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What is Disordered Eating?

  • 4th Mar 2020
  • Howard Farkas

The term eating disorder is easily defined, with reference to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. But what about disordered eating? To coincide with Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Dr Howard Farkas, a clinical psychologist and author specialising in emotional overeating, makes the case for paying more attention to clients with disordered eating behaviours – and explains how to distinguish this from merely atypical eating.

Rejecting Diet Culture in Clinical Work

  • 3rd Mar 2020
  • Judith Matz

Helping clients with eating issues means understanding the diet mentality and addressing our own biases regarding body size. To mark the start of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, therapist and author Judith Matz critiques diet culture, explains the importance of attuned or intuitive eating – and urges clinicians to watch out for ‘diets in disguise’.

Love & Psychotherapy (3/5): The Therapeutic Relationship, Erotic Transference

  • 28th Feb 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 two vignettes around compassion and erotic transference in the therapeutic relationship

A Rights-Based Approach to Working with Refugees

  • 25th Feb 2020
  • Jude Boyles

Empowering clients to speak up for their rights is a complicated business – especially when they have arrived in the UK via refugee camps and war zones. Therapists may find themselves working with guilt and fear, and needing to encourage a sense of justice in the consulting room. 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 fifth occasional blog about this work, she recalls clients who have been reticent to challenge and complain

Love & Psychotherapy (2/5): Attachment and Neuroscience

  • 21st Feb 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 look at attachment research, mirror neurons and the contributions of Polyvgal Theory.

What is Trauma Healing?

  • 18th Feb 2020
  • Janina Fisher

If processing is not ‘healing,’ then what is? This is the question internationally renowned trauma specialist Dr Janina Fisher began pondering five years ago. Ahead of a special PESI UK training in March, she explains why trauma treatment needs rethinking – and why ‘healing’ needs defining.

Love & Psychotherapy (1/5): What is Love?

  • 14th Feb 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? On Valentine’s Day, Dr Divine Charura, editor of Love and Therapy, kick-starts a five-part series on the role of love in life and psychotherapy. Today, he explains his fascination with the topic, and outlines eight types of love.

Self-Care for Practitioners in the Caring Industry

  • 10th Feb 2020
  • Counselling Directory

We all understand the value of self-care, but often those of us in caring professions find it very hard to walk the talk. As part of a new partnership with PESI UK, Counselling Directory offers five tips for ensuring you are getting the replenishment and support all practitioners need, from regular peer get-togethers to being clear of your own boundaries

Enhancing Empowerment with Survivors of Sexual Violence

  • 6th Feb 2020
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

Sexual abuse and violence are profoundly disempowering. To mark Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, psychotherapist Erene Hadjiioannou, author of a forthcoming textbook on working with survivors, explains how we can co-create an empowering clinical environment by enabling clients to make choices around practical matters and language use.

Psychotherapy with Children Whose Families are in Crisis

  • 4th Feb 2020
  • Deirdre Dowling

When a playful quality begins to enter sessions, child psychotherapist Deirdre Dowling knows an important shift is occurring for her client. In this blog to coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week, the author considers the challenges of working with young people who, due to crises in the family, have experienced the cumulative trauma of unmet developmental needs. What can get missed in brief interventions, she suggests, is the vital importance of developing these children’s capacity to play.