Selected publications

The Psyche in the Modern World
Contemporary Body Psychotherapy - The Chiron Approach

A comparative analysis of body psychotherapy and dance movement psychotherapy from a European perspective
With Helen Payne, Vicky Karkou and Gill Westland
Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy 2016 Vol 11: 2/3 pp. 144-166
The Psyche in the Modern World - Psychotherapy and Society - Warnecke T. (Ed.)
UKCP Book Series Karnac 2015
This book aims to transport psychotherapy from the consulting rooms into the realms of public discussion and interdisciplinary discourse. A psychotherapeutic culture of carefully guarded clinical confidentialities has inadvertently build its own proverbial ivory tower which contributes to the widespread myths that surround and veil psychotherapy in the public space. In this book, current discussion on a broad range of relevant subjects, encompassing socio-political as well as philosophical, theoretical and clinical dimensions, is presented without avoiding uncomfortable questions and in an accessible manner.

Interview by Tracy Jarvis at Psychotherapy Excellence (opens in new window)
Psyche and Agora: the Psyche at the crossroads of personal and societal contexts
In: The Psyche in the Modern World. T. Warnecke (Ed.).  UKCP Book Series Karnac 2015
What can psychotherapy do? Psychotherapy paradigms and sexual orientation
In: International Journal of Psychotherapy, 2013, Vol. 17 (2): 74-85  (Download as PDF Document)
Abstract: Homosexuality and same-sex attraction have vexed the psychotherapy field throughout its history and continue to draw controversy in the 21st century. Debates and arguments about the mental health of gay, lesbian and bisexual people mirrored and dwelled within the tremendous tensions that exist in society around this subject. The author examines the troubled relationship of psychotherapy theory and practice with gender and sexual orientation. Psychotherapy ideas, while revolutionizing the understanding of human functioning in the 20th century, blindly incorporated many common western cultural values but also a Christian-Judaic premise that procreative sex was normative. The ensuing conjecture of hetero-normativity created a conceptual bias about homosexuality's supposed pathological nature and left psychotherapy with a toxic legacy.
Stirring the depths - Transference, countertransference and touch
In: Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2011
Abstract: Touching is not just a skin to skin meeting but involves and affects psyche and soma far below the surface. Tactile contact and touch embody essential aspects of human existence and development. Touch directs our attention both outwards and inwards. Perceptions and sensations of the external, the 'not I', mingle with sensations of the living body and awaken the body-mind to itself. Developing our awareness and sensitivity for intersubjective engagement with touch and associated transference phenomena allows their meaning and creativity to come alive in the therapeutic relationship.
Developing through Embodiment and Movement
In: Self Awareness and Personal Development - Resources for Psychotherapists and Counsellors, Rose C. (ed.) Macmillan, 2011 (Flyer in Acrobat PDF format)
Abstract: Self awareness and learning through others involves examining our ways of being in the world, within ourselves and with others, the impact of personal and cultural experiences, our values and beliefs and our patterns of communication. All these dimensions of being invariably include bodily aspects - our self placement in the world is necessarily and irreducibly embodied. Paraphrasing Simone de Beauvoir (1989), our body is the primary instrument of our grasp upon the world. In this chapter, I will explore the body as an agency for self-discovery and learning and introduce some physiological aspects of mind-body relations to de- mystify and make psyche-soma dynamics accessible.
Paper - Scissors - Stone
Pluralism, psychotherapy values and public benefit

In: The Psychotherapist, Issue 49, 2011
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Working as a psychotherapist in Europe
In: The Psychotherapist, Issue 47, 2010
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The therapeutic modality of touch and statutory regulation

In: Self & Society, Vol 37-2, 2009
Abstract: Perceptions of touch and tactile contact are permeated by associations with nurture, care and healing on the one hand, and with erotic pleasures, sexual taboos and abuse on the other. With the prospect of statutory regulation looming, do we need to review touch as a therapeutic intervention?
The well tempered therapist - Psychotherapy integration and the personality of the therapist
In: British Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Vol 5-2, 2008. (Download as an Acrobat PDF document)
Abstract: Integration is inherent to the art and science of psychotherapy and constitutes a core function of the psychotherapeutic process. But integrative processes not only facilitate our clients' process of change but also crucially contribute to the development of psychotherapists. This paper is about the integration of the therapists personality with his or her clinical approach as a necessary aspect of professional individuation and maturation. 
The Borderline relationship
In: Contemporary Body Psychotherapy: The Chiron Approach; Ed. Hartley, Routledge 2008. (Flyer in Acrobat PDF format)
Abstract: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) has always been considered an elusive and puzzling phenomenon. Concept and theory are indeed anything but straightforward. The ‘personality disorder’ construct appears to suggest a pathological condition located solely in the client. At the same time, the borderline dynamic is most famously associated with difficult or unstable relationships and evokes images of harassed and tormented therapists. But borderline relationships are challenging for clients and therapists alike. Both may feel attacked, invaded, helpless, misunderstood or unappreciated by the other. Borderline patterns of organisation are evidently active across the continuum of intrapsychic and interpersonal fields. The word borderline - ‘a line that indicates a boundary’ - incidentally names what is most lacking in the borderline dynamic. But the borderline dynamic is also particularly apparent as a bodily experience for both client and therapist. Hyperarousal and catastrophic anxieties, both cardinal features of BPD, suggest disturbances of very basic functions and indicate that the organism is in a state of somatic disorganisation. Body and psyche of the therapist are impacted by and respond to disorganized or dissociated psyche and body states of borderline individuals. In this chapter, I propose clinical perspectives to psychological and somatic phenomena and disturbances commonly experienced by borderline individuals and their therapists.
The Borderline experience - A somatic perspective
A presentation given at the AChP AGM in 2004. Published in: British Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Vol 4-1, 2007
Abstract: This paper explores a therapeutic approach to BPD that integrates somatic and relational aspects. From a somatic perspective, the Borderline dynamic is characterised by chronic dis-regulation of the autonomic nervous system, inadequate muscular structuring and a lack of surface boundaries. In the therapeutic relationship with BPD clients we are confronted with episodes of catastrophic anxiety which the borderline body-ego is unable to contain or defend against. Such catastrophic anxieties constitute states of unintegration which manifest at times as despair, rage, clinging or self-destructive pathologies. The therapist is frequently experienced as either ‘too close’ or ‘too far away’. Somatic dimensions of BPD are equally evident in the transference relationship. The ruptures and dissonance typically associated with Borderline relationships reflect the extend of somatic dissonance, arousal and affect dis-regulation of the fragile Borderline structure. Our bodies constitute our primary means of dialogical engagement with the world and the complexities of BPD are best met by engaging with both dimensions. (Download as an Acrobat PDF document)

Some thoughts on involuntary muscle
Published in: AChP Newsletter, No 25, 2003 (Download as an Acrobat PDF file)

Biosynthesis - a body centred psychotherapy
Published in: London & South East Connection, No 23, 1999  (Download as an Acrobat PDF file)

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