The Fifty Minute Hour

Thoughts on therapy and life

Can you measure what therapists do?

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measure successWell, that’s a tricky question; just asking it can be enough to divide a room of therapists.  Added to which, there are many different types of therapy, psychoanalysis is maybe slightly out of favour, considered old fashioned and self indulgent, whilst Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) leads the developing field of new therapies promising effective short term results.  It appears foolhardy to attempt to classify results from different models using a single measure, yet without such a measure how can you compare modalities? View the pictures →

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Agony Aunts – good or bad?

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agony auntsI was doing some breakfast reading recently when I stumbled upon Mariella Frostrup’s advice column in the Guardian. She was replying to a letter from a woman who was presented as having a problem with chocolate. In fact the desperate cravings, secret eating and division of days into “good or bad” (depending on what she had eaten) shouted disordered eating. I read through the response waiting for the bit where Mariella addressed this and gave out details of where the writer might get help – but no, nothing of the sort. View the pictures →

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Rugby, motherhood and therapy.

rugbySo, picture the scene, a bunch of pre-teen girls are playing their first national final in a Rugby tournament. It’s 130 miles away from home and only a handful of parents have made the journey to watch. They win one, lose one, and have to win the third to progress out of the group stages. They are out classed and out sized in this final match, but sheer determination and a refusal to give up see them edge into the lead, and their star player is making a run for the try line that will make victory unassailable when she is tackled and falls awkwardly with her opponent on top. Continue reading


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It may, or may not, be Body Dysmorpha Awareness Day……

ImageI have in my diary that May 17th is  Body Dysmorphia Awareness day, and I occasionally catch sight of a tweet to that effect, but my Google searches have not come up with anything that allows me to corroborate this for definite. So, whilst I don’t want to allude to anything that might not actually be happening, I thought it might still be worthwhile exploring Body Dysmophic Disorder (BDD), as it is often misunderstood.

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Love Affair: Leslie Kenton

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Love Affair by Leslie Kenton

Love Affair by Leslie Kenton

Leslie Kenton describes herself as a writer, nutritionist, broadcaster, lecturer, shamanic teacher and social activist. You might know her from any of her books, TV appearances or through her work on the Origins skin care range. However she is also the daughter of Stan Kenton, the talented yet troubled (aren’t they all?) post war American Jazz musician.

Love Affair is the story of her life, her relationship with her adored father, and how at the age of 10, he raped her and began their sexual relationship which was to last for several years. View the pictures →

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