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  • Where Next in Psychotherapy for Depression?

    Approach/issue: Depression
    Blue Monday was long ago exposed as a PR stunt, a construct cooked up to sell holidays. But the third Monday of January still brings with it a glut of depression-themed news stories. So perhaps it is a good moment to consider psychotherapy’s complex relationship with depression, which is not immune to marketplace influences. Stephen Barton, co-author of a new book about CBT for depression, thinks a reorientation of focus is necessary. If therapists are to help address the worldwide growth in depression, he argues, we need to stop dwelling on our treatment ‘successes’ – and start putting more energy into considering our ‘failures’.

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  • Neglecting Neglect: Why Therapists Do It & How We Can Break the Cycle

    Approach/issue: Child and Adolescent Studies
    Neglected children and adults often experience double deprivation, which can play out in therapy, too. But there is hope. To mark the publication of his new book, Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Growth Using Attachment Theory, Psychoanalysis and Neurobiology, Graham Music explains why neglect can come to be repeated in the consulting room – and what therapists can do to allow aliveness to flourish.

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  • Five Things I Have Learnt About the Mind-Body Connection

    Approach/issue: Other
    What does going to the gym have to do with going to therapy? For Professor Sarah Niblock, emotional and physical maintenance are inseparable enterprises. Nine years ago, feeling unhealthy and depressed, she decided to take her fitness in hand – and was amazed to discover how exercise could enable personal growth and self-knowledge. From building mental stamina to releasing trauma, here the CEO of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) shares the insights that getting physically fit has given her into the relationship between our bodies and our minds.

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  • Why a Changed Relationship With Alcohol Isn’t Just for Dry January

    Approach/issue: Other
    Dry January is now part of our national parlance. It dominates New Year’s Resolutions, saturates social media feeds, and kick-starts many a wellbeing calendar. According to a YouGov study, more than four million Brits will be attempting to give up alcohol this month. But what does this preoccupation with ditching booze for 31 days say about our relationship with alcohol? Substance awareness trainer Davyd McNamara thinks we need a more sustainable shift – one that accepts our basic human needs.

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  • Why New Year’s Resolutions Are A Lie

    Approach/issue: Coaching
    Whether or not you practice goal-oriented psychotherapy, you and your clients may be spending time this month thinking about what you want to kick in 2019, and what you want to accomplish. New Year’s Resolutions may help us make positive changes. But they can also reinforce negative self-image as our goals fall by the wayside. We asked top coach Mark J Silverman for some advice on how to actually get things done.

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  • Therapy Tools That Last A Lifetime

    Approach/issue: Other
    When clients focus on their own breathing, they're making the most fundamental mind-body connection. Regardless of what they're talking about—childhood trauma, a painful marriage, or just the struggle to be open with you in the session—breathing can help them get in touch with their immediate experience and be fully present, for the moment, in their own lives.

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  • Apps to Help Clients Cope Over Christmas

    Approach/issue: Other
    Are you all set for the most dysfunctional 10 days in the UK calendar? Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year – but it can also be an emotional minefield. Pip Weitz, of the Academy for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy, knows what a useful tool online apps can be over this period, helping people manage everything from panic attacks to alcohol use. Here, she suggests a few apps you might want to share with your clients to help them cope over the Christmas break.

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  • How Millennials are Changing Therapy

    Approach/issue: Other
    Ron Taffel isn’t the same therapist he was a decade ago – and he reckons that has a lot to do with working with millennials. Today’s 18-35 year olds are outspoken and consumer-savvy. But they are also intensely vulnerable, and struggling to hang on to meaning in a world of fast-talking and fast-forgetting. In an excerpt from his Psychotherapy Networker article, Taffel explains how Millennials have helped him to re-examine many basic assumptions about therapy.

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  • Self-Disclosure: What the Research Tells Us

    Approach/issue: Counselling
    To self-disclose, or not to self-disclose? That is the perennial question. Unfortunately, the answer given in trainings and discussion groups is often a debate-dampening “it depends on the situation”. For Graham S Danzer, author of Therapist Self-Disclosure: An Evidence-Based Guide for Practitioners, this just isn’t good enough. Here, he explains how the research on self-disclosure can help us to make individual clinical decisions.

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  • The Other Side of Collapse: Climate Change, Grief Work and Imagination

    Approach/issue: Other
    What does climate change have to do with grief work? And why are play, humour and creative imagination such important psychological tools at this time? In Friday’s Blog post, ahead of the Tavistock’s Ecology, Psychoanalysis and Global Warming conference, Paul Hoggett explained why therapists have a vital role in confronting climate change. Following a deep and exciting weekend of discussions, Chair of the Climate Psychology Alliance Chris Robertson now looks to the other side of environmental collapse.

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