Café Psych: Death – what does it mean to you?

The meaning of life has been debated throughout history from different philosophical and religious perspectives but what about the meaning of death? The topic is somewhat taboo in modern western societies and talking about death can be met with resistance and fear. However, we fundamentally cannot separate life from death as they (along with taxes) … Continue reading Café Psych: Death – what does it mean to you?

Systemic Practice in Inpatient Psychiatry

Working with ideas from systemic psychotherapy can be challenging in medicalised contexts where the emphasis is on 'illnesses' which are said to exist within an individual. Such systems can often obscure the power dynamics which impact on an individuals experience of distress. During my work in an inpatient psychiatry service I was able to consider … Continue reading Systemic Practice in Inpatient Psychiatry

Café Psych: Monogamy – essential or outdated?

Last night the first Café Psychologique Sydney of 2019 saw the largest turn-out yet with a number first-timers. As always, it was incredible to hear people's perspective and experiences on Monogamy and the associated topics. I'm looking forward to the next two café's which will focus on appearance, in February, and Toxic Femininity, in March. … Continue reading Café Psych: Monogamy – essential or outdated?

Café Psych: Free speech – who has the right?

On Wednesday 28th November the final Café Psychologique of 2018 focused on free speech. It was a valuable discussion with a number of thought-provoking ideas and exchanges. This was our thirteenth café and we have some exciting topics planed for 2019, beginning with Monogamy on Wednesday 30th January. Please keep updated with these events through … Continue reading Café Psych: Free speech – who has the right?

Cut the crap: working towards authenticity in mental health services

Yesterday I was due to present at The Alfred in Melbourne about how we can work authentically in mental health services. Storms and strong winds meant that my flight was cancelled so the talk is postponed until 2019. Preparing for this talk I considerd the work of Charles Guignon whose thesis is that we can … Continue reading Cut the crap: working towards authenticity in mental health services