Becoming a Therapist in the Age of the Internet – With Dr. Sheri Jacobson

Harley Therapy was already a leading London therapy practice. Why branch out and start an online booking platform? And what do advances in technology mean for trainees becoming a therapist? Our founder, Dr. Sheri Jacobson, was recently interviewed on just such subjects for the ‘Masters in Counseling’ podcast you can listen to here. Let’s look … [Read Entire Story]

Personality Disorder vs Personality Trait – The Difference You Need to Know

The internet has helped us all become more savvy about mental health. But sadly, it has also led to mental health diagnoses being thrown around like casual weapons. Boss doesn’t like you? Narcissist. Girlfriend angry you broke up with her? Borderline. In reality, only a small percentage of the population have personality disorders. We all, … [Read Entire Story]

What is Emotional Dsyregulation?

Confused by a diagnosis of emotional dsyregulation? It’s a complicated term for a personality trait that means you are more emotional than most. What is emotional dysregulation? Think of a singer who can sing many more octaves than the people around her. She can’t stop herself from breaking into song spontaneously when the ‘muse’ hits, … [Read Entire Story]

What is the “Unconscious” Mind?

When we are ‘conscious’ of something, we are aware of it. So the conscious mind, in psychology, refers to all of the thoughts and memories we have that we know we are having. The unconscious mind is a psychological concept that addresses the opposite. It refers to the part of our mind that we can’t … [Read Entire Story]

What is Free Association and How Can it Help You?

Free association is a tool used by some psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapists. The purpose of free association is to help you understand what you really think and feel about yourself, others, and the situations you are experiencing, versus what you tell yourself you think and feel.  Note that free association is not used to discover ‘hidden memories”. … [Read Entire Story]

Is Psychodynamic Therapy Right For You?

With so many types of therapy to choose from nowadays, how can  you know which one is right for you? Questions to ask to determine if psychodynamic therapy is for you Are you curious about how your past affects your present? Like other forms of modern counselling, psychodynamic therapy is concerned with your current struggles and situation. … [Read Entire Story]

Countertransference – When Your Therapist Loses Objectivity

At heart, therapy is a relationship between a client and a therapist. And, like any relationship, sometimes the boundaries can get tricky. There are two words related to this in therapy – transference and countertransference. Transference is when you unwittingly put feelings for someone from your past onto your therapist. For example, you might find yourself … [Read Entire Story]

What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is one of the most popular forms of talk therapy in the UK. Used for individual therapy as well as couples therapy and family therapy, it is traditionally a more long-term form of psychotherapy.  Psychodynamic therapy is also a popular school of psychotherapeutic thought drawn from by integrative therapists. What is psychodynamic psychotherapy? The main … [Read Entire Story]

Psychotherapeutic Approaches – What are the Main Schools of Thought?

Since the end of the 19th Century, when Freud developed his ‘talking’ cure, psychotherapy has become a burgeoning field in the Western world. In fact Wikipedia now lists over fifty kinds of psychotherapy. But behind this overwhelming array are really only a handful of schools of thought, or psychotherapeutic approaches, from which they derive. The below … [Read Entire Story]

Is Existential Therapy the Right Fit For You?

“Who are you? Should you be doing more with your life, feeling more? Why do other people seem to have more fun than you? What is it that has you feeling so lonely and like you just don’t belong?  And what is the real point of this thing called life, anyway?” Given the vast array … [Read Entire Story]

What is Existential Psychotherapy?

When existential therapy came into being it was rather revolutionary, in that it believes in finding ways to improve wellbeing not by looking to psychology or to medicine, but to philosophy. What is existential psychotherapy? It is a talk therapy that recognises that the meaning and purpose we feel in life is hugely important to … [Read Entire Story]

What is the Therapeutic Alliance and Why is it Important?

