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The Couples Course

Written by Richard Casebow Tuesday, 29 October 2013 20:07

In the New Year Jenny and I will be running what we have called ‘The Couples Course.’ It is a course for couples, married or unmarried, gay or straight, who are interested in learning the seven principles of what makes a relationship work and therefore last.

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Why we are here?

Written by Richard Casebow Monday, 14 October 2013 07:38


I heard this week of a young woman who had killed herself, from a colleague who is a friend of their mother. This tragedy of a life lost and family bereaved, impacts as all such tragedies do, way beyond the bounds of those directly involved. It was a familiar story of an apparently happy and successful young woman, whose hidden distress and pain could ultimately find no resolution in the world.

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The Reality of Growing Up

Written by Richard Casebow Friday, 26 July 2013 12:01

A grey city, a world of black and white, where beige was boring but daring is how I remember Edinburgh. It was a world to be escaped from. Like Billy Connolly, I longed not only for a world of colour but to be windswept and interesting. I think he has managed the later, somewhat more successfully than I have!

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Journey To The Heart

Written by Richard Casebow Friday, 28 June 2013 14:25

Some weeks have a recurring theme in working with people and helping them find a way forward. This week I found myself describing the process as a journey to the heart. The phrase seems to capture so much of what I witness people struggling with in therapy, in making new beginnings, that I thought I would write a few words about it.

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Family Stories

Written by Richard Casebow Friday, 14 June 2013 16:57

Growing up I had occasion to listen to my grandmother and aunts from my extended family  discussing family history. In their heads they carried a family tree which went back at least three generations. Unfolded over tea, they worked out how they were related as distant cousins. In the process, stories were told, ancestors claimed, patterns established, values embedded; I wish I had taped them.

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Diagnosis and DSM V

Written by Richard Casebow Friday, 31 May 2013 09:52

One of the pleasures of my job as psychotherapist and counsellor is the opportunity that it affords me to get to know people. In doing this, I hopefully understand them in a way that they understand themselves and in the possibilities and potentialities that they may have overlooked. This is an ongoing process as they change and opportunities arise or fall away.

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Living and Dying

Written by Richard Casebow Friday, 26 April 2013 20:53

'Death and taxes', so Benjamin Franklin wrote, were life's only certainties. Although taxes now seem like an optional extra for some large corporations, death's certainty remains. How we react to that thought determines not just what we do with our lives but how we live them now. The last fortnight has been a reminder of this in a number of different conversations, as people contemplate their own mortality, as well as the loss of and absence of loved ones.


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The Importance of Psychotherapy and Counselling

Written by Richard Casebow Tuesday, 09 April 2013 09:28

Psychotherapy and counselling are important for me in giving people the chance to find out who they are and who they might become. It is important that they are seen not as treatments for the mentally ill but as learning opportunities for everybody to find out about themselves and their potentialities especially when it comes to relationships.

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