The Laughter Task

The stereotypical image of the father throwing a young infant in the air while mum anxiously looks on, is one that all parents are familiar with. Recent research has suggested that this type of vigorous play that typically fathers engage in is not only good for children but may in fact be necessary for their Read more

Politicising therapy

In 1969 Carol Hanisch a radical feminist coined the phrase the “personal is political”.  Now it seems in 2015 as if the “psychological is political.”  Mark Sainsbury and I talked about the overlap of politics, mental health and therapy on his Radio Live Sunday show this week.  (Click here to hear the interview) Over the Read more

Opinion: Make love not war

This article originally appeared in the May 2015 edition of the New Zealand Drug Foundation’s Journal “Matters of Substance” Click here to see the original article… Kyle MacDonald talks to author Johann Hari about his new book Chasing the Scream. Addiction, for those who overcome it, is about adversity: of facing demons and persevering through Read more

Nutters Club: Social Bonds and Assisted Suicide

On the 8th of June Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club.” We talked all about the newly announced policy of Social Bonds, and in the second half of the show assisted suicide, and took calls on both topics. To listen to the audio of the show, it’s in two parts Read more

Psychotherapists and campaigners team up

See: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1506/S00034/psychotherapists-and-campaigners-team-up.htm Saturday, 6 June 2015, 11:21 am Press Release: NZ Society of Physiotherapists Psychotherapists and campaigners team up to say no to social bonds for mental health services The New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists have teamed up with grassroots campaigning movement ActionStation to call on the Government to drop new experiments using ‘social bonds’ Read more

The Cost of Caring

Apparently mental health consumers aren’t motivated enough to get back to work, but worry not, private investment funds and profit driven goals are just the stick the chronically lazy nutters need to get them back to the minimum wage grind. The Government this weekend announced (in a fevered moment of neo-liberal euphoria) that they would Read more

Nutters Club: Antenatal Depression

On the 25th of May Mike King and I talked all about antenatal depression  with our guest Andi Brotherston, on the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club”. To listen to the audio of the show, it’s in two parts, click the links below… Click here for The Nutters Club: Sunday 25/05/15 Part 1… Click here for Read more

The Language of Play

So often these days we focus on being productive, that it’s easy to forget that we all started our learning through play. A recent article in the New York Times raised concerns about how many to case on meeting increased focus on structured learning at the cost of unstructured play, and sadly we see the Read more

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