Everyone’s talking about mental health

In December 2022, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy published a challenging article by academic psychologist, Dr Lucy Foulkes. She wrote about the explosion of charitable and state initiatives since 2007 which aim to raise awareness of issues around mental health. Whether it is celebrities, politicians, royals or footballers, everybody seems to be talking … Continue reading Everyone’s talking about mental health

Anxiety and depression: not always what they seem

Common approaches to anxiety and depression Many approaches to anxiety and depression tend to treat anxiety and depression as if they were problems in themselves. Traditional psychoanalysis, Jungian analytical psychology and the contemporary therapeutic approaches that flow from them see anxiety and depression as symptoms of a deeper imbalance within the whole person. The medical … Continue reading Anxiety and depression: not always what they seem

Introducing the Unconscious

The concept of the unconscious has become central to several forms of psychotherapy. People often ascribe the ‘discovery’ of the unconscious to Freud, but the concept of a mind, spirit or will beyond everyday conscious awareness has existed across all cultures throughout the history of humanity. This ‘mind’ may have been conceived to reside in … Continue reading Introducing the Unconscious

Mindfulness, meditation and psychotherapy

Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally, to things as they are. * In recent years there has been a lot of interest in mindfulness. Schools are incorporating it into the curriculum, big businesses are hiring consultants to teach mindfulness techniques to their staff and … Continue reading Mindfulness, meditation and psychotherapy