Books, psychotherapy

Books of the Week: Therapy and a Novel

Yesterday I posted about The Lost Man by Jane Harper, but I actually read that one last year, it was just embargoed until recently.

So, what have I read over the last seven days? Only two books, because the week was busy.  Continue reading “Books of the Week: Therapy and a Novel”

Books

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

I was excited about The Lost Man because Harper’s previous two novels, The Dry and Force of Nature, were both very good.

This one didn’t disappoint. Since her debut with The Dry, Jane Harper has consistenly proven herself as a writer of gripping thrillers with strong psychological threads.

Continue reading “The Lost Man by Jane Harper”

Freelance Life, Weekly Round-Ups

Balance And Boundaries

I’ve been thinking about balance and boundaries this week. A lot of people assume I’m bad at balance because I do so many things, but I’m actually surprisingly good at it. I know this because I used to be awful.

When I worked in advertising I used to work a 70-hour week almost every week. I also had a commute that ranged between four and seven hours per day depending on where we were living; and I worked in an industry that required me to go out almost every night drinking. It was not a healthy way to exist.  Continue reading “Balance And Boundaries”

Books

Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action by Tim Bond

I only read one book last week because time was tight. It was for uni, and it was about ethics in counselling. It was very interesting. I made a lot of notes.  Continue reading “Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action by Tim Bond”

Forensicating, Investigation

Matt McFadden on the Psychology of Child Exploitation Investigations

As most of you know by now, I’m currently training to be a psychotherapist, because I don’t have enough strings to my bow already. I know I want to practise existential psychotherapy but I’m not yet clear on whether there’s a particular group of clients I’d like to work with. I’ve recently been thinking, however, about working with law enforcement officers, particularly those who are engaged in investigating cases of child exploitation, human trafficking and counter terror. I have the advantage of understanding these industries from the inside, and hopefully with the benefit of psychotherapy training I’ll be able to make a difference to the field by helping people to deal with some of the things they’re seeing.  Continue reading “Matt McFadden on the Psychology of Child Exploitation Investigations”

Weekly Round-Ups

The Wheel of the Year

The beginning of February is marked by Imbolc, a traditional Celtic festival which heralds the start of spring. I swear winter gets later and later each year, and there are few signs of spring yet here in the UK. Personally I love the cold dark seasons, so this suits me fine, but I feel for my friends who find the dark days disheartening.

Back when I lived in Sussex as a teenager I’d go walking across the downs in February looking for Imbolc snowdrops, but now that I live in London it’s less easy to find time to head into the countryside, although I do live near several parks and a nature reserve on the river Thames.  Continue reading “The Wheel of the Year”

Monthly Round-Ups, Personal

Monthly Round-Up: January

Happy February! And happy Imbolc.

I thought I’d do a round-up at the end of each month this year to see what I’ve achieved and what I need to work on more. Here goes January’s. Continue reading “Monthly Round-Up: January”