060 – Self-Care for Counsellors – Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development – Comparing and Contrasting Humanistic Models

Counselling Tutor Podcast 060 – Self-Care for Counsellors – Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development – Comparing and Contrasting Humanistic Models

060 – Self-Care for Counsellors – Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development – Comparing and Contrasting Humanistic Models   In episode 60 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes discuss how to look after yourself as a counsellor, especially when you are experiencing difficult events in your own life. ‘Theory with Rory’ presents…

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054 – Mobile Phones in the Therapy Room – Separation Individuation Theory – When Clients Come to Therapy Reluctantly

Counselling Tutor Podcast 054 – Mobile Phones in the Therapy Room – Separation Individuation Theory – When Clients Come to Therapy Reluctantly

054 – Mobile Phones in the Therapy Room – Separation Individuation Theory – When Clients Come to Therapy Reluctantly In episode 54 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken and Rory discuss how to deal with clients who check their mobile phones during therapy sessions. ‘Theory with Rory’ explains Margaret Mahler’s separation individuation theory. Finally, the…

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053 – Writing a Journal – Self-Object Transference – Collective Grief

Counselling Tutor Podcast 053 – Writing a Journal – Self-Object Transference – Collective Grief

053 – Writing a Journal – Self-Object Transference – Collective Grief In episode 53 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken and Rory provide tips on journal-writing. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at self-object and self-object transference (from the self-psychology movement). Finally, the presenters discuss the phenomenon of collective grief.

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050 – Vocabulary in Counselling – Redecision Therapy – Dealing with Conflict

Counselling Tutor Podcast Ep050 – Vocabulary in Counselling – Redecision Therapy – Dealing with Conflict

050 – Vocabulary in Counselling – Redecision Therapy – Dealing with Conflict In episode 50 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly describes the benefits of expanding your vocabulary. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at redecision therapy, a school of transactional analysis. Last but not least, the presenters discuss the role and experience of conflict in…

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Three-Step Blueprint to Passing Your Skills Evaluation First Time

Counselling Tutor: Three-Step Blueprint to Passing Your Skills Evaluation First Time

Introduction In counselling training courses, you will have to record your skills in order for these to be evaluated. While this might sound a really daunting prospect, getting into good habits on recording skills can really help your development as a counsellor. Carl Rogers himself was strongly in favour of recording sessions, and was one…

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Special Edition: Progression Routes

Counselling Tutor Podcast Special Edition: Progression Routes

Special Edition: Progression Routes   In this special edition of the Counselling Tutor Podcast – broadcast outside the usual UK academic term-time, and covering one topic in greater depth – Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss progression routes for those finishing counselling training courses. At this time of year – when UK colleges and universities…

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047 – Rise of Person-Centred Counselling in Europe – Endings in Counselling – Achievements of Counselling Tutor

Counselling Tutor Podcast 047 – Rise of Person-Centred Counselling in Europe – Endings in Counselling – Achievements of Counselling Tutor

047 – Rise of Person-Centred Counselling in Europe – Endings in Counselling – Achievements of Counselling Tutor   In episode 47 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast—the finale of Season 2—Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss how person-centred counselling first came to Europe. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at endings in counselling. Finally, the presenters review the…

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Recent Developments in Person-Centred Therapy

Recent Developments in Person Centred Therapy

Recent Developments in Person-Centred Therapy: Carl Rogers and Beyond  Recent developments in person-centred therapy have been cited in a number of books, in particular The Tribes of the Person-Centred Nation. Written by well-known voices in the world of humanistic therapy such as Nick Baker and Mick Cooper, it explores how the work and thinking of Carl Rogers developed since…

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Phenomenology Person Centred Counselling

Phenomenology in Person-Centred Counselling The philosophy of individual experience   Carl Rogers, the ‘founding father’ of humanistic counselling embraced Phenomenology person centred counselling when moving away from the pessimistic views of human nature put forward by Sigmund Freud. Who believed that the human condition was involved in a constant battle between the Id Ego and Super-ego. Rogers’ Person-Centred theory is based on…

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030 – Levels of Qualification – Tuckman’s Team Development Model – Self-Actualisation versus the Actualising Tendency

CT Podcast Ep30

030 – Levels of Qualification – Tuckman’s Team Development Model – Self-Actualisation versus the Actualising Tendency In episode 30 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly explain the levels of counselling qualification in the UK. ‘Theory with Rory’ takes a look at Dr Bruce Tuckman’s team development model. Last, the presenters examine…

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Counselling-Frame of Reference

How to develop empathic understanding Counselling-frame of reference   Counselling-frame of reference was first used by Carl Rogers, the founder of person-centred therapy, in 1959. He believed:- “The state of empathy, or being empathic, is to perceive the internal frame of reference of another with accuracy and with the emotional components and meanings which pertain…

