Monthly Archives: January 2015

Michelangelo’s Angel

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni Gratitude to our therapist, Jules, for sharing with us this beautiful Michelangelo quotation. It feels relevant both to the creative process, … Continue reading

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i carry your heart – ee cummings

i carry your heart with me i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, … Continue reading

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Ethics versus Compliance. The Institution, Ethical Psychotherapy Practice, (And Me) – Farhad Dalal

This is the third of our series looking at some of the issues around BACP’s proposed changes to its Ethical Framework – and why we and other practitioners so strongly object to its movement from an ethics-based code to a … Continue reading

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The Drugs Don’t Work, and Bipolar Disorder is the Proof – Chrys Muirhead

http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/08/the-drugs-dont-work-and-bipolar-disorder-is-the-proof/ Interesting personal perspective from Chrys Muirhead on Mad in America. Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

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Anthony Bloom: On prayer

The writer has a spiritual belief and a regular meditation practice (although she does not self-describe as a Christian). She was struck by the resonances between her own practice and Anthony Bloom’s beautiful account – stilling the mind; touching our wordless, … Continue reading

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To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This – Mandy Len Catron

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/modern-love-to-fall-in-love-with-anyone-do-this.html?_r=0 Interesting piece from Mandy Len Catron in the New York Times, about Arthur Aron’s study a couple of decades back – and her modern application of this. This concerns how we come into intimate relationship with each other – … Continue reading

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Yalom on Diagnostic Labels

‘The standard diagnostic formulation tells the therapist nothing about the unique person he or she is encountering; and there is substantial evidence that diagnostic labels impede or distort listening.’ Irvin Yalom: Existential Psychotherapy Yes, Yalom’s comment is daily evidenced in … Continue reading

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