therapy

An independent report by the Mental Health Taskforce, chaired by the Chief Executive of Mind, Paul Farmer, has set out recommendations for mental healthcare in the NHS. In the wake of this report, Prime Minister David Cameron called for greater focus on mental health in...

Psychologists from all corners of the discipline tend to work with people. We often hear about their lives, their hopes and fears, their highs and lows. But do they need to hear about ours?

As an example, consider working with people experiencing psychosis. Here,...

When someone undergoes psychotherapy, the hope, obviously, is that they will recover. But if they don’t, what is the worst that can happen? That the therapy will prove ineffective? In fact, therapy can be harmful, with research showing that, on average, approximately 10 per...

You’ve been a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University for decades, you’re a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and an individual psychotherapist and group therapist. Underlying these varied activities is your commitment to the therapeutic endeavour. What drew...

The STEPS project

Since 2003, Greater Glasgow Primary Care NHS Trust (now Greater Glasgow and Clyde) has set up five primary care mental health teams (with four other teams operating outside the city boundaries). Teams, generally led by a clinical...

One of the most common reasons for people to not seek treatment is concern about stigma. In the psychotherapy literature, stigma has generally referred to the public stigma of having a mental illness, with the clearest example being schizophrenia. Public stigma is society’s...

In 2006 the Mental Health Policy Group of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics published a report urging that psychological therapy should be made available to everyone in Britain. The report, now commonly referred to as
the Layard Report...

In April 2010 my father, John Marzillier, published a book recounting his 37-year career as a clinical psychologist. In The Gossamer Thread: My Life as a Psychotherapist, he takes the reader along on his journey from a naive young NHS psychologist who believed behaviour...