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Family Life During the Pandemic (1/5): Keeping It In the Family

  • 27th Mar 2020
  • Annette Byford

Families are now facing one of two highly pressurised new realities: not seeing each other at all, or seeing each other all of the time. How might our clients’ families be responding to the imposed changes, and how can we help them adjust? Psychotherapist and author Annette Byford begins a five-blog series on the family system during the coronavirus crisis with a consideration of coping mechanisms, and how separateness and togetherness have individual meanings for each of us.

Anticipatory Grief and the Corona Crisis

  • 25th Mar 2020
  • Esther Ramsay Jones

Denial, anger, depression, bargaining… we are likely to be encountering all of these reactions to the current covid-19 pandemic in our clients, as well as in ourselves. Dr Esther Ramsay-Jones, a psychotherapist and lecturer in Death Dying and Bereavement, suggests how the concept of anticipatory grief might help us to understand our shifting emotional positions at this time – and begins to imagine what acceptance might look like.

Caring Through Crises: How Therapist Anxiety Might be Manifesting

  • 24th Mar 2020
  • Sarah Van Gogh

Panicky exchanges about preferred online platforms have been common among therapists this week. Worrying over details may be a distraction from our primal anxiety in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Sarah Van Gogh – who offers some grounding for those experiencing hopelessness and overwhelm as we continue to care for clients through this crisis.

Mothering, Scarification and Trauma in the Time of Corona

  • 21st Mar 2020
  • Jane G Goldberg

With whole cities and countries now in quarantine, many mothers and children will be spending Mother’s Day apart this Sunday. Meanwhile, parents the world over are beginning to worry about the long-term impact of the pandemic on our children. Psychoanalyst and mother Jane G Goldberg considers the relationship between trauma and transformation, from the meaning our ancestors gave to scars to Freud’s thoughts on birth, and the role of challenges and crises in the forging of identity.

How to Help Children Cope with the Coronavirus Emergency

  • 19th Mar 2020
  • Kenneth Barish

On Friday, UK schools will join others around the world in closing due to the coronavirus crisis. How will family life need to change? Child therapist and Clinical Professor of Psychology Kenneth Barish draws on his conversations with families who are already living through this, to suggest four key ways in which parents can be supported to help children through this time.

How to Go Online: Counselling During the Coronavirus

  • 16th Mar 2020
  • Suzie Mosson

The current health crisis means many counsellors are considering taking their practice online for the first time. Therapist Suzie Mosson, a director of Online Training for Counsellors, has some expert advice for practitioners looking to make this move, from reviewing insurance and fees to choosing a webcam programme and re-contracting with your client. Top of her list of guidance? Don’t panic – plan.

Love and psychotherapy (5/5): Endings

  • 13th Mar 2020
  • Divine Charura

Love is fundamental to human lives, cropping up repeatedly in client narratives and consulting room dynamics. But how much do we understand about it? Dr Divine Charura, editor of Love and Therapy, concludes his five-part series on the role of love in life and psychotherapy with some reflections on the importance of facilitating a good ending in therapy.

Working with Avoidant Attachment: Early Stages

  • 10th Mar 2020
  • Linda Cundy

How might we begin to work with clients with avoidant attachment patterns? In her third blog about working with highly defended clients, Attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist Linda Cundy shares how she has engaged clients who have learned to hide their needs and avoid commitment.

Love and psychotherapy (4/5): Community

  • 6th Mar 2020
  • Divine Charura

Love is fundamental to human lives, cropping up repeatedly in client narratives and consulting room dynamics. But how much do we understand about it? Dr Divine Charura, editor of Love and Therapy, continues his five-part series on the role of love in life and psychotherapy with a consideration of the power of community and the psychotherapist’s potential to be an agent of social change.

Understanding the Pressures on PhD Students

  • 5th Mar 2020
  • Rachel E. Morgan

Anxiety and depression are on the rise among PhD students. But therapists working with students aren’t always aware of the very particular pressures clients in this group are under. To mark University Mental Health Day, psychodynamic counsellor Rachel E. Morgan, who works at two university counselling services, shares insights from her practice – and from her own time as a PhD student and postdoctoral researcher.