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Revisiting RD Laing: the role of nurture

01 March 2009

Mental Health Practice

Talking therapy

A new optimism is emerging towards psychological approaches to psychosis. Whereas previously the emphasis in services has been almost solely on drug treatments, the...


01 March 2001

Mental Health Practice


Hair is a vital and symbolic aspect of both our conscious and unconscious lives. Beautiful hair denotes vitality, sensuality, health and sexual potency. If we do not...

The concept of space in the context of the therapeutic relationship

10 March 2009

Mental Health Practice


There has been a noticeable shift in the way in which therapeutic space is both conceived of and used in recent years. Where once individual sessions were...

Social psychology in group therapy practice

11 October 1995

Nursing Standard

Clinical mental health

This article describes a social psychology approach to group therapy. Using a short case study, the author suggest the options for treatment which are available to...

Transactional analysis: how to improve communication skills

22 May 1996

Nursing Standard


Effective communication and the management of interpersonal relationships are essential features in the development of skilled and competent practitioners....

The effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy in depression

18 December 2002

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Aim To examine the process and outcome of the use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat depression. Method The study was undertaken at an acute psychiatric...

Post-traumatic stress disorder and psychosis

23 December 2011

Mental Health Practice


The sociopolitical and historical contexts in which trauma takes place can have a major influence on the expression of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with or...

Hope, optimism and expectation

13 September 2008

Mental Health Practice


People experiencing mental ill health have often lost hope of a better future, and exposure to the low expectations of others can compound feelings of failure and...

Psychosexual awareness in everyday nursing

17 June 1998

Nursing Standard

Sexual health

Whatever specialty we work in, and whatever environment, nurses need to be aware of the sexual aspects of people’s lives. These aspects are as important a part of...

The importance of really listening to clients

07 November 2014

Mental Health Practice


The author presents the individual problems of a family of four, three of whom visit their family doctors. First we are told about each family member’s problems that...