On The Couch With Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, been there, seen the portraits multiple times and have the fridge magnet. And yet, I am always blown away by a life-size...

A Love Letter To Cabaret

Before I knew anything about psychotherapy, there was one film I returned to again and again to get me through the vicissitudes of life....

Just How Possible Is It To Change?

New Year, new you! So goes the popular trope of every supermarket magazine as January 1st comes around again. It is an appealing idea,...

At Christmas: The Cinderella Complex

With the Christmas season upon us, I thought it would be fun to revisit The Cinderella Complex, a best-selling self-help book from the...

The Beatles: Get Back

Forget Omicron, booster jabs and illicit Christmas parties, the conversation starter of the moment, said in excited, knowing tones has to...

About Shame

"How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole." - C. G. Jung Behind the...

The Genius Of Therapy Memes

One of my guilty pleasures is the therapy meme. Clever and deceptively spot on, their appeal is in their low tech approach which manages...

Being Human: Or How Not To Be A Robot

What makes us human? This is a question that has preoccupied philosophers, theologians, and artists for millennia. We can all agree that...

Nick Kamen: Masculinity Redefined

With the death of Nick Kamen from cancer at just 59, I’ve been reflecting on his impact and legacy. Here was a man who burned brightly in...

Rebecca: The Return To Manderley

The one novel I find myself returning to again and again is Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. The opening dream sequence draws the reader into...

Irvin Yalom: In Conversation

When I began my psychotherapy training, a friend who had just qualified gave me a book they thought I would enjoy. That book was The Gift...

Nourished: Freud, Food And Nigella

Back in in 1985, a long lost manuscript was discovered in the dusty archives of the Freud Museum in Hampstead, a final opus by the man...

A Life Retold

The sepia photograph is of a young man in his early twenties. The direct gaze is self-assured and arresting. The white carnation he wears...

A Liminal Life

In my practice room I have a framed photograph by the Walthamstow artist Paul Tucker, which people often take time to look at and comment...

The Beaches Of Our Youth

The actor Rupert Everett was on the radio recently, talking about ‘the beaches of his youth’, those places we regress to when we feel a...

Freud, Phantoms And Psychic Phenomena

As the nights draw in, and the shadows lengthen, the thin place between our world and the afterlife is said to open up allowing us to...

Questions And Answers

Everyone has a few questions as they start psychotherapy or counselling. Here are just a few of them: LONG TERM? SHORT TERM? OR A QUICK...

Crowns And Glory

A plastic crown worn by the Notorious B.I.G for a photoshoot just days before his murder, has sold at Sotheby’s in New York at their...

Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind

Saturday the 28th November 1981 dawned chilly and overcast. A low, damp fog hung over Catalina Island, 85km off the southern coast of...

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