Category Archives: Psychotherapy

Becoming another: connected selves

My previous post critiqued the notion of humans becoming animal. I argued that humans are animals, so we can’t become animals. But there’s actually a much more interesting angle to all this. Ignoring for a moment species boundaries, what does … Continue reading

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The psychotherapy of place

Blog posts to Bodymind Place have been scarce this year, and for good reason; I’m working on an MSc dissertation about the therapeutic relationship in outdoor therapy. But this morning my research reached out and touched the themes of this … Continue reading

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Focusing and the Cognitive Iceberg

Focusing is a simple technique that helps you to become aware of what’s called a ‘felt sense’ – a feeling in the body that has a meaning. Focusing has myriad applications including personal growth, creativity and psychotherapy. I’m nearly halfway … Continue reading

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Activists, burnout and eco-therapy

Environmental action was a key factor in my becoming a therapist so I’m pleased to be part of an event about psychotherapy and activism. The event organizers have come up with a few questions to kick off discussion. ‘Where does a … Continue reading

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Forests and minds

I suggested earlier (Brains, bodies and places) that it might be useful to think of the dynamic of bodymind and place as like an ecosystem, and today the image emerged during my personal therapy of the mind as a dark … Continue reading

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Focusing in Nature

Put simply, Focusing is a means of opening our awareness to the “bodily sensed knowledge” which Eugene Gendlin calls the “felt sense” (Gendlin, 1981). The term ‘felt sense’ describes those fuzzy feelings that we don’t usually pay much attention to … Continue reading

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Hand, World and Self

Mark Cahill has just had a hand transplant. His existing hand was so damaged by gout as to be useless, so surgeons amputated it and transplanted a donor’s hand. The team involved are pleased. Not only does the the transplant … Continue reading

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Counselling and psychotherapy

One thread runs though the considerable diversity of my life; a fascination with the human condition. That fascination has never been purely theoretical and I’ve always been concerned with how our lives might be nurtured to fuller flowering. As this … Continue reading

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