A psychotherapist I was supervising had a dream, in which I had written two books - Pilgrims and The Story of My Life. I took this dream as a requirement that I should write these books, and the first, Pilgrims, was published by Random House in 2005 - you can click on the link above to find out a little more about it, and I have included a couple of the early chapters.
My second book is currently a manuscript ...
I wrote this article for the magazine The Psychotherapist in 2008. It seems to me it has stood up well over time. I wrote it after fifteen years of training people to become psychotherapists in London. They were either undertaking diplomas or M.A.s in psychotherapy and counselling.
I came to the conclusion, pretty early on in this work, that you can't train a person into being a psychotherapist. Rather, a person needs to undertake an apprenticeship over a period of something between ten and twenty years - more like twenty - in which they are working as a psychotherapist, learning from their patients, from undergoing their own therapy, and from the kind and honest guidance of a master of the craft. This is because psychotherapy is a craft, not a science and not an art - although it requires both. Click on the link above.
Conversations with No Subject
Thoughts on the therapeutic dance.
I wrote this article for The Psychotherapist in 2009. It seems to me psychotherapists are trained to intervene, when 99% of the time it would be better for them to accompany. I try to make that point in this article.
I was interviewed by Ed Marriott ofThe Observer newspaper, and the article was published in the newspaper's Society suppliment on Sunday May 1st 2005. The topic of the interview was my book Pilgrims. Click on the link above.