System is Activated

  • 6th Nov 2019
  • Tracy Jarvis

Can countertransference usefully be understood as a form of nervous system stress? And how might the Internal Family System model help therapists to apprehend and work with such experiences? To mark National Stress Awareness Day, Tracy Jarvis Director of PESI UK and UKCP registered psychotherapist, suggests a fascinating new way to conceptualise stress in the consulting room, and offers some tips for tracking, reading and regulating our stress responses

Medically Unexplained Symptoms (4/4): Depression

  • 1st Nov 2019
  • Helen Payne

NHS treatments for medically unexplained symptoms tend to focus on either the physical or the psychological aspect. This has led Professor Helen Payne, one of the leaders in embodied psychotherapy, to devise the BodyMind Approach, which uses creative expression to help people listen to their body’s signals and self-manage symptoms. In the last of four blogs, she explores the interrelatedness of chronic pain and depression, and reveals how conceiving of her symptom as a dam in a river helped one woman manage her symptom.

Compassion Focused Therapy: Turning up For Yourself

  • 31st Oct 2019
  • Chris Irons

Helping our clients to cultivate high levels of self-compassion can assist them in transforming their relationship with themselves. Dr Chris Irons, a clinical psychologist and specialist in Compassion Focused Therapy, introduces an approach that is increasingly helping clients with a wide range of psychological difficulties, and explains why learning to practice self-compassion involves real strength and courage.

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