From the Editor – Oct/Nov 2019


Welcome to Psychology in Practice magazine issue 3. Use the links below to navigate to the articles, or browse through the website.

This issue’s key author is Dr Jerome Kagan and he asks the profession some fundamental questions about the manner in which we diagnose mental health conditions. He writes that many psychologists are ‘lumpers’, resisting the impulse to unpack an observation into its distinctive kinds. What can be useful for categorisation, however, is ultimately unhelpful when applied to client’s individual needs. Dr Kagan encourages practitioners to ask different questions and unlock the potential for different methods of diagnosis.

Working with officers from the Metropolitan Police gives Dr Ravi Gill a unique viewpoint of the challenges that they face. Supporting officers who have experienced trauma is rewarding work but places demands on the practitioner. In her article, Dr Gill shares insight into secondary trauma and practical advice on protecting yourself.

Everyone faces unexpected life events at some point. The difficult experiences that Dr Ana C. Maloney endured actually inspired her to strengthen her practice. With remarkable insight and resilience, she uses those lessons in acceptance to support and encourage others.

Although many specialist psychologists are open to working with other healthcare professionals for the benefit of their clients, research collaboration with practitioners in different divisions is rare. KairenCullen writes the second article in her two-part series that challenges practitioners to work more widely with psychologists in different fields.

Scope states that 19% of working age adults are disabled. Health psychologists can help those with chronic illness to manage the demands, physical and psychological, that patients find themselves juggling. Joanna Konstantopoulou explains the support that she offers.

If you have been reading about insta-therapy and wondering about the effects of Instagram on both clients and the profession as a whole, then Dr Sophie Mort has some answers. Instagram requires a fine balance from content creators but its potential should not be dismissed without consideration. Emotional eating comes up in many areas of clinical practice.

Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi writes a sensitive and practical article for this issue explaining how allowing a client to understand their emotional systems can lead to real healing.

Our regular ‘Getting there’ feature looks at the varied and diverse career paths people take within the field of psychology. In this issue Rosalyn Palmer details her journey to become a Transformational Therapist (Clinical Hypnotherapy and RTT) and Mindset Coach.

Articles in issue 3

The need for analysis
Is our current approach to diagnosis failing clients and undermining the progress of research? Dr Jerome Kagan explains.

Protecting yourself from secondary trauma
Dr Ravi Gill works with the Metropolitan Police and, in this issue, suggests ways for practitioners to protect themselves while supporting others.

Private Practice: Learning acceptance through unexpected challenges
Everyone faces unexpected life events at some point. Dr Ana C. Maloney explains how her experiences affected her practice.

Applied psychologists: What do we need to add to the menu?
In part two of this article, Kairen Cullen encourages practitioners to consider an interdisciplinary approach to working with psychologists in other fields.

The Instagram effect: Practitioner engagement
Dr Sophie Mort examines the explosion in insta-therapy, and how to approach the app ethically.

Accepting emotions: Supporting patients with emotional eating
Emotional eating comes up in many areas of clinical practice. Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi sets out ways to help clients heal.

Helping patients to manage chronic illness: A health psychologist’s approach
While clients with chronic health conditions understandably prioritise physical effects, Joanna Konstantopoulou explains the steps to facilitating psychological support.

Getting there: Rapid Transformational Therapist and Mindset Coach

Rosalyn Palmer writes a personal account of her journey to working as a therapist and coach.



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