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Focusing: A way to deepen experiencing for more effective psychotherapy

Oct 27, 13 Focusing: A way to deepen experiencing for more effective psychotherapy

In the mid 1960s, a philosophy student named Eugene Gendlin started asking some hard questions about the process of psychotherapy: “Why doesn’t therapy succeed more often?… When it does succeed, what is it that those patients and therapists do? What is it that the majority fail to do?”

Over the next 15 years, Gendlin and his colleagues at the University of Chicago (including founder of the client-centered school of therapy, Carl Rogers) conducted a series of studies that concluded something surprising about psychotherapy: the key element to success is not the skill of the therapist, nor their methodology, but the therapy client’s own inner process.

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Women and Depression

Sep 19, 13 Women and Depression

For ten years, Gina suffered in silence with an illness that affects one in four women during the course of a lifetime. The illness affected her eating and sleeping habits, her ability to concentrate, her sense of self-worth, her sex drive and her ability to enjoy life. She felt tired all the time, and while she managed to keep up with her work duties, nothing was accomplished without tremendous effort. At times Gina’s illness was so severe, she felt like killing herself.

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Jul 19, 12 Dreamwork

Why do we dream?

Theories abound, but no one is sure. We do know that everybody dreams, even animals, and that if we are deprived of the REM sleep we need for dreaming, we fare very poorly. (Rats deprived of REM sleep lose the ability to regulate body temperature and die!) So the sleep most often associated with dreaming is necessary for our bodies to function. And dreams are considered necessary as well by many — for emotional regulation, encoding of memory — whether we choose to work with our dreams or not. However, if we do delve more deeply into the fascinating world of our dreams and actively work with them, we are often rewarded.

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A new understanding of grieving

Feb 10, 11 A new understanding of grieving

(This article by Leslie Ellis appeared in a recent issue of Insights into Clinical Counselling)

Although the classic stages of grieving delineated by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross over 40 years ago are well known and widely accepted, more current research shows that grieving does not follow such a tidy, linear formula but comes more in waves or in a spiral pattern unique to each person, and to the particular loss they are grieving. To heal from grief is now seen as less about letting go and moving on, and more about finding constructive ways to hold on to what was meaningful about the person or thing they have lost.

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