Tag Archives: therapy

Why meditate?

Last night BBC Radio 4 explored the question of mindfulness. Is it a panacea or just a fad? Although the presenter was occasionally somewhat tongue in cheek about the whole topic, her cynicism was tempered by the fact that for … Continue reading

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The Endorphin Effect

I’ve recently facilitated a series of workshops on mindfulness and spirituality at a drug and alcohol rehab clinic. The most popular workshop by far was the one where I taught people how to use William Bloom’s Endorphin Effect. Endorphins, which … 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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Floating

I’ve been exploring how bodymind and place are woven together, but what happens when there is no place for the bodymind to be in? The floatation tank was originally developed by John Lilly, who was – amongst other things – a psychoanalyst and philosopher. It’s basically a sound and light-tight tank of salt … 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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Has urban life made us crazy?

Carolyn Baker suggests that separation “from the land … appears to correlate with an increase in emotional distress during the industrial revolution and subsequent centuries” Peak Psychotherapy, Abundant Human Connection. Carolyn claims that psychotherapy evolved to deal with this distress, … Continue reading

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