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029 – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross –Student Overwhelm

Counselling Tutor Podcast Ep 29: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross –Student Overwhelm

029 – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross –Student Overwhelm In episode 29 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). ‘Theory with Rory’ takes a look at the life and work of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Finally, the presenters discuss the feelings of overwhelm often faced by students of…

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Introduction to Counselling Skills and Theory

CT Review Intro to Counselling Skills and Theory (1)

Introduction to counselling skills and theory Counselling students handbook Written by Linda Mather a practising counsellor, trainer and supervisor. Introduction to counselling skills and theory is an excellent text for students on a level 2 counselling skills program How is the book structured ? Students will find the index split into 2 sections. Introduction Level 2 Certificate The…

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Review – To Lead An Honorable Life

To Lead An Honorable Life An invitation to Person Centred Counselling   John M Shlien, a contemporary and former student of Carl Rogers. A former lecturer at Harvard University,he remained one of the most influential voices in the world of person-centered counselling until his death in 2002 . Students who read this book will discover some of Shlien’s radical thinking . For…

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023 – Lone Working – Stereotypes – Creating a Brochure – Referencing

CT Podcast Ep 23

023 – Lone Working – Stereotypes – Creating a Brochure – Referencing In episode 23 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss lone working. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at stereotyping, and ‘Person-Centred Business’ explains how to create a brochure about your services. Finally, the presenters describe how to get the referencing right…

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Review – Counselling Adolescents

Counselling Adolescents An essential book for counselling students Counselling young people  has become more of a priority in recent years, as a result of a growing number of children and adolescents  struggling with emotional and mental health issues. As a consequence of this, schools, colleges and universities are offering counselling students placement opportunities. One of the…

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Review – TA Today – Counselling

TA Today by Ian Stewart & Vann Joines A Definitive Guide for Students of Transactional Analysis Counselling students love TA Today because it’s accessible, while still retaining an in-depth examination of Eric Berne’s work. Each chapter of the book covers a different piece of theory,at the end of each chapter, there is a practical task which reinforces learning.  TA…

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022 – Client Notes and Confidentiality – Actualising Tendency – Offering a Free First Meeting – Research in Practice

CSR Client Notes & Confidentiality_Actualising Tendency

022 – Client Notes and Confidentiality – Actualising Tendency – Offering a Free First Meeting – Research in Practice In episode 22 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about client confidentiality and its many grey areas. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at the actualising tendency, and ‘Person-Centred Business’ considers offering a…

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021 Questions from Clients – Erotic or Eroticised Transference

CT Podcast Ep21

Questions from Clients – Erotic/Eroticised Transference – Writing Your Elevator Pitch – Self-Care in Practice In episode 21 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about what to do when a client asks us a question. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at erotic and eroticised transference, while ‘Person-Centred Business’ explains how to…

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Review – Cognitive Behavioural Counselling in Action

Cognitive Behavioural Counselling in Action ‘An essential text for students of counselling and psychotherapy’ Cognitive Behavioural Counselling in Action, is essential reading for students studying CBT or related approaches. By reading this book you will discover the theories of Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck. Two pioneering therapists who believed that by changing the way we think about…

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Review – Love’s Executioner – Counselling

Love’s Executioner An essential book for counselling students Love’s Executioner written by Irvin D Yalom an American Existential Psychotherapist based in San Francisco. It is one of the most read books by students of counselling and psychotherapy. Love’s Executioner is the story  of ten individuals who turned to psychotherapy as a way of dealing with the…

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019 – Counselling Academic Books – Theory of Empathy

CT Podcast Ep19

In episode 19 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about the Saturday Book Club, and how to read academic books. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at empathy, while ‘Person-Centred Business’ covers how to request and take payment from clients in private practice. Finally, the presenters discuss the importance of insurance.

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018 – Theory and Practice – Five-Relationship Model – Business Planning – Qualitative and Quantitative Research

CT Podcast Ep18

018 – Theory and Practice – Five-Relationship Model – Business Planning – Qualitative and Quantitative Research In episode 18 – as the Counselling Tutor Podcast comes of age! – Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss how to deal with a mismatch between theory and practice. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at Petruska Clarkson’s five-relationship model, while…

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Person centred counselling training – A students view

Person centred counselling training changed me! Person centred counselling training has changed my life , It’s all about me ! I realise that if  I  live my life about me, then there is more harmony inside and out ! I realise that if I live my life about me, then there is more harmony inside and…

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Level 2 counselling course student guide

My level 2 counselling course experience I would never have believed, looking back now , that I would have found myself enrolling on a level 2 counselling course. One day, three years ago this month, I found a counsellor online and emailed her. Aware that my head was so full of chaos that it was…

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015 – Counselling Young People – Scripts, Injunctions and Drivers – Appropriate Referrals – Progression

