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East Meets West Couples Counselling 4/5: Extended Family

  • 27th Nov 2020
  • Kathrine Bejanyan

Extended families may influence a couple’s relationship in both negative and positive ways. Dr Kathrine Bejanyan is a relationship therapist with a PhD in Social Psychology. In the penultimate part of her blog series about couples counselling, she looks at how family structures, ties and expectations differ between Western individualist and Eastern collectivist cultures.

Nutrition: The Missing Ingredient in Mental Health

  • 25th Nov 2020
  • Leslie Korn

As therapists, we appreciate the deep interconnection of mind and body. Yet we often leave diet to the nutritionists. Leslie Korn is both a psychotherapist and a nutritionist, and believes we need to pay more attention to the link between food and mood in a client’s narrative. Ahead of her free live video webinar this Thursday, she suggests some starting points, from inflammatory responses to ‘brainbow foods’.

Older Male Clients: A Neglected Resource

  • 23rd Nov 2020
  • Brad Sachs

With men over 65 at the greatest risk of suicide, what more can therapists do to support older male clients? As Movember focuses attention on men’s mental health, Brad E. Sachs, founder and director of The Father Center, proposes that focusing on a man’s rich potential role as a father or grandfather can help struggling clients find new purpose and belonging – long after the nest empties.

East Meets West Couples Counselling 3/5: Marriage

  • 20th Nov 2020
  • Kathrine Bejanyan

Couples counselling can involve different considerations when working between Western individualist and Eastern collectivist cultures. Dr Kathrine Bejanyan is a relationship therapist with a PhD in Social Psychology. In the third part of her blog series, she looks at variations in attitude to marriage and the importance of family loyalty.

Workplace Bullying: What Hurts? What Helps?

  • 18th Nov 2020
  • Pat Ferris

Bullying is not confined to schooldays, or the domestic sphere. As the UK marks Anti Bullying Week, international specialist Pat Ferris shares her insights in to the particular psychological impact of workplace bullying, from rumination through to psychosis, and proposes we use a complex PTSD framework to help clients whose trust has been trampled.

Alcohol Use During the Pandemic

  • 16th Nov 2020
  • Stefan Walters

As the coronavirus crisis disrupts clients’ usual routines and attachments, how do we assess for problematic drinking, and support clients to find alternative sources of safety and security? To mark Alcohol Awareness Week, addiction specialist Stefan Walters shares some helpful questions for exploring clients’ relationships with alcohol during the pandemic.

East Meets West Couples Counselling 2/5: Dating

  • 13th Nov 2020
  • Kathrine Bejanyan

Couples counselling can involve different considerations when working between Western individualist and Eastern collectivist cultures. Dr Kathrine Bejanyan is a relationship therapist with a PhD in Social Psychology. In the second part of her blog series, she looks at how attitudes to dating may vary, and the therapeutic work of helping with conflictual feelings.

Refugee Clients: When ‘Resettlement’ Unsettles

  • 10th Nov 2020
  • Jude Boyles

How do we ground and resource a trauma survivor when the risk remains real? For refugees who have been ‘resettled’ in areas of the UK with high crime rates, the triggers are everywhere. Jude Boyles reflects on supporting the search for internal and external safety among Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

East Meets West Couples Counselling 1/5: Cultural Influences

  • 6th Nov 2020
  • Kathrine Bejanyan

Couples counselling can involve different considerations when working between Western individualist and Eastern collectivist cultures. Dr Kathrine Bejanyan is a relationship therapist with a PhD in Social Psychology. In this new blog series, she will provide an overview of how norms and dynamics may diverge when counselling couples from these different cultures, from the role of the extended family to attitudes towards the therapist.

Adolescent Suicidality: Grieving for Childhood

  • 3rd Nov 2020
  • Brad Sachs

Being a teenager involves unavoidable developmental losses – for both the adolescent and their parents. It is often unconscious grief around individuation and separation, argues Brad E. Sachs, that is the source of suicidality in young people. Here, the psychologist, author and family therapist explains how exploring the loss of childhood can bring revelation, relief and resolution for both generations.