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Interview with Professor Emmy van Deurzen

  • 7th Dec 2014
  • Professor Emmy van Deurzen

Tom Warnecke speaks to Professor Emmy van Deurzen on 'What is Psychotherapy?'. Her response is anything but basic - ranging from provocative to reassuring, from thought provoking to inspiring.

Professor Mick Cooper on 'What is Psychotherapy?'

  • 18th Oct 2014
  • Professor Mick Cooper

This interview with Professor Mick Cooper is from our 'What is Psychotherapy?' webcast series featuring 10 leading UK Psychotherapists discussing their views on the topic. Tom Warnecke speaks to Mick about his thoughts and the latest research on 'What is Psychotherapy?'.

Experiencing relational depth in therapy: A review of the contemporary research

  • 21st Apr 2014
  • Professor Mick Cooper

The aim of this chapter is to draw together findings from recent studies on the experience of relational depth -- including those described earlier in this book -- to give a state-of-the-art review of what the research currently tells us about moments of deep connection: its prevalence, nature, consequences and antecedents.

Susie Orbach: There is no such thing as a body

  • 8th Mar 2014
  • Dr Susie Orbach

Our self is first and foremost a body-as-experienced-being-handled-and held-by-other-self (Lewis Aron) Common sense, though all very well for everyday purposes, is easily confused, even by such simple questions as . . . when you feel a pain in the leg, where is the pain? If you say it is in your head, would it be in your head if your leg had not been amputated? If you say yes, then what reason have you for ever thinking you have a leg? (Bertrand Russell)

It’s My Life: a case study exploring the role of the therapy relationship

  • 7th Jan 2014
  • Lisa Wake

This paper reports interim findings from a study which looks at the experiences of young people who have attended the ‘It’s my Life’ workshop or utilised the workbook with their youth workers. The overall purpose of the study is to investigate the therapy relationship in NLPt as an attachment process.

Mo Felton on Touchstone and Talisman - Building the self

  • 1st Jan 2014
  • Mo Felton

Working with young people in the care of the local authority can be both challenging and supremely rewarding. The theory and philosophy of Transactional Analysis has proved to be highly effective in this field and there are many projects around the UK. This article describes a framework which integrates several theories into a simple map for assessment, reflective practice, supervision and self supervision. The two maps are a synthesis of, and a progression from, earlier works described.

Helena Hargaden: The emergence of the relational tradition within TA

  • 1st Jan 2014
  • Dr Helena Hargaden

Over the last couple of decades there has been a paradigm shift in many of the major psychotherapies from a focus upon the observing ego and cognitive insight as the primary means of psychological change to the importance of unconscious, affective and relational focus as a the primary means of psychological growth.

Interview with Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar

  • 28th Nov 2013
  • Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar

Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar shares his approach to Relational Body Psychotherapy, how he works with the body safely and the importance of learning edges. Interview by Polly McLean.

Ken Mellor: Intimate autonomy, a worthwhile goal with twins

  • 21st Oct 2013
  • Ken Mellor

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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