Saturday, December 05, 2009

Psychotherapy, Life Coaching and Counselling in London

Psychotherapy, Life Coaching and  Counselling in London
Author of Wise Therapy (Sage, 2001), first-class degree from Trinity College, Oxford
My work incorporates methods from CBT, philosophy and existential psychotherapy & has been featured in the national press.
Specialist areas include decision-making, low self-esteem, dealing with stress and working with values.

Lou Marinoff comes to London - SPP AGM Sunday December 13th

Bertrand Russell Room
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
13th December 2009
Spaces are limited so please reserve your place in advance with the
administrator: - priority will be
given to SPP members. Non-members will be invited to join the SPP before the
Symposium & AGM 2009
Peter Harteloh,
Secretary of the Dutch Association for Philosophy in the Netherlands (VfP).
Lou Marinoff,
President of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA)
& Author of Plato, Not Prozac & Therapy for the Sane
• 2pm – Introduction from the Chair
• 2:15pm – Talk by Peter Harteloh, Followed by general discussion
• 3:35pm – break ---
• 4pm – Lou Marinoff – “Synchronicities, Serpents and Something-Elseness”
• 5:45pm – break ---
• 6pm – Discussion about Health Professions Council regulation
• 6:30pm – AGM
• 8pm – meeting ends
See for SPP details

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CBT/Philosophical Counselling workshop comes to Shrewsbury (tutor: Julie Johns)

Just heard about  this workshop, sounds interesting

Touching the Problems of Life



10am – 3.00pm

Business Centre, The Priory School, Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9EE


‘We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered,

the problems of life remain untouched’ (Wittgenstein).

A workshop to discover how aspects of CBT and Philosophical Counselling may help you to deal with the problems of life such as anxiety, panic, self -esteem, confidence, depression, moral dilemmas or difficult decisions.  A maximum of 20 of people will have an opportunity to look at descriptions of what it is to ‘be’ human - in particular your life, your loves, your difficulties, your treasures, and the passion of the vision that you have of who you are and how you want to be.  We will talk, we will think and then we can take what we have clarified or discovered to help us in our own process of living. To book a place for £35 contact me:


07540 399586

or email me:

See   for more details

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Positive Psychology course - starting at City Uni on Thursday evening, October 8th

Sign up now to find out all about the exciting new subject of Positive Psychology, starting this Thursday evening  at City Uni.
Actually it's more than a survey, it's an interactive experience of positive psychology, that last year led to a significant
increase in the happiness of most participants. How do I know that? Because students did questionairres at the beginning and end of the course.
Moreover, this wasn't happiness by osmosis - as part of the course students carry out many of the most effective interventions that have
been found to boost happiness. We'll also have lively discussions, videos and student presentations. No previous experience of
psychology required.

To sign up, visit

or call 020 7040 8865 between 9.30am and 5.00pm quoting course ref  CE1941

Course Code: CE1941
Start date(s): Thursday 8 October 2009
Class Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Number of Classes: 10 weekly classes
Course Fee: £300.00

Understanding psychology can improve your well-being and success, both at work and in your personal life. Positive psychology is the growing branch of psychology that focuses on the positive, including strengths, positive states and happiness. This course will have a particular emphasis on applying positive psychology in your personal and working life.

Topics studied will include:

  • Happiness
  • Goals and meaning
  • Strengths
  • Flow
  • Hope, luck and optimism
  • Emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Positive relationships and empathy
  • Wisdom and decision-making

Who is your ancient guru?

The prolific writer Mark Vernon has produced a short on-line quiz to help you discover your ancient philosophy guru.

You will be asked questions like
Do you think it's more useful to think about how to be happy or how to cope with suffering?
Do you prefer pondering big issues or practical matters?
I wasn't sure  how to answer the question about the relative importance happiness or suffering, but when I plumped for happiness my ancient guru turned out to be Epicurus, which was uncannily accurate. I do have a lot of sympathy for Epicurus's values of friendship, philosophising, reason and happiness.

When I took the test again and answered "suffering" to the first question my guru turned out to be the Stoic Zeno, which again was pretty much on the money.

Just for fun, I also tried answering  the exact opposite of my real views, and my anti-guru turned out to be the sceptic Pyrrho. So I know not to read more about him ....

Vernon's quiz isn't meant to be taken too seriously.  I'd  be uncomfortable thinking of Epicurus or Zeno as my guru, and would  turn just as happily to  Aristotle, Plato or Socrates if looking for  wisdom. But the quiz is good fun and could well generate ideas about new philosophers to look at.

To read about a variety of ancient gurus, you can also buy  Vernon's new book, Plato's Podcasts.

To take the quiz, go to


Sunday, September 27, 2009

New CBT For Therapists blog

I've just created a new blog called CBT for Therapists
If you are interested in CBT, either as a therapist or trainee, it might
be worth following it.
The first post is all about how to provide a rationale for CBT in the
first session with a new client and begins ...

Some clients (or patients) may come to CBT (cognitive behavioural
therapy) knowing exactly what CBT is and how it will benefit them.
However the majority probably won't - they may be ambivalent about the
therapy have a number of misconceptions about CBT.

If they understand the potential of CBT for them it will not only
increase their motivation but also give them a better opportunity to
engage fully in the collaborative CBT process. So it's a good idea to
provide a rationale for CBT, and explain how it works, early on in the
first session.

So how best to do this?

Here are some alternative ways to present CBT to the client in the first
1) Give a handout on CBT for the client to read after the session
2) Explain the CBT rationale in session using short case vignettes and a
3) Use similes and metaphors to tell the client what CBT is like.
4) Use a "naturally occuring moment" to link the client's own situation
to how CBT can help them.

Read more ...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

New Book by David Burns on CBT For Relationships

Feeling Good Together: The Secret to Making Troubled Relationships Work' by Dr David Burns


"Blame is the atom bomb of intimacy, destroying everything that gets in its way.
 But it's far more productive to evaluate the reasons behind the problems instead."
Read more ...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Low cost therapy opportunity in Central London

I am now starting a low-cost therapy scheme for clients with anxiety
or depression-related problems.
The therapy will normally be for 12 individual weekly sessions. The fee
will be £30 per 50 minute session - my normal rate is £60-£80.
Acceptance to the scheme is subject to suitability and places are
strictly limited. Sessions are held in Fleet St, London.
If you are interested in more details then please contact me asap on

Saturday, August 15, 2009

City Lit Personal Development, Counselling and Philosophy courses

Fancy spending a day learning next year?
Have a look at this list of courses I am teacching
at City Lit this year and next

or phone 020 7831 7831

Habits of highly effective living
PG 614
Monday 7th Sept 2009
10.30 – 5.30

Intro to CBT (Cognitive Therapy)
PC 408
Mon Sept 14th 2009
10.30 – 5.30

Intro to CBT (Cognitive Therapy)
PC 401 Intro to CBT
Sat. 12 Dec 2009
10.30 – 5.30

Positive psychology and happiness
PG 658
Mon 14 Dec 2009
10.30 -5.30

Philosophical Life Coaching
Saturday 23rd January 2010

Intro to existential counselling
PC 404
Sat 5 June 2010

Frankl and the search for meaning
PG 636
Tuesday 22,29 June 2010
6 to 9pm

See to enrol or phone 020 7831 7831:

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