And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.Friedrich Nietzsche
Introduction to my Blog
My writing is based on conversations I’ve had with myself and other people over the last twenty-plus years whilst becoming a Nietzschean Psychotherapist. I write using a semi-fictional creative writing style as I find it more engaging than conventional case studies.
Case studies are rhetorical devices designed to demonstrate competency or promote ideas and theories.They present as though there is a set of verifiable facts that if laid out systematically will result in a relatively unbiased conclusion. For this reason they are not the best genre for a Nietzschean.
I prefer to present truths as butterflies; light and fleeting, a sudden change of direction, occasionally one lands, and often not in the same place twice; or they might pass you by completely.Once they fly off, all that is left is the impression of having seen a butterfly.
Fiction is history that might have happened. History is fiction that did happen.Andre Gide
Latest from my Blog
This blog is about the implicit betrayal of traditional psychotherapy training, and how it lays the ground for a further necessary and explicit betrayal on the part of the nascent psychotherapist. The traditional route to becoming a psychotherapist involves several years – usually five – spent in training, hundreds of supervised practice hours, years of … Continue reading The double betrayal at the heart of becoming a psychotherapist
I recall, during my initial psychotherapy training at the Whittington Hospital in North London, the day I had to choose a supervisor. My tutor read out the names of several candidates, many of whom sounded exotic to me. He gave us little detail unless a group member enquired further. One person, in particular, stood out. … Continue reading The value of being eaten and other ‘dark arts’
Everything we know about death comes from life, since it is only the living that speak about death. If we allow ourselves to see the value of what we project onto death, we might learn something we already know about life. If we affirm life as it is, we would stop projecting onto death altogether; … Continue reading Death is like…
I practice as a Nietzschean Psychotherapist and am fully accredited as a psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I see people online or in person in Cambridge and in Angel Islington, London. I work with individuals, couples and in groups. I offer executive and leadership coaching to people in business, science and tech, law, the arts, academia and from voluntary and religious organisations. I’m also a clinical supervisor and trainer.