Love as a Cure for Madness by Richard Gipps What, as you see it, is the most absurd of our therapeutic fantasies? To imagine that a patient suffering a deep disturbance of the brain’s balance could be cured by a passionate offering of nurture or concern? As I see it, at least, that just about fits the bill. Consider: a middle aged man unexpectedly collapses into a dreadful psychotic depression. His adoring wife and daughter, his therapist, do all they can to care for, pray for, show sympathy to, him…and just three months later he’s killed himself. What went wrong? [...]
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Primate Change, Stillness and Moving Out Of the Chair by Roz Carroll Roz Carroll, one of the speakers at our upcoming event Moving Out of the Chair: Freeing Up Creative Potential in the Therapeutic Relationship https://www.confer.uk.com/event/moving.html on Saturday 7 December in London “…a ‘threshold’ appears first as a boundary and then once approached, you realize that it is only the limit of one layer of understanding while, at the same time, it acts as the doorway to the next, deeper layer.” (Chambers, M.) Primate Change I’m reading a book about Primate Change – the adaptation of our bodies to [...]
Lament for a Giant’s Sigh by Toby Chown A reverie of nightwalking In 2008, as part of my dramatherapy training, I found myself walking in silence at night across Dartmoor. We were given instructions to have a buddy and carry a torch. We were told that one staff member would go at the pace of the fastest, and that another leader would go at the pace of the slowest, and others would walk between us. We had already surrendered our phones, and we were asked not to use words to communicate. We walked in rare darkness, free of [...]
Beyond the Reality Principle: Marcuse, Freud and the End of Civilisation by Dr Rod Tweedy "Intensified progress seems to be bound up with intensified unfreedom" notes Marcuse in his remarkable book Eros and Civilisation, one of the most profound and compelling books ever written on the problem of “civilisation”. The work tries to explain and unravel this apparent paradox - it's both a brilliant development of Freud's ideas on civilisation and a revolutionary challenge to them. He starts by noting the essential, perplexing, double-bind of late capitalism - the more we have of it, the more entrapped we feel: [...]
Person-Centred Therapy: Myths and Realities by Professor Mick Cooper Myth: Person-centred therapy is “just the basics” - everyone does it, it’s just that some therapists go on to do more advanced things, like psychodynamic therapy or cognitive-behavioural therapy. Reality: Developing one’s capacity to engage with another human being at a level of interpersonal depth is a life-time’s achievement. Few “purely” person-centred therapists, even after many years, would claim that they have reached the end of that road, so the chances of getting there after a few years’ study are pretty remote. Moreover, skills and ideas from other therapeutic approaches [...]