Psychotherapy Services in South West London

Archive for November 2014

Medical developments for Bipolar Disorder

City University Biomedical Engineering Research Group (BERG) established in 2004 is leading the way in a discipline that is transforming developments in medicine and healthcare delivery. Developments in optical technologies mean that some sensors are no larger than a hair. Such technologies will enable patients with chronic […]

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Loneliness is a big killer

A recent meta-analysis of 148 studies demonstrated that loneliness is a big killer, comparable with smoking and  alcohol consumption, and a greater risk factor than obesity and physical activity (Holt-Lunstad et al, 2010). Humans need other humans to flourish and survive. Professor Bruce Hood wrote how the […]

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Abusive relationship

Can violent men change? Research has found that many men can reach  point where they no longer engage in violent behaviour in their intimate relationships. Coventry University – Kate Walker, Sarah Brown and Emma Sleath – have begun to understand the psychological processes involved in desisting from […]

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Special Cognitive Abilities: The Super Face Recognisers

Newborn infants prefer looking at schematic face shapes over jumbled images and appear able to distinguish their mother from other women after two days. We are design to recognise faces from the time we are born however not everyone is a good face recogniser. Some people are […]

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Depression – How to build resilience through CBT

Padesky (1993) talked eloquently of the difference between collaborative guided discovery of negative thoughts that maintain depression and attempting to change client’s mind. It is this difference of intention, along with awareness, that is consistent with client empowerment. As an example, is has been shown that a […]

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Therapy with disturbed children.

Initially children exposed to extremes of violence, poverty and neglect are traumatised, passively begging for change. They plead, sometimes they protest, and when they realise there is no hope for change, they undergo a psychological transformation. In a depleted but determined way, they shut down their capacity […]

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CBT and Therapeutic Relationship

An important premise for CBT is that the cause of client distress is maladaptive thinking. The therapist role is one of authority in the relationship as a result of the knowledge acquired during clinical training and the research evidence for CBT’s effectiveness. This authority enables the therapist […]

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How parents influence children’s cognitive abilities

Dandelion children are those that will thrive regardless of their environment, whereas orchid children are more dependent on how they are cared for. The conventional nature-nurture perspective held that susceptibility + bad environment does lead to a doubly bad outcome, and susceptibility + good environment actually leads […]

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The origins of CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT’s origins can be traced back over 60 years, to the beginning of behaviourism, a time when the psychoanalytic paradigm, concerned with the internal, conscious and unconscious dynamics of the mind, was dominant. The behaviourists put great importance on evidence and observable, measurable behaviour and proposed that […]

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Beliefs in Extraordinary Powers

Sometimes  we fall into the trap of attributing superpowers to individuals when the truth is that virtually anyone who is reasonably healthy would be able to perform the feats in question without any special training. Most of us have just near tried. Perhaps the prime example of […]

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