psychosomatic

The 8 Kinds of Relationship to the Symptom (2005, simple)

This is the simplified version of a handout prepared for a presentation at a conference for therapists working in primary care, who were interested in bringing an embodied perspective to their patients. Later this became the basis for a regular CPD workshop I was running on 'working with illness and [...]

Psychotherapy: the ‘Relating Cure’ – Relating to the Psychosomatic Symptom (2005)

This article was written as a response to some interview questions by Penny Gray, the editor of the Healthcare Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal. It is primarily addressed to counsellors working in the NHS, but it also covers wider questions regarding the bodymind and psychosomatic aspects of counselling. It clarifies the [...]

The 8 Kinds of Relationship to the Symptom (2005)

This handout was prepared for a presentation at a conference for therapists working in primary care, who were interested in bringing an embodied perspective to their patients. Later this became the basis for a regular CPD workshop I was running on 'working with illness and psychosomatic symptoms'. The idea is [...]

Is there ‘Soul’ in Illness – Symptom-Reduction or Transformation?

This presentation to both psychological and complementary practitioners was intended to provide an impetus towards mutual learning between these two groups of therapists at the Oxford-based Wellbeing Clinic (of which I was a managing partner for some years). The psychological practitioners can learn from the holistic foundation in most complementary [...]

Who Lives in the Symptom? Who Wants to Get Rid of it?

Designed for counsellors in Primary Care, this presentation for the first time introduces comprehensively my 'eight ways of relating to the symptom'. Based on the notion that ALL responses to the symptom can be functional and therapeutic at times, depending on the circumstances and the patient's habitual patterns, I propose [...]