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UK Council for Psychotherapy Hosts Fourth Research Conference

September 9, 2015

Based in the UK, Stacey Millichamp possesses a Postgraduate Diploma in counselling and a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy. Stacey Millichamp holds accreditation by the UK Council for Psychotherapy and currently sees clients at her private practice in Muswell Hill.

The UK Council for Psychotherapy consists of 7,800 therapist members and more than 70 training and accrediting organizations. In addition to providing endorsement to professional counselors and psychotherapists, the council offers training and education that advances industry practices.

On July 18, 2015, the council will host its fourth research conference at Regents University. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., attendees will engage in discussions on how to measure psychotherapy success and how to improve the treatment process to better serve patients. Representatives from CORE IMS, the Association of Family and Systemic Psychotherapists, and Buskerud and Vestfold University College will be present to deliver keynote speeches.

Further, selected speakers will host presentations and workshops on specific areas of psychotherapy to increase attendees’ understanding of the subject matter. Tickets are currently available and remain accessible until the day of the event. Visit http://www.ukcp.org.uk for more details.

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A Look at Psychosynthesis, by Stacey Millichamp

August 24, 2015

Psychosynthesis describes the conscious effort of an individual to drive personal growth in order to achieve the fullest realization of him or herself. The concept was first developed in 1910 by psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, a forerunner of the psychoanalytic movement in Italy. He observed that repression could be extremely damaging to the psyche and wanted to develop a method to help his patients integrate the lower unconscious with the superconscious.

Psychosynthesis takes place across two stages, though each individual will experience the stages differently, and the two stages may overlap. The first stage is known as personal psychosynthesis and refers to the effort of integrating the personality around the self while achieving a satisfying and healthy functioning level in relationships, work, and life. The second stage is called transpersonal psychosynthesis. During this stage, the individual learns to maintain alignment with the transpersonal self and to use transpersonal energies, such as cooperation, responsibility, love, and purpose while listening to his or her inner guidance and wisdom.

About the author:
Stacey Millichamp is an accredited psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Millichamp operates as a trainer and group supervisor with the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust and the Re-Vision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis in the UK.

A Brief Introduction to Process Oriented Psychology by Stacey Millichamp

August 11, 2015

Psychological therapist and theorist Arnold Mindell developed Process Oriented Psychology in the late 1970s. This therapy integrates many psychological frameworks, including cognitive, psychoanalytic, behavioral, and transpersonal perspectives. A transdisciplinary approach, Process Oriented Psychology draws on modern physics, indigenous teachings, and Taoism. Psychotherapists in the United States typically refer to this type of counseling as Process Work, while those in the UK, Europe, and Asia refer to it by its longer name, or the acronym “POP.”

Process Oriented Psychology operates on the premise that each person has a unique way of dealing with his or her problems or experiencing the world. Counseling based on this theory focuses on helping patients to discover their personal, unconscious ways of dealing with conflicts through a variety of methods. Although originally developed for individuals, this type of counseling can be applied to groups. Psychotherapists using this method of counseling look for visible and subtle signals from people and groups to illuminate and resolve issues.

Process Oriented Psychology continues to grow and expand as psychotherapists find new uses for this unique approach.

About the Author: Stacey Millichamp is a psychotherapist based in North London, UK. She spent several years training in Process Oriented Psychology, working with families and groups. Ms. Millichamp uses this approach to work through group conflict.

Efficacy Issues Associated With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Stacey Millichamp (2/2)

August 24, 2011

Efficacy Issues Associated With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Stacey Millichamp  (1/2)

One main drawback of the Cognitive Model of Emotional Response, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in general, lies in the presumption that external stimuli exerts little or no control over the way an individual reacts to challenging situations. To this end, a person suffering from low self-esteem, previous trauma, or depression caused by a biochemical imbalance may find it extremely difficult to reverse patterns of all-or-nothing (dichotomous) thinking as they lack the capacity for objective self-examination.

With roots in stoic philosophy, cognitive behavioral therapy emphasizes pragmatic rationalization for the purpose of confronting personal weaknesses and shortcomings. A CBT therapist will strive to bolster a patient’s ability to view mental and emotional problems as surmountable within a defined period of time. For patients who exhibit mild, moderate, or severe anxiety or depression-related symptoms, the struggle to overcome feelings of defeat or hopelessness tied to negative self-image tend to intensify during periods of stress at home or at work, instances that occur on an unpredictable and ongoing basis.

Another excellent example of why cognitive behavioral therapy falls short as a permanent solution for certain patient groups can be found in cases of past physical or sexual abuse. One can hardly argue that experiences such as these do not leave a scar on one’s life to some degree. Presuming that a person can reframe reality via cognitive restructuring fails to address the heart of the problem, as conjuring a new, false remembrance of the past is counter-intuitive in the short term (although often effective), as well as unproductive in long-term therapy.

About the author: overseeing a private practice in London, England, since 1995, Stacey Millichamp holds a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy, a diploma in Couple Therapy and Clinical Supervision, and credentialing in Psychosynthesis Counseling and Therapy, among other distinctions. A fully accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, Stacey Millichamp presently devotes a large portion of time and energy towards her supervisory responsibilities at the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust.