Category Archives: Psychotherapy

Free therapy sessions

 joe griffin teaching

A core element of each Human Givens Diploma Course are the two live therapy sessions from Ivan Tyrrell and Joe Griffin on both weeks of the course. This gives our students the opportunity to experience the therapeutic process right in front of them, and is a vital teaching tool for someone being prepared to work effectively with distressed clients.

These two sessions are FREE, with expenses paid, and usual applicants suffer from a range of problems, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, sleeping problems, problematic anger, relationship difficulties, phobias, addiction, psychosis and obsessive compulsive disorder.

We are looking for suitable people to benefit from these free sessions this autumn at Gilwell Park in London on these dates:

Wednesday 12th September 2007 – Session 1
Tuesday 16th October 2007 – Session 2

Friday 14th September 2007 – Session 1
Thursday 18th October 2007 – Session 2

To discuss the free therapy sessions or if you would like an application, either ring Kathy Hardy on 01323 811 440 or email:

Posted by: Eleanor


Human Givens Journal – Issue 53

human givens journal

The latest issue of the Human Givens Journal is now out.

Major articles

Angry Soldier, unstable diagnosis, unholy muddle: Traumatised servicemen and women are getting a raw deal because of squabblings over diagnoses, says Piers Bishop.

“From being incandescent with rage, B, the soldier who was going beserk, now just feels regret about the lost time: ‘I feel sad about the two years I drifted through and wasted, and regret at all the hurt I caused around me. But I now feel that I am able to get on with my life without the intrusive effects of PTSD. I have become much calmer and to this day have not had one flashback or re-inactment episode. I threw out my anti-depressants. I have reconnected to those around me and have been able to hold down a job . I can control my drinking. I hope that the detraumatising therapy which healed me gets the recognition it truely deserves, as it quick and effective. The alternative is wasteful and will put a burden on the already overstretched NHS. For someone suffering from PTSD, there is nothing to lose in having the rewind treatment, and the opportunity to get their life back.'”

The meanings of psychosis: Our own cognitive and perceptual ‘fault lines’ can help us understand psychotic patients. Michael Garrett, David Stone and Douglas Turkington explain

Helpless to help: What it is like to care for a psychotic brother when professionals don’t know how to help

Ask, don’t tell: Noël Janis Norton discusses with Denise Winn how even the most challenging of children can be motivated to learn

“How can you sleep at night?”: Denise Winn finds out how lawyers cope psychologically when defending clients accused of committing abhorrent crimes

On the receiving end: Caroline Gallup describes the emotional upheaval she and her husband experienced during stressful infertility treatment

The carrot and the stick: Mark Evans describes how his use of rewards and punishments in therapy has helped clients quickly achieve change

The journal is also packed with the usual news, views and information, book reviews and letters.

You can read more about the quarterly journal here and subscribe to it here. (UK yearly subscription =£30, Overseas yearly subscription =£38)

Posted by: Eleanor

Number 10 reply to Therapy Petition

If you haven’t already seen it, here is the Governmental reply to this e-petition on the No 10 website that we supported: We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to consider other psychotherapy approaches, not only cbt, in the proposed expansion of psychotherapeutic services within the NHS, instead of restricting choice for members of the public to one only model of therapy.

The reply:

“A ten-year programme of modernisation is underway to improve mental health services, to increase access to effective treatment and care, reduce unfair variation, raise standards and provide quicker and more convenient services. This programme of reform is backed by significant additional resources and is actively supported by the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE).

The Government is committed to expanding access to psychological therapies as a positive alternative to medication. We are aware of Lord Layard’s interest in this area, and he is closely involved in the Department’s work to develop models that will provide tangible evidence of the effectiveness of investing in talking therapies.

The Depression Report, published by Lord Layard and the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance Mental Health Policy Group on 19 June, advocates that psychological therapies, particularly cognitive behavioural therapy, should be made available to people suffering from depression, chronic anxiety and schizophrenia. It estimates that 10,000 new therapists are needed by 2013 to treat 800,000 people every year, through the creation of 250 treatment centres, each comprising 40 therapists.

The Depression Report is not a Departmental or Government publication. While we agree that more psychological therapies are needed, it is too early to make assumptions on the number of therapists needed. We have recently established a new programme to explore the ways of delivering evidence based psychological therapies effectively.

The Government has launched the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme to produce robust evidence in favour of increasing psychological therapy capacity. The programme consists of two demonstration sites in Doncaster and Newham, and a network of smaller regional projects that will bring together key programmes run by the NHS, the voluntary sector and local employers to test various models that could be implemented nationally. The programme will explore the ways of delivering evidence based psychological therapies effectively and will provide real, tangible evidence of the value of investing in talking therapies. Based on the learning from these sites, we will develop plans on the size, composition and training requirements of the workforce that will be required to roll out an improved psychological therapy service across England in the next five to ten years.

The demonstration site programme will cost £3.7million over the lifetime of the project and is being funded by the Department of Health. The two sites have been chosen because they serve very different demographics with different health needs, and they offer different treatment models such as community-based, voluntary sector-led, or employer-led.

The demonstration sites will develop new services for providing evidence based psychological interventions for people with depression, anxiety and other common mental health problems in primary and community settings. To date, services for people with these needs have been extremely limited leading to inappropriate services and/or reliance on medication and/or referral to secondary care.

