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If you’re a therapist, how much of yourself do you invest in a session with a patient who’s hard to reach?

If you’re a patient, how much effort does your therapist make to understand what it’s like to be you?

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Far away to the North, in Lapland, some say, Santa’s elves are elving away making Christmas presents ready for good little girls and boys. What would be on a mental health Christmas list, I wonder? Immediate response to every psychiatric crisis? Coordinated team treatment without any referrals or waiting lists? Effective home treatment that keeps people off medication and out of hospital? Perhaps, if you’ve been very, very good…

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It’s a very warm day here today, by UK standards, too warm to stay outside. So here I am, catching up on the huge backlog of blogs in my reader. Time was, I followed just a few mental health bloggers, reading everything. But I gradually added more and more feeds until now there is just too much to take in.

The trouble is, all of it is important — important enough for those bloggers to write about and share with the world, and surely important enough for me to read. Nevertheless, it’s a task in which I fail.

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Nearly a quarter of a century ago the groundbreaking psychologist Carl Rogers, then 83, was recorded answering wide-ranging questions from a professional audience. Listening to the recording now, it’s remarkable how little some things have changed over the years.

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There’s a way of doing psychotherapy that’s known as integrative, because it is supposed to integrate other ways of doing psychotherapy. You get the best of them all that way…or do you?

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Ever since I started writing here, I have thought of myself as an anonymous blogger. That’s not the case at all, it turns out, as two separate things that happened to me last week revealed. The two experiences illuminated opposite sides of what it means to have an identity, and why identity is important for psychotherapists.

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