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“How Do I Know Who I Am?” Identifying Existential OCD

  • 4th Jul 2023
  • Karen Cassiday

It may be mistaken for dissociative experiences, dysmorphia, even psychosis. But clients who are plagued by existential doubts and ‘what ifs?’ may actually be experiencing a lesser-known form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Dr Karen Cassiday, clinical psychologist and specialist in anxiety disorders, sets out the key differentiating features of existential OCD – and describes some of the disturbing ideas and desperate behaviours we may notice in its presence.

Diversity and Anti-Oppressive Practice: 7 Commitments to Make Now

  • 28th Jun 2023
  • Myira Khan

Why are some client communities still being referred to as ‘hard to reach’? This framing says much about therapy’s inadequate reckoning with structural oppression, and limited understanding of what access to therapy services – and indeed therapy trainings – really means. Myira Khan, founder of the Muslim Counselling and Psychotherapist Network and author of the forthcoming Working Within Diversity, explains why we must move beyond talk of ‘inclusion’– and shares some key pointers for anti-oppressive practice.

Resourcing the Anti-Racist Therapeutic Practitioner

  • 22nd Jun 2023
  • Eugene Ellis

Taking a proactive stance against racism means engaging our minds, bodies and interpersonal selves. How can we develop the capacities we need for this essential and often deeply challenging work? Psychotherapist Eugene Ellis, founder of the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network, author of The Race Conversation and co-editor of the new book Therapy in Colour, outlines three core resources to help therapists stay on – or come to – the path of anti-racist practice.

Attachment, Trauma and the Epigenetics of Resilience

  • 6th Jun 2023
  • Clara Mucci

What is resilience, and where does it come from? For psychoanalyst and professor of clinical psychology Clara Mucci, the answer lies securely with early attachment – while the responsibility must extend to political and social practices. Here, the author of Resilience and Survival discusses the central relevance of affect regulation to any understanding of resilience, and shares some clinical pointers for addressing interpersonal and intergenerational traumatisation.

Processing Trauma Memories: How Do I Know If My Client is Ready?

  • 30th May 2023
  • Rebecca Kase

How can we determine readiness for trauma processing? What skills and capacities need fostering in our traumatised clients before we take the next step? Rebecca Kase, leading EMDR consultant and author of a forthcoming book integrating Polyvagal Theory and EMDR, introduces the Preparation Hierarchy – a simple, neuro-informed framework that can help all therapists to pace, and prepare clients for, deep trauma work.

Anxiety and Neurodivergent Clients

  • 15th May 2023
  • Angela Kelly

A link between anxiety and neurodivergence is widely observed and commented upon by mental health professionals – yet often narrowly understood. To mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2023, neurodivergent therapist Angela Kelly asks us to centre an appreciation of the lived experience of being an individual who learns, thinks or processes differently in a world designed for the neuromajority, including the impact of invalidation trauma.

‘Her Last Breath’: A Psychoanalyst’s Account of Bereavement

  • 10th May 2023
  • Anne Adelman

How can therapists contribute to a more open culture around death and dying? As we focus on supporting our clients through their grief, we can at times be in danger of estranging ourselves from our own. To coincide with Dying Matters Awareness Week 2023, which is encouraging conversations about death, dying and grief in the workplace, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Anne Adelman shares a very personal experience of loss.

Climate Breakdown: The Anxious and Fearless Therapist

  • 21st Apr 2023
  • Judith Anderson

The unfolding climate catastrophe is a space of collective trauma, shared by both client and therapist. What qualities and capacities are required of us to work in the face of, and within, this existential crisis? How might the pandemic have prepared us for this task? Judith Anderson, Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist and Chair of the Climate Psychology Alliance, marks Earth Day 2023 with a call to therapists to carry both fearlessness and fearfulness in our clinical work – and to step beyond its borders in pursuit of systemic change.

Working with Clients’ Dreams: The Ullman Method

  • 19th Apr 2023
  • Mark Blagrove

When a dream is brought to therapy we may welcome it as a gift. But practitioners can also feel unprepared, put on the spot, puzzled by vastly different theoretical attitudes and unsure where to begin. Mark Blagrove, Professor of Psychology and author of a new book about the science and art of dreaming, outlines a simple yet enlightening technique devised by the psychoanalyst Montague Ullman – one that might help therapists develop confidence and curiosity when encountering clients’ dreams, and increase our empathy too.