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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.

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.