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A new peer counselling initiative for North London

My GP practice in North London is pretty switched on, by my estimation (which is, of course, not to say that it necessarily is). So I was intrigued to discover a new initiative starting up in which patients registered at the practice can join a group called ‘Talk for Health’, billed as ‘a programme for…

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Greener pastures for the New Year

Happy New Year from all at 96 Harley Psychotherapy! May 2014 herald green shoots, steady growth and forward momentum. Staying with the green theme, I couldn’t help but notice a new study published by the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology which offers encouraging news for those who are planning to move to areas with…

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Mental health and casual sex. What sort of bedfellows?

I have no doubt there are those who would argue for the benefits of sex, sex and more sex. Loosening us up, chilling us out, opening us up to creativity – why, it’s a surprise there are not more of us putting it about. Perhaps such lines of thinking can be traced back to Sigmund…

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Schizophrenia Awareness Week, November 11-17, 2013

R.D. Laing And so it is upon us – Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2013, now with just two days to go until the closing gong. So here I am doing my bit, in the hope that my small action here will help to de-stigmatise what must be an incredibly difficult condition to live with. I have…

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Good news for paedophiles

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has recently re-classified paedophilia in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, mark five (DSM-V). In a move towards destigmatising the disorder, the organisation has changed their terminology to describe paedophilia as a ‘sexual orientation’, thereby opening the door to paedophiles arguing that their behaviour (as per the precedent…

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A therapy that makes good horse sense

Just lately, I’ve been hearing reports from a friend about her experience of equine psychotherapy. Once a week, she boards a train and heads for the hills, so to speak, to meet with her four-legged chestnut therapist (who, for the purposes of this post, is just out of view munching on turf in the scene…

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Who’s got OCD? Obsessive treatment of OCD on TV screens this week

People seem to be returning to the subject of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) rather a lot lately (boom-boom). And is it any wonder. Almost half of the UK adult population believe themselves to be suffering from mild to severe OCD, a recent study reveals. The study, conducted by Benenden Health in partnership with OCD UK,…

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It’s standing room only in English mental health facilities

In this post-modern era (and I never have been entirely sure what that means) it’s difficult to know, at least from the outside, what’s going on with mental health services in the NHS. In recent weeks I’ve written about a friend of mine who has lately been confined to a secure unit in North London…

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