Feeling History: How to Integrate Emotion into Understanding Our Past
Back in 2019 when Stillpoint committed to addressing race and racism in contemporary Britain across the year, we weren’t quite sure how to go about it by ourselves. By Aaron Balick So we put out a public invitation to ask for help from our community... This was in the
Psychology Students Out in the World: What Are Interns Thinking?
Stillpoint Spaces Berlin sadly closed its doors this month after several years of activities and events exploring our world through psychoanalysis and related disciplines. We were delighted to have Mia Ihaksi as our intern during the summer, and as it turns out, our last intern to work with us in
Commentary on the event dedicated to the film Afterward, organised by Stillpoint. Affected by the current political situation in Ukraine and the panel discussion that followed the screening of the film [https://community.stillpoint.org/c/general/afterward-panel-discussion]Afterward [https://community.stillpoint.org/c/general/afterward-panel-discussion], Adam Goren, Child and
4 Must-Read Books On Social Anxiety
Social anxiety is a widespread and debilitating psychological condition that can turn common, everyday circumstances into challenging situations. It can manifest in fear of using the wrong name to address someone; concern over being judged; and, among other things, a tendency to replay conversations and worry over what was said.
Why Psychology is Best Explored in a Community, Not a Classroom… and How it Can Change the World.
Psychology is a broad field, covering everything from neuro-anatomy and mental health to human development and behaviour theories. Most people are interested in psychology - it's the one subject that gives us insight into why we are the way we are - yet the field of professional psychology can seem
Let's Talk Clinical Wills: Why You Need One as a Practitioner and How to Easily Create it
Most therapists, like their clients, hope that they will be there forever to support their clients - but should the worst come to pass, have you made sure that processes are in place to care for your clients when you are unable to? Imagine this from the client's perspective . . . you’
Counsellor, Therapist, Psychotherapist, Psychologist or Psychiatrist? How do I find the right mental health support, and what’s the difference between these professions?*
More of us than ever are seeking mental health support nowadays, and not a moment too soon given that one out of three of British adults say their mental health has deteriorated [https://www.mind.org.uk/coronavirus-we-are-here-for-you/coronavirus-research/] since the start of the pandemic (rising to nine out of
Workplaces as Sources of Wellbeing - and 5 Essential Ideas to Help Your Employees Thrive.
We spend an average of 8 hours a day at work. That’s one-third of our whole lives. No matter how you spin it, our work is almost literally our second home. For this reason, we need to create workplaces that are not just neutral terrains, but sources of wellbeing.
Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail. Here’s Why You Should Give it Up Now, and What to Do Instead.
The New Year has arrived and the festive season is already feeling like a distant memory, of which the only reminders are the stray fairy lights you forgot to take down, a pile of presents that don’t yet have a home and the extra pound or two of mince
What to Do When Your Therapist is Away
Like anyone else, therapists, counsellors and psychologists need regular breaks, in order to be happy and healthy, as well as to work to their optimum. This said, as soon as they begin working with a client they are obligated to look out for the client’s safety and wellbeing until
The Problem of Victimhood: Victim-Blaming is Clearly Wrong, but is there Something Equally Problematic with Victim Valorisation?
It seems that the tide is finally turning on “victim blaming”. In recent years we've thankfully seen a strong and public pushing back on the idea that victims of assault, rape, hate crimes and more are somehow at fault for the terrible things that have happened to them. We are
The Myth of the Therapist as a Blank Screen: Normativity Masquerading as Neutrality
Let’s put it succinctly: when the idea of therapist as a “blank screen” was invented, therapy was being practised for the most part by urban white bourgeoise psychoanalysts treating urban white bourgeoise patients. Within such a homogenous culture, one can imagine how the idea of the therapist being a
Being “Neither from Here, Nor from There” and Other Dialectical Tensions in the Immigrant's Mind
By María Verónica Laguna, LCSW -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It’s been almost a decade since I landed at the JKF Airport in New York for the first time. It was a twelve hour flight that would take me from my small hometown in Uruguay, to what would then become my new home:
Open Relationships: the Way Forward?
In recent years, conversations about open relationships have become more commonplace. More than a quarter of adults in the US report that they are interested in having or already enjoy them, and this figure increases with younger generations. Some put this down to the gradual liberalisation of many societies, due
Re-finding My Focus... How to Concentrate in a Distracted World
As a school kid in the early noughties, I was bright and focussed. I worked hard and did well, usually finishing top of my class or thereabouts. This continued through sixth form and even university. But something has changed in the three years since I graduated and entered the workforce:
Feeling Nostalgic? Here's Why Covid Had Us All Longing for Better Days... and Why Some of Us Still Can't Shake the Feeling
This past year, I’ve found myself indulging in nostalgia, something I’ve never really done before. Throughout the lockdowns, I watched Gogglebox religiously each week – a show that reminds me of returning home for the weekend during my university days, when I’d arrive just in time to catch
Busyness is Back: Did We Learn Nothing from Lockdown?
The return to “normal” life in the UK following seemingly endless months of lockdown is welcome, to say the least. Being able to see friends and family, to visit bars and restaurants and even returning to the office now and again, after months of diminishing concentration levels at home… it’
The Changing Face of Community After More Than a Year of Confinement
Even as covid restrictions have eased in much of the Western world, many of us are finding it more and more difficult to see those who once would have been a part of our daily lives. Workplaces and places of education are becoming more set up for remote work and