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‘Metaphors from the Edge of Chaos’, an interview with Allan Frater

  • 21st Jan 2018
  • Allan Frater

Allan Frater is one of the trainers at the Psychosynthesis Trust, with a particular interest in imagination and ecopsychology. Over the past couple of years, he has been running a series of workshops for therapists, counsellors and coaches that have developed a theme he calls, ‘wild imagination’. The interview caught up with Allan as he prepared for his forthcoming workshop, ‘Metaphors from the Edge of Chaos’, which runs at the Trust May 12th and 13th.

What You're Probably Missing in Therapy

  • 3rd Nov 2017
  • Rob Fisher

In therapy, it's important to notice the storyteller, not just the story. As therapists, we can notice and attend to outward signs of internal experience. The client may be looking down, squirming in her seat, or being very still, for instance. Each of these is an indicator of an internal experience as well as a set of beliefs and models of the world that underlie a client's behavior.

When is psychosexual therapy the most appropriate referral pathway for a couple?

  • 5th Jun 2017
  • Linsey Blair, Clinical Lecturer and Couple Psychotherapist

A question that is often put to me as one of the trainers for our MA in Couple and Individual Psychotherapy and the Psychosexual MSC is ‘when is psychosexual therapy the most appropriate referral pathway for a couple?’ This is a question that our clients also ask me in my role as an assessor for Tavistock Relationships. Many couples that come to Tavistock Relationships present with sexual issues along with other issues; this makes sense. If a couple are struggling emotionally than it is likely that the physical relationship is also suffering. How do we therefore distinguish between the couples who go down the psychosexual pathway and those w...

Ethics. What Has Love Got To Do With It?

  • 5th Jun 2017
  • Robin Shohet

The subject for this talk came in part from a book called Loveability by Robert Holden. He was talking about conscience and how religion has postulated that humans need conscience and that guilt is our conscience. Holden writes “Guilt is not your real conscience; love is your real conscience.”

How are chaos and complexity theory relevant to our work as therapists?

  • 12th Apr 2017
  • Michael Soth

As a therapist, have you ever struggled valiantly, but hopelessly against the entrenched resistance of a client who says they are desperate to change, but are actually digging their heels in at every turn, reacting with “yes, but …” to each and every suggestion? These kinds of situations can often leave you with the sense that you are much more invested in their self-actualisation than they are, and that your therapeutic efforts on their behalf are somewhat like Sisyphos pushing the boulder uphill.

Psychotherapy and the Soul

  • 20th Mar 2017
  • Jane Czyzselska

Jane Czyzselska introduces our new webcast series on the soul in psychotherapy

Group Analysis and Racialisation

  • 25th Jul 2016
  • Dr Farhad Dalal

In this exclusive interview, Sue Einhorn talks to Dr Farhad Dalal on Group Analysis and Racialisation. Farhad has been attending to the themes of discrimination and equality for much of his career. He has published three books to date. His first, Taking the Group Seriously argues against individualism and for the relational nature of human life. His second book Race, Colour and the Processes of Racialization focuses on the causes of the hatred of Others in general and racism in particular. His latest book Thought Paralysis: The Virtues of Discrimination, is a constructive critique of the Equality movements.

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