Should I seek therapy?
Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy
by BHP
1w ago
Many stressors can impact on our emotional wellbeing such as financial pressures, time pressures, loneliness, physical health problems, insecurity of housing, insecurity of job contracts, loss, bereavement, relationship problems, work stress, family, caring for others, a trauma, adverse childhood experiences, etc. The list is endless. The build-up of these stressors can often result in mental health difficulties such as stress, anxiety, depression or low self-esteem. We can often feel that we are out of control. Anxiety and depression are very common problems in mental health, with one in fou ..read more
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How does CBT help with low mood and depression?
Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy
by BHP
2w ago
What is the difference between low mood and depression? We all can experience low periods in life. This might be triggered by stressful events, being in pain or physically unwell, relationship problems, stress at work, life changes such as change of job or redundancy, a loss or a bereavement. Low mood lifts after a few days or weeks. And with the implementation of some life changes, such as talking about your problems, addressing work-life balance, exercising, resolving a situation, mood is likely to improve. Depression is when you feel persistently low and sad for weeks or months rather than ..read more
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Reflections on bereavement
Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy
by BHP
3w ago
The experience of loss and grief from bereavement are often explored in psychotherapy. Finding a way to cope and move forward, when the weight of emotion feels intense. The knowledge that life ends and how we go through the associated grief is something that is hard to prepare for. Much is written about loss and grief, but from experience some common themes do emerge. Loss is not a straight line How do we deal with, process and manage bereavement, loss and grief? There is evidence of stages, an indication of what one might experience and how one might cope. This is always reassuring to think ..read more
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Some living questions
Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy
by BHP
1M ago
It is desire which creates the desirable, and the project that sets up the end. It is human existence which makes values spring up in the world, on the basis of which it will be able to judge the enterprise in which it will be engaged. Simone de Beauvoir, 1994, The Ethics of Ambiguity, p. 15 Existential therapy challenges the notion of therapy as a technical or necessarily structured enterprise which strives to help a client function better, along contemporary western trends. Such as, assuming a good life is based on being physically, sexually, socially, and intellectually well-functioning or ..read more
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Compulsive use of pornography
Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy
by BHP
1M ago
More people now identify as being compulsive users of pornography that at any other time, due in large part to the ease of access to pornography through online platforms. Such a compulsive use, or ‘addiction’ as it is often termed can have a damaging impact on the individual and those around them. The negative effects on quality of life or general functioning can include guilt, shame, isolation, damaged relationships, reduced performance at work or school, potential job loss and financial expenses. Whilst this list is not exhaustive, it illustrates that like other ‘addictions’, the compulsion ..read more
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Why is three the magic number? Third spaces, secure bases and creative living (part two)
Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy
by BHP
1M ago
In my last blog ‘What is the unconscious?’, I attempted a very brief explanation of what we might mean and understand when we refer to the unconscious and how exploring this unknown territory is an integral aspect of the therapeutic alliance. This alliance can be described as an intersubjective (between two people) process, in which Thomas Ogden identified a phenomenon which he named ‘the analytic third’ – ‘ the jointly created unconscious life of the analytic pair’ (2004). The old adage tells us: two heads are better than one. When two systems, substances or minds meet, they can mingle, merg ..read more
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What happens in groups: free-floating discussion
Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy
by BHP
2M ago
There are many overlaps and similarities between what happens in one-to-one and group therapy. There are also many differences. Below I am going to talk about a group process called ‘free-floating discussion’ (Foulkes 1964, pp 40, 126). In any group session, individual members are likely to bring in something for attention from the group. For example, this might be a problem, a narrative from the past or present, a dream, a dilemma, or a difficult feeling or experience, and so on. The group will generally respond to whatever is being presented in a similar way to an individual therapist. For ..read more
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Ageing and death
Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy
by BHP
2M ago
Ageing and death are two topics we find difficult to think and talk about.   Do you remember when you first realised you were a grown up?  Major events like the loss of a parent signal a change in the social pecking order, and how society or the world sees us. There are moments that symbolise the start of a new phase, when we move from one stage of life to another, and age is the primary signifier.  It usually happens when we are least aware of the transformation.  Moving from child to adult, and young adult to adulthood, maturity and old age.  As ageing adults ..read more
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No space to be heard?
Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy
by BHP
3M ago
When life feels like it’s getting on top of us, it can feel like there’s no space for our thoughts and feelings to be heard. This can make us feel isolated, and the problems we’re trying to deal with seem a lot worse. This points to the core of what therapy offers: physical and psychological space where you can voice your problems and feel meaningfully heard and understood. This article aims to introduce some of the different types of space we use in therapy and how they might help. Trusted space The consulting room where the therapy takes place is separate from your everyday life, free from ..read more
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Don’t tear down psychological fences until you understand their purpose
Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy
by BHP
3M ago
In the field of social reform there is a wise principle called ‘Chesterton’s fence’ which, in simple terms, suggests that reforms should not be implemented until the existing state of affairs is understood. In other words, don’t tear down a fence until you understand why it was erected in the first place. In the world of psychotherapy, which is more focused on the individual than the collective, Chesterton’s fence can and should be a core aspect of our work. Our role is to tread curiously and carefully at the patient’s pace, understanding with them why they do what they do, rather than pathol ..read more
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