About our July issue
As counsellors and psychotherapists, we often focus on the internal world. But what about the external world? Surely our mental health – and that of our clients – is affected by what’s happening on the outside as much as the inside. The article on money and mental health presents evidence of a link between psychological difficulties and financial problems. Maybe we should think about signposting some of our clients to resources to help them to manage their finances?
We also consider in this issue the impact of old age on mental health. In a moving extract from a book on counselling older people, we find out whether therapy can help an elderly man with dementia to hold onto his identity.
If you work in the NHS, you might have come across SNOMED-CT, a consistent clinical vocabulary. An article in this issue discusses the pros and cons of a common healthcare language.
Many of us are struggling to find meaning and purpose in the pandemic, which puts us in a similar position to some of our clients. One psychotherapist offers his own reflections.
Naomi Caine, Editor, Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
Working with a psychiatric diagnosis
Open article: It’s important for therapists to consider their own views about psychiatric diagnosis, in order to offer clients a safe space to explore its subjective meanings, writes Rachel Freeth. Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, July 2021
Waiting for the Southsea bus
In an extract from her recent book about counselling older people, Helen Kewell introduces us to 95-year-old Tom, her first ever client, who is struggling to adjust to life in a care home. Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, July 2021
Chair’s report: A parallel epidemic
'Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychological practitioners within the NHS have also devoted themselves entirely to tackling a parallel epidemic: loss and bereavement.' Regular column from Angela Clarke. Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, July 2021
About Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal aims to keep healthcare practitioners up to date with topical and therapeutic developments in the sector, providing a forum for communication and learning. Insightful and informed features from practitioners working in the field bring up-to-the-minute thinking, opinion and best practice, alongside relevant news, research and training.
Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal is published in January, April, July and October.
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The power of the few
Open article: Clients can achieve positive change in relatively few sessions, as long as the therapist adopts the right mindset and assumptions. John Wheeler looks at the ideas behind solution-focused practice. Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, April 2021
Sizing up obesity
Open article: The Government wants us to lose weight, to protect both ourselves and the NHS. Deanne Jade argues that diets contribute to the stigma around fatness and suggests a more compassionate approach.Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, January 2021
The healing power of pets
Open article: Animals can play a therapeutic role in supporting our mental health and in the treatment of conditions such as depression and addiction, writes Dr Christine Rhodes. Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, October 2020