therapy

Therapy is both art and science. We draw upon research as we practise naturally, but our craft is not so clear cut and limited as to be simply such-and-such an intervention to this degree and in that way. Humans are too messy. There are deeper waters in the human mind and...

In a May 2016 piece ‘Are we punching our weight?’, The Psychologist journalist Ella Rhodes noted that ‘an evidence-based approach to human behaviour is central to mental health,...

Before the start of a recent co-therapy session with my supervisor, she asked that I come with her to the room we had booked to ‘make sure it was OK’.

We entered and, as I have done myself countless times before, we arranged the furniture. Moving surplus chairs to the...

I read with interest the article entitled ‘Online mental health – Revolutionary help in higher education?’ (The Psychologist online, 9 August 2017). The author, Erika...

Hi Tony,

I’m sending you my opinion piece from The Lancet Psychiatry last year, ‘Failure is an option’. I call for more open discussion of failure rates in...

How do your ideas connect with your values?
I’ve tried in my career to be less concerned about brand names and personal applause, and more concerned about building community and connecting to this larger value of ‘how can we best serve people using...

Over the course of my lifetime I have seen five therapists for more than a session or two. Each time, without fail, I have encountered what I call the thin gaze and with it the assumption that I should want to lose weight. The thin gaze, arising from thin...

On 27 August 1979, off the west coast of Ireland on a lovely sunny morning, a small boat, Shadow V, was blown to pieces by a 5lb gelignite bomb placed under the deck and activated by remote control by members of the IRA. Lord Mountbatten was at the helm. Also on board were...

Kirk Strosahl is co-founder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a cognitive behavioural approach that has gained widespread adoption in the mental health and substance abuse communities. He is the author of numerous books including Brief Interventions for Radical...

In the age of evidence-based therapy and the associated treatment manual, what of the evocative imagery of the ‘swampy lowlands’ of clinical practice described by Donald Schön (1983) more than 30 years ago? When the firmness of what appears ‘high, hard ground where...