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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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In a recent TED talk, an expert in the management of chronic pain in children explains neuropathic pain, a form of chronic pain in which the nervous system itself becomes faulty and creates the experience of intense pain, both the sensation of pain in the brain and the side-effects of injury in the affected (but not actually injured) part of the body.

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There’s a neurological model of colour perception that leads to surprising conclusions about colours, and interesting parallels with emotions.

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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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booksThe wilful narrowness of much academic training for mental health professionals never ceases to astonish me.

Its worst effect is that those professionals who have the most impressive qualifications and titles can turn out to be be the least skilled treatment providers, which makes it very difficult for patients who are serious about recovery to find a competent therapist.

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I Choose AuthenticityIn talk from June’s TED in Houston, sociology researcher and storyteller Brené Brown explains how she discovered that vulnerability is the key to feeling connection with other people, to having a sense of love and belonging.

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There was a psychiatrist (now retired) whose referrals for psychotherapy would include helpful advice about how CBT treatment should proceed. Alas, this psychiatrist had only the vaguest idea about how CBT works, and the advice invariably missed the point.

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As the warm weather here continues, I naturally have thoughts of chilly places — cold storage for example. We put things in cold storage so that they will still be fresh when we retrieve them.

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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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