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What you need to Know about Working with Gender and Sexual Diversities

This introductory guide is designed to help counselors and psychotherapists understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identification and other labels and categories of sexuality and sexual practice.

This guide also gives some pointers on essential considerations for safe, effective and ethical practice when working with clients from these groups.

Treating Sexual Addiction with Contemporary Psychotherapy - Research published by BeeLeaf Graduate & Recipient of COSRT Post Graduate of the Year Award

Treating Sexual Addiction with Contemporary Psychotherapy

Julie Sale


This case study describes the treatment of my first psychosexual client, Darren, detailing both his therapeutic process and my development as a psychosexual therapist. All names and identifying details have been changed to protect confidentiality and anonymity. Darren has given written consent for his case to be presented.

The Client

Darren is a successful, city based professional in his late twenties, presenting with obsessive rumination and compulsive sexual behaviour. He is educated to degree level. His parents are both professional academics and he has two younger brothers. Darren lives with Joanne, his partner of 8 years, their two-year-old son and Joanne’s teenage son from a previous relationship. In March 2011 Darren and Joanne started couples therapy following Darren’s confession to compulsive use of Internet porn and prostitutes. In September 2011 Darren was referred to me for one to one therapy, to work specifically on understanding and overcoming his compulsive behaviours. His treatment is on going.

The Therapist

I am a female, UKCP Registered Contemporary Psychotherapist, with post graduate training in CBT. I am in my forties and work in a private counselling agency setting. My psychotherapeutic orientation can be described as Pluralist. I specialise in the treatment of anxiety and OCD.

A Systematic Case Study Research Project An examination of the effectiveness of Contemporary Psychotherapy interventions in the treatment of anxiety in The Letchworth Centre Psychotherapy Service. Is there a difference which makes a difference?



Background: Anxiety related common mental health disorders are on the increase, making the identification and dissemination of effective treatment protocols essential to both individual and societal health. CORE-OM assessment and ending session data indicate that clients achieve clinically significant improvements during treatment at The Letchworth Centre Counselling Service Anxiety Clinic, using a Contemporary Psychotherapy approach. What was not known was whether any particular intervention had a consistently positive influence on client change. Aim: This paper provides an overview of NICE recommended treatments for anxiety and places the modality of Contemporary Psychotherapy within this framework. It emphasises participant perspective in the exploration of the relative impact of Contemporary Psychotherapy interventions. Methodology: This is a systematic case series design utilising a combination of qualitative and quantitative data to test the research question.
Conclusions: Participants identified the relationship with the therapist as central to their progress, reinforcing evidence of the common factors of therapy. The assessment process and psycho-education were also cited as helpful interventions. No one Contemporary Psychotherapy intervention was specified as being more effective than any other, although reframing, the use of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and submodality elicitation were identified by participants as helpful.

Julie Sale
Submission Date: 30th November 2011

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Constructing Recovery from Addiction

This chapter first appeared as an article in The Psychotherapist 2008

Reconstructing my understanding of addiction and recovery began for me in 1995, when the reality of client’s presenting conditions and needs proved to be inadequately served by the constructs of the psychotherapeutic theories to which I had hitherto been exposed.

There was an inconsistency in the claims of psychotherapeutic cures of conditions that were being labelled as “addiction” or “alcoholism”, when in fact the client had been displaying behaviours of temporary or controllable misuse. The chaotic descent into the life-threatening hell of dependence that was observable in some clients, relatives of clients and in the world around me (my practice was in Kings Cross) did not seem to be adequately represented. And because addiction was “off the map”, the route to aiding recovery seemed unnavigable.

According to my constructivist learning tradition, I began to seek more clarity not just in literature but also through hours of interview with many people who had reached a desperate state of hopeless and destructive dependency and had since succeeded in rebuilding their lives to maintain a stable and acceptable mental health.

Introduction to the Principles of Contemporary Psychotherapy

Contemporary Psychotherapy is an integrative outcome oriented approach that draws on the diversity of traditional theory according to best current knowledge, in respect of the client's context, resources and needs. Therefore therapy may be brief, mid-term or longer term.

Only Connect - A conversation with Dr Ernest L Rossi

We did not always think like this. We were not always so blasé about everyday miracles. Before the invention of achromatic lenses in the 1840s, a theory was courageously ventured that a microscopic world of a hidden molecular design lay unseen within the visible material world. From the turn of the 19th century, the rumour of a weave of tiny pieces within all natural things tantalised the popular imagination.

Talk with the Animals

Written by Pamela Gawler-Wright, Director of Training for BeeLeaf Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy

Presented at the NLP Conference in London 2008

A Representative Balance

A Training MO shares its experience of creating a representatively diverse membership and explores how an active Equal Opportunities and Diversity policy grows from both conscious and unconscious dynamics.

As new kids amongst the neighbourhood of UKCP Training Organisations, BeeLeaf Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy has had an interesting and challenging couple of years. One example of how UKCP works well is having access to so many models of good practice and the generosity of the community to share literature and developed protocol. Due to this collective and diverse wealth, we have been inspired and empowered as an organisation to improve several aspects of how we do what we do in the preparation of effective and ethical psychotherapy practitioners.

Cracking The Codes - What and How do Psychotherapists need to learn about Ethics?

My time on the Ethics Committee of UKCP has alerted me to numerous longings, from individuals and organisations, to have some external authority of righteous wisdom, to preside over all difficult situations that we face in the arenas of practice, training and supervising.

Even better, to have such an authority neatly packaged into an all encompassing, written dictum, (preferably less than 1000 words long). Ethical choices could then become a process of simple reference, without doubt, regret, disagreement or reprisal - "It said in the code of ethics..."

Skills of Love

Written by Pamela Gawler-Wright

Stephen Gilligan is the world's foremost modeller of Milton Erickson. A member of that hallowed circle of individuals who were in the original Bandler/Grinder set at UCSC, he soon departed from the pure structuralist approach of fledgling NLP to study with the man himself. Having received five years of free hospitality in Milton's house, he never paid a penny for the tuition he received. Milton Erickson asked for just one thing in return; "Pass on what you have learned here". Pamela was there when Stephen was doing just that.