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CBT: The ‘gold standard’ for therapy?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is like Marmite for many therapists. Some emphasize the research results which arguably show that it’s the “gold standard of the psychotherapy field” (David, Cristea and Hofmann, 2018). Others, like Richard House, see it as a … Continue reading

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Is therapy political?

I’ve just given a presentation at a local college about ‘Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Change’, an organization I’m a member of. The subsequent discussion highlighted that what I’ve always taken for granted – that therapy is political – is … Continue reading

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The Therapy Turf Wars

“My therapeutic approach is better than yours!” All too often therapists with one particular approach criticize one – or all – of the others, and I’m sick of it. CBT is frequently involved in these turf wars, partly because it’s … Continue reading

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The Future of Ecotherapy

My ecotherapy work is featured in the Winter issue of JUNO magazine and the interviewer raises an interesting question: Why isn’t therapy in nature more widespread? Ecotherapy sounds very novel, but it isn’t really. Doing walk and talk therapy isn’t … Continue reading

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’Tis the Season for Holiday Anxiety

I’m delighted to host a guest post by Jennifer Scott, a life coach who’s a passionate advocate for mental health and wellbeing. Jennifer has personal experience of anxiety and depression so her suggestions for getting though Christmas and New Year … Continue reading

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The Intuitive Therapist

If you’ve ever watched a filmed therapy session or heard Susie Orbach’s In Therapy, it might seem like there’s not much going on. The client says something and then the therapist says something. What you can’t sense, unless you’ve been … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Walk and Talk Therapy

Susan Greenfield is a leading thinker on the neuroscience of consciousness, so my ears pricked up when I heard her talking about how walking can help us think. Do her ideas help illuminate how ‘walk and talk’ ecotherapy works? Walk … Continue reading

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Nightmares

Modern Halloween is obsessed with the stuff of nightmares: the undead, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. What makes this fun rather than truly terrifying is that we remain in control. We play at being a zombie … Continue reading

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Therapy outdoors: Playing with Winnicott

I’m training with Beth Collier to practice psychotherapy and counselling outdoors. I’ve completed an MSc dissertation on the subject but that’s just theory – this is practical and I’ve got a lot from these sessions. Learning the nuts and bolts … Continue reading

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Relationship is the key: dirt and therapy

I’m just home from an event organized by my local Transition Town group that focused on soil, poetically described by Bill Logan as “dirt – the ecstatic skin of the Earth”. We watched the movie and then grounded the experience … Continue reading

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