Archive for June, 2009

29 Jun 2009

Dealing with the internal critic

Don’t we all have one: the internal voice that judges our actions and behaviours against a moral compass to keep us on the right path? Or do you also have a more persecutory and pernicious version that tells you that you are stupid or talentless or embarrassing or a big head or ugly or unloveable or…….? (You may add your own particular self-punishment here!)

When people come to therapy they eventually get to the point where they acknowledge their internal self-loathing, as this is the aspect of self that has driven them to therapy in the first place. Sometimes they hear the voice. Sometimes it is a little more hidden.

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23 Jun 2009

What is the difference between Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Humanistic Psychotherapy?

Human beings are meaning-making creatures. We are compelled to make sense of the world in which we live: compelled to order, classify and structure it in order to create meanings that will allow us to both interpret and predict our experiences. The world does not come with ready-made or fixed meanings, however. We create our own meanings via our experience of the world and our relationship with our environment.

As a small baby this is primarily a sensory experience.

I feel hungry/cold/tired, I cry, I am fed/cuddled/soothed to sleep.

And so we learn that our environment is safe, holding and reliable. As we move from small babyhood we start to use our cognition to make meanings.

I fall over, I hurt, grown-ups soothe me: I am important to them. I am loud and happy, grown-ups laugh with me: I am a loveable person.

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14 Jun 2009

Right-brain training

If you’re reading this then it’s likely that you are looking for a new course provider for your organisation.  And if you are looking for a course provider, then it’s also likely that you have done a bit of your own research on the plethora of courses that are available.

There are many excellent course providers around, most with good credentials and plenty of experience. So you might be wondering why you would choose me to provide your staff training?

I  believe I  can offer something……well, if not unique, then at least a little bit different.

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