19 April 2017
The April issue of Therapy Today is out now.
|Therapy Today, April 2017
There’s something a little contradictory about the content of this month’s issue: an article decrying diagnosis and the medical-model approach to mental distress, alongside another on the benefits of neuroscientific research.
As this month’s cover feature reports, brain scans are revealing fascinating data about the human brain, its immense plasticity and how changes in size and activity relate to different mental states. The scans don’t tell us what causes depression, but neuroscientific research does seem to be building a body of physiological evidence to illuminate the black box of hypothesis and conjecture about happens when people engage with talking therapies and the lights start to flicker back on.
Lucy Johnstone and Jo Watson’s powerful article on diagnosis explains how this approach to understanding individual mental distress and treating it in fact can do the very opposite, by stopping people telling their stories in their own ways about what has happened to them.
As if to illustrate the importance of listening, we have Julia Samuel’s powerful tale of her work with her bereaved client Cheryl, tracking back to her childhood to find the key that will unlock to door to her grief for her mother.
Then Steve Heigham draws on his own work, particularly with young people, to show how evolutionary psychology can be a useful adjunct to counselling. And Surabhi Chaturvedi offers some moving accounts from young homeless people about how counsellors can help them (and how they sometimes don’t).
This month’s dilemma is the tricky issue of what to do if you think a colleague is mentally unfit to continue in practice; in Talking Point, counsellors talk about how they attend to their personal safety, and Scottish counsellor Ada Blair explains the comfort and release she gets from looking at the night skies. Plus, of course, your letters and The Month, with new books, films, videos, blogs and broadcasts. Enjoy!
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