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Body Image Issues 2/5: Shame

  • 8th Jan 2021
  • Nicole Schnackenberg

When a feeling of being ‘bad at one’s core’ gets projected onto our physical appearance, no amount of weight loss or cosmetic surgery will ‘fix’ us. Dr Nicole Schnackenberg, psychologist, psychotherapist, specialist in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and author of False Bodies, True Selves, continues her blog series with a consideration of the role of shame in eating disorders and BDD.

Racism and Therapy: Committing to Change in 2021

  • 5th Jan 2021
  • Anthea Benjamin

What will the therapy profession do in this new year to ensure it stays awake to the reality of racism? What can individuals do to contribute to collective change? After a year of talking and training around these issues, Arts Psychotherapist, Adolescent Counsellor and Group Analyst Anthea Benjamin reflects on ‘black fatigue’ and Brené Brown’s notion of vulnerability in leadership – and shares some ways in which we can all become engaged with power issues and work towards the decolonisation of therapy.

Kitchen Therapy: An Introduction

  • 21st Dec 2020
  • Charlotte Hastings

As Christmas approaches, Kitchen Therapy founder Charlotte Hastings embarks on a regular blog about her innovative work combining a training in developmental depth psychology with practical cookery – and explains why these sessions are proving such a rich recipe for client wellbeing.

Body Image Issues 1/5: Early Attachment

  • 18th Dec 2020
  • Nicole Schnackenberg

How does our relationship with our early caregivers relate to our relationship with our bodies and with food? Dr Nicole Schnackenberg, psychologist, psychotherapist, specialist in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and author of False Bodies, True Selves, embarks on a new blog series with a look at how eating disorders and BDD can mirror early attachment patterns – and how we might explore these in the therapy room.

Screen Time: Keeping the Score

  • 17th Dec 2020
  • sissy lykou

What impact might intense online working be having on our embodied selves? sissy lykou, psychotherapist and co-editor of Trauma in the Creative and Embodied Therapies: When Words are not Enough, makes time to attend to a message her body has been sending her since March – and finds a powerful resonance between this somatic memory and her clients’ experiences of the pandemic.

Practising Through the Pandemic: An Attachment Therapist Reflects

  • 15th Dec 2020
  • Gülcan Sutton Purser

A shared trauma, a crash-course in remote working, and a reminder of our human ability to adapt, be creative and connect… Attachment-based relational psychotherapist and trauma specialist Gülcan Sutton Purser looks back on nine months of clinical practice quite unlike any other.

Two Hemispheres Means Two Minds

  • 8th Dec 2020
  • Peter Afford

When a client says, colloquially, that they are in two minds about something, they may be hitting on a neuroscientific truth. In fact, argues author Peter Afford, the division of the brain in to left and right hemispheres means we have both a ‘foreground mind’ and a ‘background bodymind’ – and engaging both is essential in effective therapy.

East Meets West Couples Counselling 5/5: Therapist as ‘Authority Figure’

  • 4th Dec 2020
  • Kathrine Bejanyan

When counselling couples from Eastern collectivist cultures, therapists may experience a stronger pull to ‘arbitrate’. Dr Kathrine Bejanyan is a relationship therapist with a PhD in Social Psychology. In the concluding part of her blog series, she explains the concept of ‘secondary control’, and warns of a potentially heightened power imbalance.

Adapting Grief Work to the Pandemic

  • 2nd Dec 2020
  • Sue Brayne

How is the coronavirus crisis changing the experience of bereavement? In what ways might grief work need to evolve? To mark National Grief Awareness Week (December 2-8 2020), end of life researcher and former loss and bereavement therapist Sue Brayne follows Monday’s blog on exploring mortality in the consulting room, with a consideration of the ways in which the pandemic is unsettling the grief process.

Exploring Mortality with Clients

  • 30th Nov 2020
  • Sue Brayne

How often do you and your clients talk about death? For Sue Brayne, end of life trainer and former loss and bereavement therapist, it was just such a discussion with her therapist that helped to change her life. As the pandemic heightens our awareness of mortality, and perhaps also our defences, the author of Living Fully and Dying Consciously shares some tips for supporting our clients and ourselves to confront death.