015 – Counselling Young People – Scripts, Injunctions and Drivers – Appropriate Referrals – Progression In episode 15 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly cover the topic of counselling children and adolescents. ‘Theory with Rory’ takes a look at the transactional-analysis (TA) theory of scripts, injunctions and drivers, and Ken speaks…

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012 – Self-Actualisation – Solving Ethical Problems – Seven Stages Of Process in Practice 2 – Difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy

012 – Self-Actualisation – Solving Ethical Problems – Seven Stages Of Process in Practice 2 – Difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy In episode 12 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Rory presents an approach to solving ethical problems, while Ken continues his application of Carl…

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011 – Note-Taking – Transactional Analysis – Seven Stages of Process in Practice 1 – Supervision

011 – Note-Taking – Transactional Analysis – Seven Stages of Process in Practice 1 – Supervision In episode 11 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly look at note-taking for counsellors. ‘Theory with Rory’ explores the ego states of transactional analysis (TA), while ‘Skills with Ken’ relates the seven stages of process to practice. Our presenters…

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010 – REBT – Endings in Counselling – Ethics versus Culture

010 – REBT – Endings in Counselling – Ethics versus Culture In the tenth episode of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes take a close look at Albert Ellis’s rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT), while Ken Kelly explores endings in counselling. In ‘Ask Ken and Rory’, our presenters debate ethics versus culture in counselling.

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002 – Parallel Process – Seven Stages of Process – Skill of Reflection

002 – Parallel Process – Seven Stages of Process – Skill of Reflection In this second episode of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes speak about the idea of the ‘wounded healer’. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at the seven stages of process; and in the skills section, Ken introduces the skill of reflection in…

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001 – Contracting – Core Conditions – Silence

001 – Contracting – Core Conditions – Silence In this first episode of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes speak about contracting as a counsellor. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at the core conditions of Carl Rogers; and in the skills section, Ken introduces the power and benefits of silence.

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Natalie Rogers – An Appreciation

The news of Natalie Rogers death, shocked and saddened the world of counselling and psychotherapy in equal measure. Natalie Rogers was born in 1928 to Carl Rogers and Helen Elliot, and went on to become, like her father an influential voice in the world of counselling and psychotherapy. In 1960 she enrolled Brandeis University’s graduate…

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Counselling Class and Politics

Undeclared influences in the therapy room. During my training years, part of my studies included a module on equality and diversity , I was asked to think about how my own experience of being ‘me’ may impact on working with clients from different cultural backgrounds. I remember the opening of my equality and diversity assignment…

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Counsellors in Jobcentres or Agents of Social Control ?

It’s time to make a stand, I am not the only therapist who is concerned that individuals who are claiming benefits may be forced to undergo therapy or be sanctioned. The government announced in March’s budget an, “Integrated employment and mental health support to claimants with common mental health conditions”. This “initiative” will see therapists…

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Taking the BACP- ( CoP) Certificate of proficiency test.

Today . I received confirmation that I had passed the BACP proficiency test. I took it along with a colleague on the 20th of June 2015 at the Midland Hotel in Manchester (where you can get a nice pot of tea and a biscuit for £3.50 , lovely staff and enjoy – in luxurious surroundings…

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The Myth of Rogers ‘Core Conditions ‘

Ask anyone who has studied counselling, what psychologist Carl Rogers is best known for, 9 times out of 10 the reply will be “ The Core Conditions”, which is interesting if we consider that Rogers never used the term. What Rogers did promote was the ‘ Six Necessary and Sufficient Conditions’ of which three are,…

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Goodbye to 2014 – A year in counselling

Goodbye to 2014 – A year in counselling In this last post of 2014 ,I want to look back at an eventful year and one that has seen a step change in the counselling and psychotherapy profession. I am of course referring to the proposed updating of the BACP ethical framework. and the move from having…

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A portrait of avoidant attachment .

A portrait of avoidant attachment . As a tutor I am always looking innovative ways to teach classical theories of applied psychology, one of the most interesting areas that I teach is that of attachment theory, developed by in the 1950’s by John Bowlby and further expanded in the 1970’s by fellow (sic) researcher Mary…

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Warrington Collegiate Higher Education Awards – A Tutors View

  Yesterday ,I had the great honour of attending the Higher Education Awards at Warrington Collegiate, the college where I have my teaching practice. What a wonderful event, seeing those colleagues who graduated their courses, collect certificates and celebrate with those close to them the culmination of hard work and personal commitment. While all those students who attend…

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Draft Ethical Framework for Consultation BACP 2014 – First Look

Recently I received from my Colleague Ken Kelly the new BACP draft ethical framework for consultation. As many of you will be aware the BACP ethical framework was revised in 2012 with some of the changes being implemented in 2013. Recently the BACP announced on their website that the framework was being reviewed by amongst…

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The counsellor of the future ?

