This week we tried something a little different and invited our listeners to ‘ask us anything’. Absolutely anything at all. The topics ranged from our usual territory of mental health and the NHS through to the psychological impact of Santa and the, slightly sinister sounding, ‘Elf on the Shelf’.
Anna Oldershaw interviews Les Greenberg the founder of Emotion-Focused Therapy
What is the role of emotion in distress? Les Greenberg, the founder of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) has spent 30 years developing a therapeutic approach which aims to help people become aware of, regulate, accept, express, and transform emotional experience. Who better then to talk to about the place of emotion in psychotherapy and in life? During a visit to us last summer Les talked to our colleague Anna Oldershaw about some of these things. The interview (which you can hear below) touches on the genesis of EFT, how elements of Les’ own life have influenced it and its roots in Humanistic and Gestalt ideas. Les talks extensively about how we understand emotions and how approaches to change (such as Cognitive Behavioural and Mindfulness) do and don’t address them directly. He even has a few things to say about the emotionally repressed Brits.
In this show we look at how professionals working in mental health relate to their own experiences of distress. Can a worker’s own history of difficulties enrich their practice? Or are other factors more important? Should a worker’s own experiences be taboo when talking to service users, or It is helpful for a professional to be open about things that have happened to them?
In this edition our panel offer some thoughts on the 2017 General Election: called by the Prime Minister in the hope of winning a large majority, but offering a far less clear result. To help us along we have an interview with our colleague Dr Mark Bennister, Reader in Politics and a specialist in political leadership. Mark talks us through the campaign, analyses the leaders’ performances and assesses the current situation with a hung Parliament. We talk about how psychological theories may shed some light on how people voted. We also discuss populism, rationality, the strong feelings raised on all sides and whether any politician can get elected if they tell us we’ll lose out.
In this edition we discuss the compulsory powers available in the mental health system in the UK These include the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act (MHA). The regular panel is joined by Emma Rye, a Clinical Psychologist working in in the field of learning disabilities. Emma is currently in training to take up the role of a ‘Responsible Clinician’ under the MHA. We also have interviews with Dr Matthew Debenham, an NHS psychiatrist, and with service users Rai Waddingham and Raza Griffiths, both of whom discuss how compulsory powers were used in their own treatment.