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Most clients have abnormal daily routines

We base our assumptions about normality on our own experience and risk mistaking the norms of our immediate social circle (or movies and TV) for demographic reality. I was asked to help stroke ward staff manage a patient who took his bed very early in the evening and...

You can always be misunderstood

There are two aims in any conversation: unambiguous expression of your own position and complete comprehension of the other person’s views. We should always remember that neither of these aims is a realistic goal. A client told me of an ante-natal appointment at which...

Be on time for your clients

Be on time for your appointments & consultations. Punctuality conveys professionalism, respect and allows you to address & manage possible resistance on the part of the client. There’s a Catch–22 type joke (at least, I thought it was a joke) about clients’...

In the Room

A blog focussing upon cognitive behavioural & psychodynamic techniques & issues “in the room” rather than case or theoretical discussions. Chris Allan is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Psychology Clinic at the University of Wollongong in New...

The Golden Rule is universal

Treat others as you’d like to be treated is a universal principle. Therapists who avoid working with other faiths and cultures can be assured that there is common ground to work from. Working with people with different beliefs can be challenging, especially for...