Technology has impacted on every area of our lives, and I wonder how the profession of counselling and psychotherapy will adapt in the age of the internet? I can remember a time when apple was something you eat, not made a phone call, on, browsing was something you did in a shop and the web…

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Warrington Pride , What made me proud !

Associate columnist and ‘reporter at large’ Barry Heap celebrates the positive contribution an LGBT affirming practitioner makes in the world of counselling and psychotherapy Barry writes a regular ‘agony aunt’ column for the online magazine thegayuk.com As part of the promotion for Warrington pride recently I was asked to tweet, what made me proud? My…

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Bacp ethical framework update 2014

  The Bacp are in the process of re writing the code of ethics for counsellors and psychotherapist, Professor Tim Bond is one of the academics who is helping shape the ethical views of the counselling and psychotherapy profession, in what is almost certainly going to become a regulated environment. A consultation exercise has taken…

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Life beyond the books (getting paid work as a counsellor)

  Associate columnist and ‘reporter at large’ Barry Heap returns this week , to share his insights into developing a private counselling practice.  Barry writes  a regular ‘agony aunt’ column for the online magazine thegayuk.com  Life beyond the books…. With jobs so competitive and hard to come by within this field, many counsellors will choose to work…

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Facebook’s Research Breached Ethical Standards

The revelations published in the Wall St Journal that Facebook in 2012 had manipulated information on the news feeds of 689,000 users home pages, in an attempt to make people feel more positive or negative through a process called ’emotional contagion’ has set the psychological world talking – mainly about research ethics. In an open…

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Counselling – Hard to Help Clients

 Counselling – Hard to Help Clients  This check-list was give to me by my counselling tutor when I was in training over a decade ago. I remember thinking at the time that the list was very judgmental , however over the years I have come appreciate it’s wisdom.   Fact is, as therapists we sometimes…

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Just do Right !

Let me start this post off with a question, what would you be prepared to sacrifice in order to ‘do the right thing? My reason for asking this question, was earlier this week I was prepared to tender my resignation from the job I love because of an ethical dilemma that was facing me. I…

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Staring At My Shoes – The Power of Personal Development Groups,

Staring at my shoes – The Power of Personal Development Groups, I am an expert on Doctor Martens shoes, I should be – I spent enough time looking down at them in my first Personal Development group back in 2000. Like most students (I Guess), it took me some time to understand what the purpose…

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Taking the hits in therapy

  Taking the hits in therapy , or what my counselling tutor would refer to as ‘copping the flak’ is  part and parcel of being a therapist – it goes with the territory and rightly so. About this time of year, I give those students who want to progress on to become counsellors a overview…

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The myths of sexual abuse

I was recently supervising a group of students in a case discussion group, the subject of sexual response or orgasm in the course of sexual assault came up. I reflected that it was not unusual for survivors of sexual abuse to ‘self blame’ because they believe, because they had a sexual response during the assault that…

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Abused by Therapy ~ Katharine Mair – Book Review

Abused by therapy is an important book which should be read not only by professionals in the world of psychotherapy but also by the general public. Katharine Mair, a retired clinical psychologist sets out to highlight the dangers of recovered memory therapy also known as RMT and regression therapy , a branch of psychotherapy which…

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Autonomy in counselling – the texting generation

Autonomy in counselling – the texting generation I had interesting discussion with a colleague this week on the subject of client autonomy; it revolved around the ethics of a client being ‘text ‘to remind them of their appointment. He was trying to decide if  a counsellor or a counselling organisation sending a text to a…

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Student counselling insurance – essential self care

Student Counsellor Insurance Being a student counsellor in placement can be a challenging and rewarding area to work in. However there are risks, which is why as a tutor I insist that all my ‘in practice’ learners have professional indemnity student counselling insurance. Professional indemnity insurance for student counsellors is essential because as a therapist your interactions…

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Five reasons why you should never counsel your friends

Five reasons why you should never counsel your friends Recently, one of my students asked me if it would be OK to practice counselling skills on her friends. It seemed a reasonably request from a diligent learner who wanted, to develop her counselling skills; however practicing counselling skills on friends may have some unforeseen consequences for both…

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Abused by Therapy – Katharine Mair

Abused by Therapy – Katharine Mair I have just come off the phone from our friends at Troubador publishing , based in Leicestershire , who are kindly sending me a review copy of Katharine Mair’s new book ‘ Abused by Therapy’. Mair,a retired clinical psychologist who has seen firsthand the damaging effects of ‘Recovered Memory Syndrome’, a controversial technique used by…

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Power in the counselling relationship

Well’ I thought to myself, – ‘I did not expect this to happen !’, as I processed the unexpected turn of events, which found me, stood along with the entire school population on an all weather pitch on a cold wet January morning, being ‘accounted for ‘ as part of a fire drill. As I waited for the…

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