Counselling can involve talking about painful feelings and difficult situations which may make people feel worse in the short term.  However, for those who attend regularly, listen and try hard the benefits can be immense.  

In this blog I intend to record things that might be of interest to clients and potential clients. The reflections are intended to provoke thought.  I hope you enjoy my entries.  


Attempts to create methods for assessing and treating mental distress existed long before the nineteenth century.  The earliest recorded approaches were a combination of religious, magical and/or medical perspectives.  In an informal sense psychotherapy has been practiced throughout the ages, as people received psychological counsel and reassurance from others.  In the West, serious mental disorders were generally treated as demonic or medical conditions that required punishment and confinement until the eighteenth century.

Amanda Jarman July 2018 

The Talking Cure was a term a patient called Bertha Pappenheim used to describe her verbal therapy with the physician Josef Breuer.  He found that her symptoms improved once she expressed her repressed trauma and related emotions.  The term talking cure was later adopted by Sigmund Freud to refer to the fundamental work of psychoanalysis.  This therapy involves exploring with the client anxieties which they find are impeding their ability to lead their lives to the full.  The words talking cure are now used by mental health professionals to mean any of a variety of talking therapies.

Amanda Jarman  August 2018  

Research suggests that the therapeutic relationship itself is more important for a good outcome than the approaches therapists may have been trained in and will use.

Amanda Jarman September 2018

Sigmund Freud felt that repressed sexuality was the most significant motivating force behind a client's neurosis but Carl G. Jung felt that Sigmund Freud overemphasized the role of sexual repression in the formation of neurosis.

Amanda Jarman October 2018

Clients often experience loss in the process of constructive change.  For example, a client who has made good progress can feel they have lost a safe place.

Amanda Jarman November 2018

Research has shown that unemployment negatively affects mental health.

Amanda Jarman December 2018

Therapists should be informed about how to respond to clients who report anomalous experiences which may include poltergeist activity, unusual healing, apparitions, spirit possession and sense of presence.  Clients may be keen to make sense of their experience and they must feel accepted, understood and listened to.

Amanda Jarman January 2019

Up to the present time there has been no consistent biological evidence from any scientific test undertaken that mental disorders have physical causes.

Amanda Jarman February 2019

Rogers outlined six conditions that he considered were sufficient and necessary to initiate 'constructive personality change' in a paper entitled 'The Necessary and Sufficient Conditions of Therapeutic Personality Change.'  One of these conditions is that two persons are in psychological contact.

Amanda Jarman March 2019