Descriptive Links to Counselling and Psychotherapy organisations, books and other resources
Compiled by Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling
Explanation of theoretical approaches
This site begins: “Both Counsellors and Psychotherapists work from a variety of Theoretical Approaches with their clients. These therapies range from the type of Psychoanalysis, originally practised by Sigmund Freud and later developed into other forms of analytic psychotherapy by his pupils, through Humanistic Psychotherapy (based on personal growth and self-development) to the Behavioural Therapies used for dealing with specific phobias and anxieties. However there is evidence that the relationship between the counsellor and the client is more important than the approach the therapist uses. – This site presents an alphabetical list of commonly used Theoretical Approaches with brief descriptioncerts of their meanings…
Psychology Today –
Blogs by therapists and a wide variety of topics discussed on mental health issues. These renowned thinkers include top psychologists and psychiatrists, as well as intelligence operatives, lawyers, essayists, doctors, and animal researchers with a trained lens on what makes us tick.
The Emotional Revolution – Amazon.co.uk
The Emotional Revolution: Harnessing the Power of Your Emotions for a More Positive Life by Norman E. Rosenthal, M. D.
The holistic and embodied approach to Counselling
Site description: “One of the fundamental aspects of Gestalt Therapy is its’ commitment to working holistically. This means a Gestalt Therapist see a person as a ‘whole’ being whereby there is an inseparable unity of body, mind, emotions and spirit in which all function as one whole process.
Counselling and Attachment disorder – Counselling Directory
Counsellors and Psychotherapists dealing with Attachment disorder: www.counselling-directory.org.uk/distress-attachment-disorder.html
The Institute for Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)
The core mission of the institute is to review the most prominent and most promising models of the human body-mind, created by the major philosophers and psychologists, from the time of the Buddha and Plato to modern times. These include the models of Plato, Aristotle, Freud and the post-Freudians, Ellis and the cognitive-behaviourists, Attachment theory, Object relations, Transactional Analysis, Zen Buddhism, Moral philosophy, and many other useful ideas and theories. E-CENT Institute.***
David Wallin on Attachment and Psychotherapy: An interview with David on his remarkable book on attachment in psychotherapy.
An Introduction to Interpersonal Neurobiology:
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a pioneer in the field called interpersonal neurobiology (The Developing Mind, 1999) which seeks the similar patterns that arise from separate approaches to knowledge. This interdisciplinary field invites all branches of science and other ways of knowing to come together and find the common principles from within their often disparate approaches to understanding human experience: http://www.drdansiegel.com/about/interpersonal_neurobiology/
Good Therapy Blog – Advocating for ethical therapy. Comprehensive article series on psychological and emotional well-being.
Holistic Psychotherapy based on Psychosynthesis
Site blurb: “(This) Holistic therapy is based on Psychosynthesis, a technique that addresses the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional person as a whole. As a form of healing, holistic psychotherapy strives to address the symptoms of psychological and emotional distress that result from anxiety, depression, and other emotional issues. However, this method of therapy diverges from traditional psychotherapy in the method used to combat and correct these issues. Holistic therapy focuses not on the behaviours and thoughts that present from specific issues. Rather, this form of therapy concentrates its attention on the relationship people have with their world and how it is expressed through their sense of feeling, thinking, and being.
The Emotion Revolution – Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence
Description: “The Emotion Revolution: On Saturday, October 24th, the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence and Born This Way Foundation – created by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta – hosted the Emotion Revolution Summit to build awareness of the critical role emotions play in young people’s learning, decision-making, academic achievement, and overall wellness. …
The Implications of Attachment Theory in Counselling …
Text: “Over the past decade, researchers have found that Bowlby’s attachment theory (1973, 1988) has important implications for counselling and psychotherapy (Cassidy & Shaver, 1999, Lopez, 1995; Lopez & Brennan, 2000; Mallinckrodt, 2000). Attachment theory is a theory of affect regulation and interpersonal relationships. When individuals have caregivers who are emotionally responsive, they are likely to develop a secure attachment and a positive internal working model of self and others. http://societyforpsychotherapy.org/the-implications-of-attachment-theory-in-counseling-and-psychotherapy/
Psych Central – Blogs, experts and articles on mental health.
Interpersonal Neurobiology Certificate of Completion
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is an exciting interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, complexity theory, and relationship studies. Other related fields of study include, affective neuroscience, social neuroscience and social cognitive neuroscience. The interpersonal neurobiology perspective extends from the intricacies of neurobiology to the level of the interpersonal world. Because interpersonal neurobiology involves so many disciplines and areas of practice, this program is designed with flexible components to promote a central core of knowledge while facilitating each participant’s professional and personal application of the information.
