• Post-modern Therapy,  Sexual Health,  What is Therapy

    Entering the lived reality of Sexual Abuse

    When clients first call to make an appointment, it is impossible to summarise an answer to “What therapy do you do?” You can never actually tell what journey lies ahead of them or I. I can, however, remember the first call that Claudia made to enquire about therapy. I can’t recall her exact words but they sounded almost rehearsed, attempting to hide the quiver in her voice. It was only much later that I learned just how giant a leap of blind faith she had taken on that day. Although, in theory, all clients should be treated with the same brush of attention and concern, you are sometimes deeply drawn…

  • What is Therapy

    The Wing Chun of Psychotherapy

    This weekend, sitting at the foot of the Drakensburg, I decided to start re-reading “Maps of Narrative Practice”, by Michael White.  The book was a gift from one of my dearest friends and colleagues when I left Johannesburg.  As i started to read it, this time around I was struck by the correlations one could make between the life long study of Psychotherapy and my more recent commitment to practicing Kung Fu. Because of Michael White’s teachings, I have never had much of an affinity for overly structured therapy.  Michael was adamant that you could never determine your responses to people’s expressions of their troubles ahead of these expressions and…