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In Fear of coffee I mentioned the renowned American CBT therapist, Christine Padesky. One of the recurring themes in her work has been to counter the notion that CBT is just about providing helpless patients with techniques for solving their problems, by emphasizing that patients always come to therapy with capabilities and strengths of their very own.

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Patients and bloggers often complain about their GPs’ lack of understanding of mental health, so I was interested to come across an article recently that suggests some ways in which the work of GPs (primary care) could be better aligned with mental health care.

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An animated TV documentary broadcast by the BBC illustrates some useful ideas in counselling and psychotherapy. It’s a bit creepy, too.

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I noticed today that Depression Awareness Week is coming, according the website of the charity Depression Alliance. This year it’s going to be the week of 11th-18th April — oh — well, I suppose I’m in no position to complain that they don’t update their website very often.

Like many sources of information and self-help about mental illness, Depression Alliance have a fuzzy definition of what mental illness is, and that’s much more serious.

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This month’s draft guideline from the health quango NICE on the long-term management of self harm provides a revealing perspective on the NHS’s inadequacies, which go beyond failures in the treatment of individual cases to NICE itself and the basis for its existence.

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I’ve been doing my sums, making me feel as if I have come back from my summer hols to face some tedious maths coursework that has to be completed before term starts. But this was not coursework. It’s a review of the NHS initiative to improve access to psychological therapies, IAPT.
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It’s time for me to face it. CBT just doesn’t work (in some cases). Even formulated CBT with an experienced therapist can sometimes be a failure. (more…)

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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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Here are some links to other sites that illustrate the beauty of good science, and the ugly truth about bad science.

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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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