Books by Dr Allan Schore, on Affect Regulation and the art of psychotherapy…
Introduction: “His contributions appear in multiple disciplines, including developmental neuroscience, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, attachment theory, trauma studies, behavioural biology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work. His ground-breaking integration of neuroscience with attachment theory has led to his description as “the American Bowlby,” with emotional development as “the world’s leading authority on how our right hemisphere regulates emotion and processes our sense of self,” and with psychoanalysis as “the world’s leading expert in neuro-psychoanalysis.”
Understanding Integrative psychotherapy:
Description: “The most recent edition of the Handbook of Psychotherapy Integration (Norcross & Goldfried, 2005) recognized four general routes to integration: Common Factors, Technical Eclecticism, Theoretical Integration, and Assimilative Integration (Norcross, 2005). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrative_psychotherapy
Psychotherapy Training at The John Bowlby Centre
The Bowlby Centre: Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training and Referrals. We are an organisation committed to the development, promotion and practice of an attachment-based, psychoanalytic relational approach to psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy.net – Resources to inspire therapists.
Bowlby’s Attachment Theory
Saul McLeod begins his blog post like this: “John Bowlby (1907 – 1990) was a psychoanalyst (like Freud) and believed that mental health and behavioural problems could be attributed to early childhood.
“Bowlby’s evolutionary theory of attachment suggests that children come into the world biologically pre-programmed to form attachments with others, because this will help them to survive.” http://www.simplypsychology.org/bowlby.html
FEMALE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
Despite the frequent overlap between domestic abuse and mental ill health, mental health professionals don’t always recognise the issue of abuse and may therefore be unaware of it.
You yourself may feel unable to disclose the abuse to your GP or to your community psychiatric nurse (CPN) or your psychiatrist (if you have one). So you may find that the reasons for your depression or other difficulties are ignored.
You may feel blamed for the abuse. Sometimes you are very likely simply to be offered medication (such as anti-depressants or sleeping pills) instead of being given an opportunity to talk about what is happening or has happened to you.
If you have left the relationship it may take a long time for you to come to terms with what has happened. You may suffer continued abuse and harassment long after the relationship itself has ended – and you are likely to live in fear of it for much longer. You may also experience flashbacks long after the violence has ceased.
MALE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
(About one third of all domestic violence victims is male!)
“The founders have at some point been victims and survivors of Intimate Partner Violence in the hands of their ex-wives. All through the period of abuse, they sought help for several years and there was absolutely no help and support available. Because there was no help and support available for them and their small children, they had to do everything humanly possible for the safety of their small children and they themselves.
“After so many months’ battle, they and their children are now free and they have full custody of their children. Through these horrible experiences which they had suffered, they were therefore, inspired to find a way to provide help and support to other men who may be going through all the experiences which they had gone through in the past.”
Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies
Introduction: “Welcome! The Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the science, practice, and application of interpersonal neurobiology to promote health and wellbeing. We are an inclusive, international community bringing our understanding of minds, brains, and relationship into healthcare, education, leadership, research, parenting, and more.
The International Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy (ISPC)
The International Society of Psychotherapy and Counselling (ISPC) is an independent educational and research body, which provides professional membership services, including licencing, insurance and related services.
A Registered Charity – Caring for Emotional Health
Counselling is a rapidly expanding professional membership organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists in the Britsh Isles. To date, we have established a network of 2700 affiliated CCC Registered Counsellors.
Natural Therapy for all
GoodTherapy.org is an international association of counselors, therapists, and psychologists who believe people are equipped to transform the obstacles to optimum health and happiness. As a leading advocate for healthy psychotherapy, GoodTherapy.org is ranked as one of the leading mental health organizations and therapist referral sources on the web.
PSYCHOTHERAPISTS AND COUNSELLORS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY:
PCSR – The Organisation and the Website: Welcome to PCSR’s new interactive website for therapists counsellors and all who have an interest in politics and social responsibility. Anyone with an interest is very welcome to join the website; however this does not make you a member of the organisation. To become a paid-up member of the organisation PCSR and get the benefits, e.g. journals and conference discounts visit the ‘join’ page.
Join the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union!
Announcement: “Following last weekend’s joint conference of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union is being formed.
In their own words, the PCU aims to: bring together counsellors, psychotherapists and other practitioners from every corner of the field, including trainees on an equal basis; campaign for true diversity and equal opportunities in the therapy world, and support individuals who are discriminated against; campaign to reform IAPT and other ‘therapy-lite’ substitutes, while at the same time supporting IAPT practitioners with their grievances; campaign against the use of therapy to get people off benefits and/or back to work; change the system whereby starting practitioners have to work unpaid, often with very complex issues and without adequate support…
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