2009 “The value of supervision training” Supervision Review Summer 9-15
The paper reviews the data collected from forty respondents to a questionnaire on
supervision training which was sent to two hundred subscribers to Supervision Review.
Respondents evaluated aspects of their training and demonstrated their preferences through a rating scale. Provisional ideas are offered about the meaning of these preferences and the particular role of anxiety in learning is considered.
2008 “Clinical Notes – a Neglected Channel?” Supervision Review Summer. 2-6
The matter of how we as therapists write clinical notes and we, as supervisors, encourage our supervisees to use them as preparation for supervision, can sometimes appear to be a rather dry and peripheral issue. There are important practical and legal aspects to note-keeping but in this paper I want to explore the ways that notes may enhance the therapeutic relationship both through the reflection and self supervision which they spawn and through their use in the supervision session.
2007 “Discussion of Trauma at the Threshold: The Impact of Boarding School on Attachment in Young Children”. Attachment Vol 1 (3) 313-320
I will reflect on the experience of early boarding from an attachment theory perspective, thinking particularly about how the impact of early separation may depend on a child’s attachment style. My thesis is that where a secure attachment normally provides resilience, in this unusual situation, it may provide little protection.
2003 "Using Attachment Theory to Understand Patients' Responses to a Therapist's Medical Break" in Journal of Attachment and Human Development 5 (1) 79-93
The impact of a therapist's planned medical break is described and discussed, using attachment theory. The break is compared to Ainsworth's strange situation test and the responses of patients with avoidant, ambivalent and disorganised patterns of attachment are explored. The paper examines patients' responses at the point where news of the break is given and on reunion. An overview is given of the understanding of separation and loss in broader analytic theory and the ways in which these complement Bowlby's theory. The clinical cases are reviewed in the light of several authors.
2000 "As Psychotherapists, Do We Need to Deal in the Spiritual?" in The Psychotherapy
Review Vol 2, No 11, December, pp550-554
Part of the richness of human consciousness is in our capacity to reframe experiences and to understand the same thing with a new set of concepts. Psychoanalysis has a major role in enabling that kind of many layered view of life. But when such re-descriptions or interpretations have been made, we need always to ask whether something of the experience may have been missed.
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