I wrote this article for the Guardian in response to some of the feedback I received from the talk I gave recently at Dr Aaron Balick’s Stillpoint Spaces London.
I am giving a talk as part of Aaron Balick’s ongoing series of events at Stillpoint Spaces London. Stupid, Crazy, Work: How even the jobs we love can drive us mad is on 1 November 2018. Tickets available here.
I found this article fascinating and a good compliment to the work of nutritionist Jeannette Hyde whose book, The Gut Makeover, is an eye-opener and a potential path to improved physical and mental health.
Jessica Morris has aggressive brain cancer and writes passionately here for welldoing.org about her hope that Patient Power might help provide enough data to attract new funding for research. http://welldoing.org/article/living-uncertainty
It can sometimes be hard to accept the death of a much-loved public figure in our lives. When it is a musician thoughts inevitably turn to what their music has meant to us. David Bowie was an iconic musical genius, a rebel, a trendsetter, a gent. I was asked to write about him the morning his death was announced. Here's my post:
This is an article written for welldoing.org about laughter and joking in the therapy room. I believe it can be important to laugh as well as cry during sessions but it doesn't always go to plan.
Welldoing.org the directory for people seeking a therapist in the UK is two year's old. I particularly liked these two recent articles. One from a therapist's point of view which is hugely helpful about first sessions http://welldoing.org/article/first-session-psychotherapist-first-date-doctors
and this one from a relatively new client's perspective which is brave, honest and moving http://welldoing.org/article/how-do-i-feel-therapy-big-question
Some really good news in terms of raising the profile of mental health issues, the need for more funding and equality with physical health care.
A fascinating new book, A Woman on the Edge of Time by Jeremy Gavron and published by Scribe has just been written about by Rachel Cooke in the Observer with real compassion and insight. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/nov/01/hannah-gavron-a-woman-on-the-edge-of-time
The story of a mother's suicide, a family's desire to keep the facts hidden and a son's coming to terms with what it all meant.
A great film which gives a real insight into the life of Amy Winehouse, her addiction, her place in her family. How bulimia can take hold, be ignored and lead to tragically fatal consequences. A wise film so worth watching. I've written about it for welldoing.org
I am honoured to have been elected onto the Council of Governors for the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust Foundation. Our job is to hold the Trust's Board of Directors to account and support their work in a challenging financial climate. I am particularly interested in helping to maintain the Trust's pre-eminent position in providing long term psychotherapy on the NHS.
I recently saw the documentary, Amy, about the singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. It is a very powerful film, illuminating rather than intrusive. It succeeds in giving us gives some insight into the pressures of the music industry, the far reaching effects of family break ups and what happens when bulimia and addiction get hold and help is not readily to hand. A writer in the Guardian shared her experience with her sister which is equally moving. http://www.theguardian.com/global/2015/jul/07/amy-winehouse-my-addict-sister
Scott Stossel's remarkable book, My Age of Anxiety, is rightly shortlisted for this year's Wellcome Book Prize. It should be on the reading list of all therapist training courses.
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews, published by Faber & Faber, is a moving novel that explores the theme of assisted suicide with passion and humour.