The nature of anxiety

For many people, anxiety is an ever-present, and distinctly unwelcome, companion. Sometimes it can erupt into a full blown panic attack, but often it’s just there in background: a barely perceptible but continual sense of unease, a sense of anticipation that something unnamed but terrible is about to happen. And …

Why psychotherapy?

In some ways this is a continuation of my previous post What is psychotherapy?1  However, I think it is also pertinent to ask why anyone might wish to engage the services of a psychotherapist, especially when this can potentially be a long term and, consequently, an expensive commitment. It might …

What is psychotherapy?

If you had asked this question one hundred years ago the answer would have been simple: psychotherapy was just another term for psychoanalysis – Freud’s ‘talking cure’.  Since that time, however it’s become increasingly difficult to define psychoanalysis itself let alone psychotherapy, of which there are now literally hundreds of …

Coach or couch?

I remember attending a very interesting talk on executive coaching a while ago and the presenter – who was both a therapist and a coach, was quite open in admitting that a great deal of coaching is psychotherapy under a different name. Managers and executives will accept coaching whereas they …

On being lonely

A few weeks ago Marion McGilvary wrote an article in The Guardian entitled I’m lonely. Is that so odd?.1 This was the latest in a series of articles that she has written over the last couple of years on the trials and tribulations of being a fifty-something divorced mother.  However, …