Therapy, Symptoms and a Work of Art

Many people enter therapy because their day-to-day life has become disrupted by symptoms: for example, obsessions, compulsions, anxiety, depression, problematic relationships as well as chronic states of confusion, resentment, rage and despair. What is a symptom? We are probably all familiar with medical symptoms. They usually appear on the surface of our body and are […]

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From Anxiety to a Kiss

I recently gave a talk on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 movie, Suspicion. Cary Grant and Oscar-winning Joan Fontaine are the stars in this Hitchcock thriller set in England in the early 1930s. The plot is typical of Hitchcock, a sewing together of circumstantial events that increasingly leads Fontaine (as Lina) to suspect Grant (as her husband, […]

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Depression, Mourning and Melancholia

An Explosion of Depression? Google’s release in 2017 of the UK’s popular search terms led ITV News to claim, ‘Britain amongst the most depressed and anxious countries in the world.’     In an article based on figures from NHS Digital, also released in 2017, BBC News reported anti-depressants to be the most common treatment […]

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Freeing Speech

Talking Therapy with Graham Norton, Orlando Bloom and Tamsin Greig Outside of our awareness so much of our time and energy is spent routinely editing and censoring ourselves. For example, how often have we heard someone say, I don’t wish to criticise you, but…? We may well wonder why did they bother raising the matter […]

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