Are you reading CRAPP?

There are so many opinions and bits of information on various blogs, in articles and touted by self-appointed experts, but are you reading something that is worth while or is it just another biased anecdotal experience?  Or could it be deliberately misleading you to believe in something that totally misleading? You should never be afraidContinue reading “Are you reading CRAPP?”

Group Psychotherapy Preamble

I’m often asked what’s a good preamble for a group, some practitioners just list a big long list of do’s and don’t. This can be helpful to establish rules but it isn’t a good preamble. Here is an example of one I find quite useful, I believe it comes from the Priory in London originally:Continue reading “Group Psychotherapy Preamble”

Professional Boundaries

In rehab setting it’s important for everyone to adhere to boundaries of some description. Clients need boundaries in order to make their therapy more effective and on point.   If boundaries are loose there can be a lot of trouble in future. Professional boundaries should be firm, not flexible, the resistance or objection you may receiveContinue reading “Professional Boundaries”

Which Practice is Best? Pt.1

Which version of practice do you think is best? New Ways Old Ways Person Centered Practitioner Based Strength-based Problem-based Skills Based Deficit Focused Collaboration Professional Dominance Quality of Life Cure/amelioration Community Integration Acute Treatment Empowerment/choices Dependence Community Integration Acute Treatment Least restrictive Episodic Preventative Reactive   Which do you agree with more in treating addiction?Continue reading “Which Practice is Best? Pt.1”

Counseling in Asia

Where to find Counseling in Asia? I am often asked by people where to find good counseling in Asia, it can actually be surprisingly difficult in Asia to find a counselor who is A)In the same time-zone B) understands your needs in your own language. I work in the field of addiction within private-rehabs soContinue reading “Counseling in Asia”

Children on Xanax need addiction treatment

From the BBC Children on Xanax now seeking treatment for the deadly drug. The number of children being treated for addiction to tranquilisers has skyrocketed to more than 300, according to Public Health England. The drug Xanax, and copies of it, accounted for the sharpest rise – from eight children receiving treatment in 2016-17 toContinue reading “Children on Xanax need addiction treatment”

Family Therapy – Part 2

The founder of “Conjoint Family Therapy” was Virginia Satir. It’s impossible to write about family therapy without mentioning her name.  Although some may consider her work to be dated and unscientific she undoubtedly made some very uncanny observations about the way we as human beings behave in families.  Her contribution to this field is withoutContinue reading “Family Therapy – Part 2”

Family Therapy – A Brief History of Part 1

Historically psychotherapy has always been about treating the individual, some methods of therapy (of which there are in excess of 160 different kinds!) still believe in just treating the individual completely independantly of their family or friends. Bowlby and Freud started working with some family members, in particular Bowlby was concerned about attachments that weContinue reading “Family Therapy – A Brief History of Part 1”