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‘Tree of Life’ Practice with Refugee Clients

  • 14th Jun 2021
  • Sheetal Amin

The Tree of Life is a narrative therapy intervention that grounds people in their past and present communities. As we mark Refugee Week 2021, with its theme of ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist Sheetal Amin talks us through this approach and explains how it has helped her refugee clients to reclaim their roots and grow new connections.

Sexual Violence 3/5: Working Relationally

  • 11th Jun 2021
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

How can we sustain a safe relational connection with survivors of sexual violence? In the third part of her series about working with survivors, Erene Hadjiioannou, author of a forthcoming textbook, addresses the therapeutic challenges and opportunities – and shares her work with one client for whom playing cards was vital groundwork.

Covid-19 Intensive Care Experiences

  • 7th Jun 2021
  • Christina Jones

Flashbacks and recurrent nightmares are among the issues bringing those who have spent time in ICU during the Covid-19 crisis to therapy. Dr Christina Jones is a specialist in psychological recovery following critical illness, and the research manager for support group charity ICU Steps. To coincide with national Intensive Care Week, she explains why the pandemic led to the ‘perfect storm’ for patients and their distressed families.

Sexual Violence 2/5: Disconnection and Connection

  • 4th Jun 2021
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

Sexual violence can shrink our worlds and reconfigure our sense of self. In the second part of her series about working with survivors, Erene Hadjiioannou, author of a forthcoming textbook, discusses its impact on our ways of relating – and suggests how therapists might begin to support a search for the self amongst the trauma.

Moments of Mindfulness Within Therapy

  • 1st Jun 2021
  • Margaret Landale

Our bodies are often way ahead when it comes to attuning with clients. How can we use mindfulness practice within sessions to consult our somatic awareness and connect with clients’ unspoken feelings? Margaret Landale, a specialist in stress-related and psychosomatic disorders, shares a moment of mindful attention as it unfolds…

Sexual Violence 1/5: Challenging the Myths

  • 28th May 2021
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

Myths about sexual violence are as rife as sexual violence itself – and can easily obstruct therapy. In the first part of a new series, Erene Hadjiioannou, author of a forthcoming textbook, addresses common misconceptions and explains why therapy must engage with internalised myths as well as survivors’ truths.

Working with Avoidant Attachment: Critical Internal Objects

  • 19th May 2021
  • Linda Cundy

When our clients are tortured by self-criticism, we need to step in to protect them. In her penultimate blog about supporting highly defended clients, Attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist Linda Cundy explores our relationships with our punitive superegos – and suggests some ways therapists can help clients to internalise a different kind of voice.

Nature Photography in Grief Work

  • 14th May 2021
  • Sisi Burn

How can taking photos of nature help clients to process grief? Following a sudden bereavement, professional photographer and transpersonal arts counsellor Sisi Burn started taking walks with her camera. The result was a powerful and transformative dialogue with herself – an approach that could be accessible to any client with a cameraphone.

Why Walking Therapy?

  • 12th May 2021
  • Lara Just

At first, the pandemic forced therapy online. Now, it is encouraging us to step outdoors. Ecopsychotherapist Lara Just has been meeting clients on Hampstead Heath and in rural locations for years. As we continue to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, with its 2021 theme of ‘nature’, the founder of The Walking Therapist recalls how a forest path provided just the challenge one client needed.

Ecotherapy: Starting the Journey

  • 10th May 2021
  • Sheila Pope

Many have rediscovered a deep connection with nature during the pandemic, as the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week attests. But what is it like to start offering therapy outdoors? From tripping over tree roots to stumbling across transformative metaphors, counsellor Sheila Pope shares her – and her clients’ – journey into ecotherapy.