From the Editor – Jun/Jul 2019


Welcome to Psychology in Practice magazine issue 1. Use the links below to navigate to the articles, or browse through the website.

In August 1971, Professor Zimbardo undertook the landmark Stanford prison experiment. The results of this investigation have been influential in areas even outside psychology, discussed widely and referred to even 50 years later. I am delighted that, in our first issue, Zimbardo writes about this experiment, how it affected his professional life, and what his most recent work tells us about shyness and time perspective.

Practicing psychologists have reported an increase in the presentation of clients with burnout. Dr Lynn Suter looks at what you can do to help your clients and, perhaps more importantly, what you can do to protect yourself against burnout. In the first of an ongoing series of articles about running a private practice, Carole Brooks looks at the isolation of practicing on your own.

Psychologists strive to bring their best tools to their work with everyone, especially when dealing with a huge variety of people. Nicola James and Cise Jalali write about the unconscious biases at play during professional engagement.

Digital therapy is becoming increasingly available, with a growing demand. Dr Ivanka Ezhova explores her experiences with digital therapy and e-therapy, and researches the effectiveness and benefits that such an approach brings to her own clients.

Whether a Brexiteer or a Remainer, everyone in the UK is feeling the pressure of imminent change. Dr Maria Fotiadou discusses the impact on the country in general, and how this compounds the issue of increasing demands for treatment of poor mental health in the population.

In the UK, our children are under immense levels of emotional, social and academic stress. Naomi Burgess looks at ways that institutions
and individuals are working with young people to support the growing number who are experiencing poor mental health.

Combining work with poor mental health is difficult, and clients who have had to take time away from the workplace need specific and effective support on their return. Lisa Alfrey details techniques and approaches that will help a successful rehabilitation.

We all have a story behind what brings us to a particular professional role in life and, in the case of psychologists, finding out how others have made that journey is particularly interesting. In this issue of the magazine, Dr Sharman Jeffries outlines her own story.

I am proud and excited to launch this new magazine, and welcome any feedback you have for me. If you would like me to cover anything specific, or you have more general thoughts about the magazine, then please email me at:

Articles in issue 1

The Stanford Prison Experiment revisited: almost 50 years later

Professor Zimbardo revisits his landmark research, the Stanford prison experiment, and what it means for his current research.

Safeguarding your own mental health as a practitioner

Dr Lynn Suter writes about burnout, and how mental health practitioners can use best practice in safeguarding mental health to protect themselves.

Private practice: combatting the isolation issue

Counsellor Carole Brooks tackles the common issue of isolation in the first
of an ongoing series of articles about running your own practice.

Diversity in Coaching

Nicola James and Cise Jalali write about their experiences with unconscious
biases and endeavouring to deliver a fair approach when coaching other people.

Practitioner challenges in digital therapy: What is digital therapy and what are the mistakes to avoid?

In part one of this in-depth article, Dr Ivanka Ezhova gives a personal account of the benefits of digital therapy, and researches the positive outcomes that e-therapy can bring to clients looking for accessibility and flexibility.

Brexit: Media coverage and mental health implications

Dr Maria Fotiadou examines the impact of Brexit on our country’s mental health, and how this is having an impact on the demand for treatment from the population and the ability to deliver said treatment.

Working with children and adolescents

Naomi Burgess writes about working with younger people and examines how, and where, they might find support for poor mental health during a time when mental health disorders amongst children and young people are increasing dramatically.

Mental health in the workplace

Lisa Alfrey gives practical advice on supporting clients who are returning to work after a period of absence due to poor mental health.

Getting there: Consultant and coaching psychologist focusing on neurodiversity

This regular feature looks at the varied career paths in psychology. In this issue, Dr Sharman Jeffries gives a personal and biographical account of a journey into the professional life of a consultant an coaching psychologist.

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