The ‘therapeutic alliance’, also called the ‘therapeutic relationship’, is how you and a therapist connect, behave, and engage with each other.  Some sum this up by saying the therapeutic alliance is the ‘bond’ that develops in the therapy room. Nowadays, the therapeutic alliance is seen by most forms of counselling and psychotherapy as one of … [Read Entire Story]

What is Integrative Therapy?

What is integrative therapy? Just what it sounds like – a form of therapy that integrates different things. In this case what is being combined are different forms of psychotherapy, and the various tools that each one can offer to you as the client. The main idea behind integrative therapy is that you are unique, … [Read Entire Story]

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of talk psychotherapy which uses mindfulness as one of its main tools. At the heart of ACT is the goal of helping you live a more meaningful and productive life by developing what it refers to as “psychological flexibility”. This is essentially about learning to accept what you … [Read Entire Story]

Unconditional Positive Regard -What It Is and Why You Need It

What is Unconditional Positive Regard? Unconditional positive regard, sometimes referred to as “UPR”, is a term attributed to Carl Rogers, the creator of person-centred counselling and one of the founders of humanistic therapy. Unconditional positive regard refers to accepting and supporting another exactly as they are, without evaluating or judging them. At the heart of the concept [… [Read Entire Story]

Psychological Projection – Are You Making Everyone Else Responsible?

What is psychological projection? Psychological projection involves attributing the feelings and thoughts we don’t like in ourselves to those around us instead, without even realising we are doing so. And it’s a common habit we all tend to indulge in. But psychological projection is also something that we can learn to stop doing, and by so … [Read Entire Story]

What is Logotherapy?

“Don’t worry, be happy!” chants the well-known pop song. But faced with a world where unemployment, bereavement and ill health can hit anyone at any time, and the media presents us with one global tragedy after another, this can seem nigh on impossible. Should we try harder to have a positive mindset? Be more relentless in … [Read Entire Story]

What is Dissociative Disorder?

Dissociative disorders are a collection of mental health issues which involve an altered sense of reality where you feel disconnected from yourself and the world in general.  It’s thought that this tendency to disassociate starts as a defence mechanism when there is a need to cope with an overwhelming event, such as [Read Entire Story]

The Use of Symbols in Psychology

From cave paintings to modern day ’emoticons’, symbols have existed for thousands of years, and are a central part of our daily lives. We often use them in speech to create understanding with people who share our culture or experience. “My heart was like lead” gives a clear indication of sadness and regret. Other symbols … [Read Entire Story]

Sympathy and Empathy – Do You Really Know the Difference?

Both empathy and sympathy are forms of having concern for another person. There seem to be varying definitions of what exactly the differences are. Dictionaries say one thing, but modern usage encompasses other angles. In psychology, empathy is focussed on as more useful than sympathy. The term empathy was in fact created by pioneers of scientific psychology in the … [Read Entire Story]

What is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?

As its name implies, Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) brings together theories and practises from both cognitive therapies and psychoanalytic approaches. A time-limited therapy, it is usually offered in courses of between 16 and 24 weekly sessions. The aim of Cognitive analytic therapy is to be an integration of useful, focused techniques that are quickly effective yet … [Read Entire Story]

What is Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy?

Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) is a short-term, highly structured form of psychotherapy that is used to treat depression and anxiety. A usual course of DIT consists of sixteen weekly sessions. DIT’s focus is on relationships, and helping clients understand the link between their low moods and the ways they are interacting with [Read Entire Story]

What is Compassion-Focused Therapy?

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is a kind of psychotherapy designed to help those who suffer from high levels of self-criticism and shame. It helps you to learn how to feel kinder towards yourself and others, and to feel safe and capable in a world that can seem overwhelming. Founded by British clinical psychologist Paul Raymond Gilbert, CFT is an … [Read Entire Story]

Can Animals Improve Our Moods?

Whether you grew up with an animal pal, are an avid pet owner, or just enjoy playing with your friend’s dog or cat, for many of us there is a distinct and pure happiness associated with interacting with animals.  But are animals just a happy furry distraction, or do they really have the power to substantially … [Read Entire Story]