Monthly Archives: December 2006

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Just a note to say that this blog will return at the beginning of next year, we all hope that you enjoy the festive season and here’s to a fantastic 2007!

from Eleanor, Jane, Ivan, and all at MindFields College.


Why CBT doesn’t help GP’s to treat depression

TEACHING GPs the skills to offer brief cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to patients with depression has “no discernible impact” on outcome for the patients, a recent randomised controlled trial has found.[1] But, alas, instead of questioning whether there might be a more effective way for GPs to offer brief therapy for depression within their time constraints, the researchers appear to conclude that GPs need much more training to acquire cognitive behaviour therapy’s “complex skills”.

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The treatment of anxiety disorders/Burning Our Money

Next week I’ll be interested to watch a program on Channel 4 about several people with severe agoraphobia being treated with a “revolutionary” new treatment. See here to read an archived Human Givens Journal article about how two counsellors researched the ‘rewind technique’ for treating phobias, trauma and panic attacks (all problems stemming from anxiety), as taught on a MindFields College workshop.

Also, this blog, Burning Our Money, makes for horrifying reading but does very well at bringing to light how UK tax payers money is being spent by the Government.

Posted by: Eleanor

The link between dreaming and depression

Our College Principal, Ivan Tyrrell, explains why depressed people wake up still feeling exhausted and tired and discusses the link between depression and dreaming.

Posted by: Eleanor

Subscribe to the Human Givens Institute e-newsletter

The latest HGI e-newsletter has just dropped into my inbox so I thought I’d put information on how to subscribe here for anyone who wants to keep up to date with latest news about the Human Givens.

Simply click here, enter your email address into the box and you’ll recieve our regular e-newsletter which contains news, case histories and new applications of the human givens approach. (You can unsubscribe at anytime by sending an email to
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What can Doctors do when faced with a depressed patient?

Here is a moving exerpt from NHS Blog Doctor‘s weekly casebook:

“I had the St John’s Wort/cow dung conversation today. Again. A rather sad woman who is not coping at work. She is not clinically depressed. She has a rotten boss, an indifferent husband and a very difficult teenage daughter. (Are any teenage daughters not difficult?).

But I am “not a tablet person, doctor” she says. She has been taking St John’s Wart to try to help. St John’s Wort comes as tablets.

“Ah yes, but they are natural” she says.

“Like cow dung and deadly nightshade?” I ask.

She does not get it. They never do. So we chat. And I ask her about her husband and she starts crying. He is having an affair. She knows. He does not know she knows.

She is lonely. Surrounded by people but lonely. This sort of loneliness is even worse than the loneliness experienced by people who are alone. Is it a medical problem? I don’t know. I would like to phone the vicar really, but she does not “do” vicars.

I suggest that she goes to Relate. She would. Gladly. But he would not.

I have nothing to give her but a little time, and not enough of that.”

This particular case stuck out starkly to me as a poignant reminder of how few effective resources are currently available to a GP faced with someone who is clearly not getting their emotional needs fulfilled and is in need of support to get them met – and I thank NHS Blog Doctor for this much needed inside view.
Posted by: Eleanor

Sandwell Primary Care Trust are the first to adopt the human givens approach

We begin December with the exciting news that Sandwell has become the first Primary Care Trust to incorporate Human Givens principles at the heart of its mental health strategy. Their realistic approach to mental health promotion is set out in Everybody’s Business: Sandwell’s Mental Health Vision 2006-2015. It has been signed up to by all relevant parties: Social services/council, the Mental Health Trust and the PCT. Finance has been found to push training forward to improve all services and local agencies so they can work together, informed by the fact that mental health depends on innate emotional needs being met well in the environment from birth onwards.

Without MindFields College, which teaches human givens psychology, this could not have happened and it is very gratifying to have played such a major part in making it possible.

Sandwell estimates that some 67,000 people in its area have psychiatric disorders, ranging from mild anxiety and depression to schizophrenia, and to make a serious inroad in helping these people they have recognised that uniting all the services in the Human Givens approach is essential “to underpin the delivery of the strategy” – it is the “direction of travel for mental health promotion”.

We know of other PCTs who are considering following in Sandwell’s pioneering footsteps.

Posted by: Eleanor