Category Archives: Psychotherapy

The Recovery Model

A few years ago the manager of a mental health charity that I was volunteering at asked me to help them communicate the concept of ‘The Recovery Model’ to their staff in an accessible and easily digestible form.  I’d never … Continue reading

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Nonviolent (Courageous) Communication (NVC)

Imagine the scene: Jane, who is a bit OCD, comes home to find some shoes in the middle of the hall.  She flashes with anger.  ‘How dare he treat my home with such disrespect?’ she says to herself and she … Continue reading

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What is the difference between outcome oriented coaching and systemic psychotherapy?

More and more people seem to be offering different types of coaching these days: ‘life coaching’, ‘relationship coaching’, ‘wealth coaching’, and ‘executive coaching’ are all available. The websites are often slick with young, glamorous looking coaches promising the outstanding success, … Continue reading

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What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

According to the UKCP website: ‘There are many similarities between these disciplines, and it is very hard to explain the differences between them.  There is usually a general understanding that a psychotherapist has had longer training that a counsellor, and … Continue reading

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What is the difference between a psychologist, a psychiatrist, and a psychotherapist?

Sounds like the start of a joke, doesn’t it?  When I was at Oxford there was an engineering joke that went around: ‘What’s the difference between a mechanical engineer and a civil engineer?  A mechanical engineer makes weapons, a civil … Continue reading

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What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapist.  Psycho the rapist.  Unfortunate that. To me a good psychotherapist is a modern day shaman, a spiritual leader, a parent, an explorer, and a scientist.  Much more than just a scientist.  Clever thinking gets you so far but rationality, and … Continue reading

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