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Dementia: How Attachment Theory Helps

  • 21st May 2019
  • Kate White

A diagnosis of dementia doesn’t need to be all about deficits. When Kate White’s husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the two psychotherapists drew on their deep knowledge of attachment theory to find a way forward. To mark Dementia Action Week, here the Bowlby Centre practitioner shares some personal and professional reflections on being a couple living with dementia, and how ‘relationship centred interventions’ can help.

Pillars of Strength 2/8: Relationship with Oneself

  • 17th May 2019
  • Julia Samuel

Psychotherapist Julia Samuel MBE has spent 25 years working with bereaved families. In this weekly blog series, the author of Grief Works is sharing her concept of the ‘pillars of strength’, which we can use to help clients grieve and rebuild their lives. Today, Samuel introduces the second pillar – our relationship with ourselves.

The Politics of Mental Health

  • 16th May 2019
  • Bessel Van Der Kolk

In this guest article from Psychotherapy Networker, pioneering trauma specialist Bessel van der Kolk took aim not only at the politics within the therapy field that determine what diagnoses get into the DSM, but the politics in the larger arena that lead people to ignore the prevalence of trauma in society.

Five Reasons Why There’s No Such Thing As ‘Mental Health’

  • 15th May 2019
  • Benjamin Fry

We are in the midst of Mental Health Awareness Week. But for Benjamin Fry, the term is highly misleading. The founder of residential trauma treatment centre Khiron House, Fry believes we can only understand ‘mental health’ by going back to the body, getting curious about the nervous system, and helping our clients to see their ‘invisible lions’.

The Most Important 10 Minutes of a Child’s Day

  • 13th May 2019
  • Ken Barish

Patient listening may not get its due in current parenting advice. But giving children a daily opportunity to talk about anger and anxiety can help them improve emotion regulation, and transform family life. Following National Children’s Day yesterday, child therapist and Clinical Professor of Psychology Kenneth Barish explains why setting aside just 10 minutes a day may be the most important change parents who are clients can make.

Pillars of Strength 1/8: Relationship with the Person Who Has Died

  • 10th May 2019
  • Julia Samuel

Psychotherapist Julia Samuel MBE has spent 25 years working with bereaved families. Over the next eight weeks, the author of Grief Works will share what she has learned about helping people to grieve and, in time, to rebuild their lives. Key to this is her concept of the ‘pillars of strength’ – in today’s blog, Samuel explains how she developed these, and introduces the first pillar.

The Chronic Fatigue Enigma - 2/2

  • 9th May 2019
  • Tom Warnecke

Chronic fatigue is still vastly misunderstood – and psychotherapy is a significant culprit. To mark ME Awareness Week, somatic-relational psychotherapist Tom Warnecke concludes his myth-busting two-part blog on working with chronic immunological and neurological diseases, with thoughts on prognosis and the therapeutic frame. Above all, he argues, we mustn’t become ‘trapped’ by the single issue and blind to multiple meanings.

The Chronic Fatigue Enigma - 1/2

  • 8th May 2019
  • Tom Warnecke

Chronic fatigue is still vastly misunderstood – and psychotherapy is a significant culprit. To mark ME Awareness Week, somatic-relational psychotherapist Tom Warnecke busts some myths with a two-part blog on working with chronic immunological and neurological diseases. Today, he outlines treatment approaches, and considers how misconceptions about chronic fatigue can impact the therapeutic alliance. Tomorrow, he will discuss implications for meaning making and the therapeutic frame.

Creativity and Trauma - 5/5

  • 3rd May 2019
  • Sarah Van Gogh

Creativity is an energy that is available to all of us. Making room for a song, poem or image in a session can help us out of therapeutic ruts, turbo-boost clinical work, and gently assist traumatised clients to unfreeze their unconscious. So, asks Sarah Van Gogh in the final part of her blog series on creativity and trauma – wouldn’t we be foolish not to invite its healing power into the consulting room, whatever our therapeutic modality?

Why Pregnancy Matters

  • 1st May 2019
  • Sue Gerhardt

A pregnant woman doesn’t just share her body with the growing baby – she shares her state of mind. To mark the start of Maternal Mental Health Month, Sue Gerhardt, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and author of the landmark Why Love Matters, explains why supporting pregnant women is vital for the physical and psychological wellbeing of the next generation.

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