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UKCP Therapists' Channel

Psychologies magazine and LifeLabs are now in partnership with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), giving you an easier way to find the help and guidance you need in your life. Here, you will find content created by UKCP therapists, supporting you on a range of issues and enabling you to identify a therapist that meets your needs.

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What's wrong with CBT?

I am sometimes approached by people who want quick fixes. This is totally understandable. Unbearable suffering needs an urgent response. But many modern therapy approaches simply shuffle the decks, without going deeper. So the suffering reappears in a new guise. If you go to your GP, you're likely to be referred to a CBT therapist who will see you for upto six sessions. This may offer some relief, but it's such a short time! The first few sessions are often just about getting familiar with the setting and the the therapist and other niceties. As soon as you get talking, it's time to hold back, because you know the last session is approaching and forms will need to be filled out. It's a difficult position for both therapist and patient. Just as things are starting, you have to stop. Over summer, I often re-read articles that have struck me as thought-provoking. The psychoanalyst Darian Leader's reservations about CBT and market-led approaches is worth reading...(Guardian, 2008)

Psychologies Ambassadors

We put out the call for readers who had transformed their lives with the help of Psychologies magazine. We were stunned by the response and have invited 46 become Psychologies Ambassadors. This year our ambassadors are blogging about their journeys to grow and thrive, not just survive in life. We believe that with a little assistance, backing and inspiration from like-minded people, we can start to take the baby steps needed to construct a life we love. When times are tough, it's helpful to know that you can make it through the challenges to the other side. We are proud to be associated with our Psychologies ambassadors who are creating a life they love, who have overcome hurdles and have made it through to happier times. After reviewing all the applications, we invited our ambassadors to lead our new Life Leap Club community (available for free to all our subscribers) and asked them to blog here about their journeys. Prepare to be inspired! 

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