Personal change articles

Personal change

I have been a student of personal change ever since I was a depressed teenager reading Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (although that book never worked for me, as I never could work out where to start living). Before and after I trained as a psychotherapist I studied the Upanishads, Gurdjieff, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Stoicism, Psychoanalysis, Transactional Analysis, Hypnosis, Ericksonian therapy, Cognitive-Behaviour therapy, NLP, EST, Brief Solution-focused therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment therapy. All of which later on filtered through the lens of working with my clients over the past 32 years.

This series of articles summarises my conclusions of what works best in therapy, as well as what doesn’t. And I aim to share these insights with you over the coming months.

Here is the planned list of articles (the list may change as the series unfolds)

1 Normalising problems

2 Change will happen whether or not you do anything about it

3 Changing consciousness

4 The power of acceptance

5 Beyond mental suffering

6 Downsizing the ego

7 Solution-focused change

8 Neutralising painful memories

9 Setting personal boundaries

10 Assertive communication

Please do let me have your suggestions or requests for further articles in this series. As well as your own stories about personal change.



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