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Monday, 18 September 2017

What should I ask in my intake session?

Structuring a therapy session - especially a first one - is a problem for many new therapists, and some not so new. We know we need to collect quite a bit of information, but there is often very little structure taught as to how to do this. Lots of good stuff about clean language, open questions etc, but not so much on what to actually ask.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Therapists - should you specialise?


Students often ask - usually towards the end of their training - whether it’s a good idea to specialise in some way. So, as Max Bygraves used to say, I wanna tell you a story…

My Mum recently had occasion to consult a solicitor. Nothing earth shattering, just for basic advice on wills after a change in circumstances. A firm we found said they offered 'legal advice for the elderly'. Sounds good, right? The guy she saw was friendly and helpful, everything was fine. (Bear with me, the therapy part is coming soon. Perhaps this is more like Ronnie Corbett than Max Bygraves.)

Monday, 17 July 2017

Ten things you need to know about silence in therapy


We talk a lot about communication skills in therapy, but one which tends to take a back seat is silence. Not the kind of exaggerated silence you get from the mime on the right there, but the different and subtle ways in which silence itself can be a form of communication between you and your client.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Therapeutic Metaphors

A metaphor is a figure of speech in which one thing is used to describe another to bring attention to the elements they have in common. For example, describing life as a 'roller coaster' makes a parallel between the physical ups and downs of the ride and the emotional ones of life in general.