An argument for accrediting psychotherapists on the basis of their training and abilities, not their loyalty to one particular therapeutic model…

While watching a powerpoint presentation on a study day at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre some years ago, I took exception to a cartoon which appeared on a particular slide showing a grey haired old man sitting beside a woman who was prostrate on a couch. Quite predictably, the caption read something like ‘So, Mrs Jones, …

Andrew Graham-Dixon

I have just learned that AG-D has been ‘cancelled’ by Cambridge University Students Union. I cannot think of a greater demonstration of the fact that there is much heat and little light in our intellectual life at the moment. There has to be some way of engaging in a debate without silencing those from whom …

Socratic Method

As legacies go, Socrates has left us a very big one. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in clinical psychology. Socratic reasoning goes to the heart of cognitive-behavioural therapy as even the greenest therapist knows. What is striking by its absence, however, is an appreciation amongst many therapists of the fact that Socrates was not …