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Working with Suicidal Clients: Talk Over Tick Boxes

  • 20th Jan 2022
  • Andrew Reeves

The focus of World Mental Health Day this year is suicide prevention. But when it comes to the accepted mainstream practice of risk assessment tools, are tick boxes and questionnaires getting in the way of potent therapeutic discourse? Dr Andrew Reeves, who has written extensively about working relationally with risk, calls for therapists to be brave, step forward, and really meet clients in their suicidal place.

Facing the Spectre of Suicide

  • 19th Jan 2022
  • Jamie Smith

Suicide will be a national topic of conversation today, as the Samaritans conducts its annual The Big Listen campaign. While therapists well understand the transformative power of listening, expressions of suicidality can challenge our capacity to accept and sit with a client’s feelings. And, as counselling lecturer Jamie Smith reminds us, therapists aren’t immune to societal misconceptions about suicide – or the pressures of our own motivations.

Suicidal Crisis: “The Single Most Important Factor in Why Our Clients Survive”

  • 17th Jan 2022
  • Joy Hibbins

The Suicide Crisis Centre in Gloucestershire has attracted international attention for its approach to helping clients survive. Joy Hibbins, who set up the charity following her own experience of suicidal crisis, shares her insights into what factors make the difference between life and death – and why an attitude of clinical distance may run counter to what is needed.

Advanced Integrative Therapy for Dissociative Identity Disorder 5/5: An Eight-Year-Old Part

  • 14th Jan 2022
  • Gill Frost

Terrifying dreams are common among clients with dissociative identity disorder, condemning all their internal parts to long, sleepless nights. But to which part do the nightmares belong, and why might this be important to ascertain? In the final part of her series on energy therapy for DID, therapist and author Gill Frost describes how she worked with one client’s eight-year-old alter to free her from her night terrors – and allow each of the client’s parts to sleep in peace.

Supporting Partners After a Suicide Attempt

  • 11th Jan 2022
  • Francis McGivern

Secondary trauma, relationship injury, ambiguous loss… the impact on partners following a suicidal crisis can be devastating, and yet their experiences are often overlooked. Dr. Francis McGivern, author of a recent book aiming to fill this clinical and societal silence, shares insights from his research and suggests some ways in which therapists might support partners in the wake of suicide attempts, from shadow feelings to post-traumatic growth.

Advanced Integrative Therapy for Dissociative Identity Disorder 4/5: A Baby Part

  • 7th Jan 2022
  • Gill Frost

As we get to know our client’s internal families, we may uncover different relationships and encounter very early parts. In the penultimate blog in her series on energy therapy for dissociative identity disorder, Gill Frost, author of The Girls Within, shares how she worked to heal a distressed baby part – by enlisting the help of another alter whose internal role was to take care of this very traumatised infant.

Useful Metaphors in Trauma Healing

  • 4th Jan 2022
  • Dan Roberts

Whether our subject is the slow process of therapy, the nature of dissociation or the relationship between parts and the Self, metaphors can be particularly helpful when communicating with trauma survivors. Schema therapist and founder of Heal Your Trauma, Dan Roberts, shares some of his favourite metaphors that serve to both psychoeducate and relationally engage clients with trauma histories.

How CFT can help clients survive Christmas

  • 21st Dec 2021
  • John-Paul Davies

Compassion Focused Therapy isn’t just for Christmas. But its identification of the ‘threat’, ‘drive’ and ‘contentment’ systems, and emphasis on empathy and compassion, can certainly help clients to navigate festive time with the family when tensions are running high. Psychotherapist, life coach and author John-Paul Davies shares some CFT survival strategies for the Christmas dinner table.

Advanced Integrative Therapy for Dissociative Identity Disorder 3/5: A Six-Year-Old Part

  • 20th Dec 2021
  • Gill Frost

To what part of our clients do which traumatic memories belong? How might we devise age-appropriate ways of working with an adult client’s child part? Continuing her blog series on energy therapy for dissociative identity disorder, therapist and author Gill Frost describes how she adapted Advanced Integrative Therapy to her client’s six-year-old alter – from agreeing an accessible measure of distress levels to playing a healing game of Simple Simon Says.

Supervision Since Covid: Have Your Needs Changed?

  • 14th Dec 2021
  • Kate Dunn

Are our supervision arrangements keeping pace with rapid changes in how we practice? Following her previous blog about offering blended or hybrid approaches, Kate Dunn, a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer who has been practising online since 2008, suggests some ways in which our supervision relationships, and requirements, may be shifting in the wake of Covid.