Criticality is critical in your literature review

Examine carefully the behaviour of these people: Find it surprising though not unusual Inexplicable though normal Incomprehensible though it is the rule. Consider even the most insignificant, seemingly simple Action with distrust. Ask yourself whether it is necessary Especially if it is usual. We ask you expressly to discover That what happens all the timeContinue reading “Criticality is critical in your literature review”

Autonomy, change and imagination in a brave new world

In this blog post, trainee counselling psychologist Anastasios Argyropoulos reflects on Paul Verhaeghe’s article ‘Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us’.   In one of his articles in the Guardian, Paul Verhaeghe shared views that are eloquently elaborated in his book What about Me? The Struggle for Identity in a Market-based Society. He invited usContinue reading “Autonomy, change and imagination in a brave new world”

The Forgotten Bridge in process reports

Ah, the process report.  No one escapes counselling psychology training without turning out at least a couple, and quite right too, for the process report demonstrates oodles of developing competencies.  Make sure your knickers are clean, because this kind of assessment shows everything: whether you understand theory, whether you can apply it in practice, whetherContinue reading “The Forgotten Bridge in process reports”

Counselling Psychology is in the eye of the beholder

It’s a very interesting discussion that has been stirred up, by Dr Russel Ayling and Emily Brookes, around the essence of the Counselling Psychologist: a discussion that seems to be lurking underneath the surface of most modules that I have attended as part of my Doctorate course, discussions with colleagues, conference material and even theContinue reading “Counselling Psychology is in the eye of the beholder”

Branding counselling psychologists!

Medics often brand themselves as illness specialists: we suffer because we’re ill; a bit of us is broken, we’ll fix that by cutting something off or adding a pill; if you’re lucky, you’ll be cured. I polarise, of course, and many medics such as Joanna Moncrieff and David Zigmond (see his blog post in theContinue reading “Branding counselling psychologists!”

Letting go of ‘letting go’

I was reading a book on the train this morning about Kleinian psychotherapy*. The book contains case studies by various Kleinian psychotherapists and in this particular case I was reading, one therapist wrote that her patient’s way of being ‘was not something he was about to give up’.   I frequently come across terms likeContinue reading “Letting go of ‘letting go’”

Is it a word? It sounds like a word! The final stages of writing-up

I’m in the final stages of writing-up my thesis. More accurately, I’m swirling round the dark abyss that is thesis-prison. I’ve dropped so far down the rabbit-hole that I’ve turned to creative writing as a break from the research. It’s like doing anything too different would have disastrous consequences. I’d be coming up to theContinue reading “Is it a word? It sounds like a word! The final stages of writing-up”

Mazes and labyrinths as archetypes of humanity

Originally posted on :: Culture Decanted :::
? ? Why are we still a-maze-d by labyrinths? With a diverse range of permutations, the Maze is a symbol that has been with humanity since the pre-historic era. So pervasive is the labyrinth within human symbolic communication, it is impossible to think of a human era where it was…

Sadism, masochism and the DCoP conference

On reflection, I am not sure why I had left it until my final stages of training to attend the Divisional conference. I am a final year trainee at City University, and after taking a couple of year’s maternity leave, I came back to the course to finish writing up my research. Having been “outContinue reading “Sadism, masochism and the DCoP conference”

Autogynephilia: Aroused by the Image of Yourself as the Opposite Sex

Sex and gender are topics that trainees often complain are insufficiently taught on counselling psychology programmes.  One remedy for this is to read widely – and first person accounts are a great way of doing this.  In this blog post, Joseph Burgo investigates a phenomenon where individuals take themselves as a particular gendered person, asContinue reading “Autogynephilia: Aroused by the Image of Yourself as the Opposite Sex”