The demonstration sites will also explore a variety of ways in which appropriate services for this group of people can be provided. This will include developing integrated teams of therapists provided by NHS and non-statutory providers. The new services will also be integrated with new Employment Advisers to support people in retaining and returning to work. The Advisers will enable the new services to develop more effective links with employers, occupational health services and Job Centre Plus.

The Department of Health is aware of the concerns about the emphasis that the IAPT programme places on CBT. The prospect of including other forms of psychological therapy in the programme has been discussed a number of times by the expert reference group which advises the programme’s board on matters of research efficacy and evaluation. However, it was decided that the IAPT programme should not deviate from its stated aim of increasing access to those therapies, like CBT, that are supported in the current National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

Notwithstanding the above, the Government recognises that many therapists are keen to ensure that the public can choose from a range of evidence-based and empirically validated therapies, together with those currently recommended by NICE. Indeed, given the relatively recent emergence of the recognition of the efficacy of psychological interventions, we expect that the IAPT programme will be capable of incorporating new research data in order to innovate and improve continuously the choice of psychological therapies being offered.”

Posted by: Eleanor

Fast treatment denied to traumatised soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan

The 18-month wait endured by front line troops before they can get treatment for their panic attacks, anger outbursts, nightmares and flashbacks hit the headlines with a vengeance over the weekend.


However, many aspects of the story were not covered by journalists, for example, the scandal that “government guidelines recommend CBT for treating PTSD” when this is known to be a largely ineffective treatment for this condition. No wonder it was reported in The Sunday Times that a trustee of the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association said: “I’ve never come across any veteran who was happy with their NHS treatment for PTSD.”

Another strange aspect is that American research clearly demonstrates that about 25% of people exposed to traumatic events develop PTSD and yet the MOD are maintaining that only 2% of front line troops go on to suffer these debilitating symptoms.

If you know of anyone who needs detraumatising go to our online register to find a human givens therapist who will usually be able to help a sufferer quickly using the rewind technique. This non-intrusive and safe psychological technique (which is taught on our workshop: The fast trauma and phobia cure), is regularly used by HG therapists to relieve people of post-traumatic stress caused by a wide range of traumatic events, from accidents and severe sexual abuse to injury sustained in bomb blasts and experiences of war.

For more information about trauma and PTSD, click here.

Posted by: Ivan

“Community treatment orders won’t help people at all”

The proposed reform of the Mental Health Bill which would mean people with mental health problems could be detained despite commiting no crime has recieved a blow as the results of a review by the Institute of Psychiatry come to light which concludes that ‘Community Treatment Orders’ do not raise compliancy with medication or lower incidences of violence.

A spokesperson from mental health charity Mind said: “They will scare vulnerable people away from seeking help when they need it”.

The Mental Health Alliance, said: “We call on the government to use the evidence its own research has provided and to listen to the professionals, patients and families who have expressed such strong concerns about CTOs.

We addressed the Mental Health Bill in this post last year and it’s very interesting to read about these latest developments.

Read the full BBC article on the Institute of Psychaitry review here.

Posted by: Eleanor

Do you think we deserve effective psychotherapy in the NHS?

I’ve been very helpfully informed about a petition (which is running until 3rd March 2007) on the Government’s website which anyone interested in effective therapy should sign. Pass this around if you agree and get as many signatures as possible

The motion is this:

“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to consider other psychotherapy approaches, not only cbt, in the proposed expansion of psychotherapeutic services within the NHS, instead of restricting choice for members of the public to one only model of therapy.

The proposal by Lord Layard to increase by 10,000 the number of CBT therapists in the NHS ignores the benefits to people of other forms of therapy. Relationship based therapy, such as the Person Centred Approach, and others, have a proven record of helping to alleviate distress and to change lives.

‘We Need To Talk’ , a July 2006 report into NHS availability of mental health treatment supported by MIND, The Mental Health Foundation, Rethink, TheSainsbury Centre for Mental Health and Young Minds highlights the need for more organisation and consideration of therapies other than CBT in this area.

They recommend that “The Department of Health should investigate the current bias in research priorities and address it by supporting more research into psychological therapies.”

The more signatures this petition gets before 3rd March 2007 so it receives the Priministerial attention it deserves, the better.

Sign the petition here.

Posted by: Eleanor

The Dreamcatcher – New Scientist interview with Joe Griffin

Here is an oldish interview with Joe Griffin answering questions on REM sleep, depression, psychosis, trauma, conflict and cult behaviour, published in New Scientist in April 2003:

JOE GRIFFINWe live in mad times. The WHO predicts depression will soon rank second in the global disease burden, suicide rates are rising, and the trauma caused by war, conflict or domestic abuse is everywhere. The toll is horrific: mental illness costs Britain alone £32 billion a year. And people looking for therapy face a confusing tower of psychobabble, with 400-plus often warring schools of thought. Enter JOE GRIFFIN, who says there is a way to lift depression in a day, and told BARBARA KISER he can prove it.

How can you deal with serious depression in just a day?

The important thing is to know how depression is manufactured in the brain. Once you understand that, you can correct the maladaptive cycle incredibly fast. For 40 years it’s been known that depressed people have excessive REM sleep. They dream far more than healthy people. What we realised – and proved – is that the negative introspection, or ruminations, that depressed people engage in actually causes the excessive dreaming. So depression is being generated on a 24-hour cycle and we can make a difference within 24 hours to how a person feels.

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