“Triggered” – Why I Wish People Would Stop Misusing Terms

As a trainee therapist I was often met with negative comments about my “resilience” if I was “triggered” about particular terms – but I don’t think that is fair. As a human being I have thoughts and feelings. Just because I am a therapist, it doesn’t remove that sense of humanity.

Fight or Flight – What About The Missing 3?

“Fight or Flight” is a well known concept – the idea that we each respond to danger or trauma in a specific way. Something I’ve noticed is that many of us do not know about the final three options: I wanted to discuss a little about my own experiences with this model. Fight We’ve allContinue reading “Fight or Flight – What About The Missing 3?”

Spoonies, Chronic Illness and Disability

The media – namely the Daily Mail – has been alive once again with attacks on the disabled community. This has come following a new book from JK Rowling with some focus on the “spoonie” community.

Person-Centred Therapy

Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy was developed in the 1940s by Carl Rogers as an alternative to more psychodynamic modalities. The focus is on the ‘person’ (the client, you) and the relationship between the client and therapist (me).

Encanto: Using Cinema and Media in a Therapeutic Way

When you think about it, movies like Encanto and Inside Out are perfect examples of applying mental health and psychological concepts to a wider demographic. Have you ever tried to articulate with a therapist or professional about your concerns but they looked perplexed? That can be incredibly isolating. Finding a shared language between myself and my clients is probably one of the most important aspects on relationship building.

LGBT History Month – Bisexuality, Biphobia and BiErasure

February in the UK is LGBT History Month, a time to recognise LGBT issues, topics and history. It’s incredibly important to the community, but I also feel it’s important for society as a whole. As a bisexual woman who only “came out” to her family last year, I’ve been exploring my own thoughts, feelings and experiences and hope to cover some of those in this article.

Tavistock Policy Seminar: Whiteness – A Problem for Our Times

Last night I attended a seminar ran by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust entitled “Whiteness – A problem for our times” which aimed to “examine white privilege and white fragility from a psychoanalytic perspective”. This was led by Helen Morgan, Fellow of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, training analyst and supervisor who has aContinue reading “Tavistock Policy Seminar: Whiteness – A Problem for Our Times”

CTUK gets some answers from the BACP: Question 4

The CTUK community sent a series of questions to the BACP (and I believe also the UKCP, BPC etc) to get some clarity on the issues that will impact on us. On 15th December they published the answers that they received from the BACP. I’m very surprised that they heard something back before Christmas! Their published answers have not been analysed by CTUK, so I thought I’d look at the issues and highlight some of the key parts that I picked up.