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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...

Mudlarking The Mind

One of my earliest memories is of being photographed as a 2-year-old. It was a blustery day, and I was standing in a neighbour’s garden,...

Estrangement In Strange Times

On Radio 2 this week, the Rev Kate Bottley was talking about how the coronavirus pandemic has brought her closer to her mother and...

Daddy Issues: Freud and Fathers

Papas, patriarchy and primogeniture loom large in the life and work of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. In his exploration...

Diana: Reinterpreting Her Legacy

Portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales - courtesy Shanks Fine Art The 31st of August 1997 started out sunny. A glorious Sunday morning. The...

George Michael: The Archetypes And The Angel

‘One without myth is like one uprooted, having no true link either with the past, or with the ancestral life which continues with him, or...

Tales of the City - It Feels Like Home

As a teenager, I was desperate for anything that would help me make sense of who I was. This was the 80s and diverse role models were...

Time To Abolish Boarding Schools?

'I was remembering my breakdown at boarding school, the experience of calling home in the middle of the night, 'please can I come home,...

How Not To Murder Your Business Partner

The old adage goes that an unhappy business partnership is like an unhappy marriage but with one exception, it is cheaper to get a...

A Place Called Home

As a psychotherapist, I am always interested in what home means to people. Home is one of those archaic concepts that has appeared in...

How To Mend A Broken Heart

'As anyone knows who's been through heartbreak - you need to find your way back to your self' - Armistead Maupin - Tales of the City A...

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