• Ken Mellor: Intimate autonomy, a worthwhile goal with twins

    Approach/issue: Transactional analysis

    My mother often used to tell the story that she was sitting with my twin brother and me near the bottom of the stairs at home. She was brushing ‘our hair.’ David went first. We were about four years old and he was squirming around and making her job difficult. ‘Stop moving Ken,’ she said and kept saying as he kept squirming. Finally, I said, ‘He’s David; I’m Ken!’ and I was not squirming. This scene was a foretaste of a confusion that would follow us into our adult lives, both when we were together and apart.

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  • Lynda Howell: Twinhood: Sense of self and identity

    Approach/issue: Transactional analysis

    Working with twins, particularly identical ones, challenges therapists to look beyond the individual and consider the influences of the client’s twinhood. In Transactional Analysis, theoretical emphasis often focuses on the influence of parents. Whilst this is an important factor, I submit that in order to facilitate growth and change in identical twin clients, therapists need to take account of the influence that their co-twins have on the development in utero of each other’s script protocols, senses of self, and identities.

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  • Dr David Murphy on CYP IAPT: making the same mistakes?

    Approach/issue: Other

    When checking the IAPT website, as I do on a daily basis, details inviting new IAPT partnerships for Children and Young People (CYP) providers had been published.

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