Category Archives: Therapy session

The importance of challenge in the therapeutic relationship


We have been working on our receptive skills for the main part of the year thus far, how we hold the work of clients. It is important to remember that it is critical to cultivate a degree of restraint in … Continue reading

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Acting out – What are the fantasies?


This week’s lecture was on “acting out”. It is tempting to view the term “acting out” as a throw back to the hippy culture of coolness.  In fact Freud talked a lot about “acting out” saying that patients do not remember … Continue reading

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Resistance in therapy – infinitely variable


This week’s lecture was on resistance in therapy. This was particularly useful given that I am now seeing clients at the drop in centre. Resistance is viewed as a positive force which opposed the return to memory of painful experiences. … Continue reading

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Group Supervision


I have now had my first group supervision session for my drop in centre.  It was an amazing experience to be amongst about 18 trainees bringing all sorts of issues to group discussion.  Confidentiality of client issues at drop in … Continue reading

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Seeing the first client on placement


I have now seen my first client.  It is a relief to finally start on the road when hitherto there has been so much theory and triage group work on my course.  I have secured a placement role on the back up roster for a … Continue reading

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Clinical personality types


Last night’s lecture was part 2 of clinical personality types and it was fascinating. The previous week was all about the schizoid (fixated in the oral development) and the obsessive (hiding of feelings). Last night covered the depressive and hysterical types. … Continue reading

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Slow down slow down slow then


If you are feeling angry then slow down. If you are feeling anxious then slow down. If you are dealing with an angry client then slow down.  Asking an angry person to start describing what is happening to them and what … Continue reading

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