Whose tools for anxiety?

The more I familiarise myself with the various tools and techniques of different psychotherapies, the more I get the impression that these tools serve a calming function for the therapists as much as for the patients. It's scary, and anxiety-provoking, being the person allocated responsibility for reducing someone's emotional and psychological distress. As all clinicians … Continue reading Whose tools for anxiety?

Listening to Distress

In his paper ‘Managing distress over time in psychotherapy: guiding the client in and through intense emotional work,’ Peter Muntigl (2020) explores how difficult it can be to respond well to clients’ disclosures of distress in therapy, but he focuses on the distress as experienced by the client, rather than what reactions this might provoke … Continue reading Listening to Distress

Brief Interpersonal Dynamic Therapy

  Though working in IAPT, a CBT-dominant mental health service, if you have read any of my posts before you'll know that my temperament aligns far more naturally with the dynamic, interpersonal and exploratory therapeutic modalities. This means I often find myself in unpleasant moral dilemmas where I worry that I am short-changing my clients … Continue reading Brief Interpersonal Dynamic Therapy

Book Review: ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ by Viktor Frankl

This book is divided into two parts. The first part is an autobiographical account of Viktor Frankl’s time in concentration camps during the second World War, and the second part is a more academic exposition of the type of psychotherapy that he created, Logotherapy. He begins the book with an admission that ‘This book does … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ by Viktor Frankl

Book Review: ‘The Adolescent Psyche’ by Richard Frankel

This book is filled with wisdom, and I think it would be helpful for any mental health professional working with adolescents (regardless of their preferred brand of therapeutic approach) so I’ll attempt to summarise its main points: The Freudian psychoanalysts were wrong to treat adolescence as primarily a return to infantile id drives/impulses (only with … Continue reading Book Review: ‘The Adolescent Psyche’ by Richard Frankel

Book Review: ‘On Becoming A Person’ by Carl Rogers

This book could be summarised into one paragraph, and while it has some good ideas, it is far too repetitive as a book. Carl Roger’s came up with what he refers to as ‘client-centred therapy,’ which today sounds like something that goes without saying, but in its own time was a fairly radical and novel … Continue reading Book Review: ‘On Becoming A Person’ by Carl Rogers