Depression, Bipolar & Grief Counselling Blog

I am Lee Hopkins. I am the only counselling service in the Adelaide Hills that specialises in working with the depressed, the bipolar and the grieving. I am a former military man, and I am here to help.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – a review

  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: the foundations This post will look at Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and its foundations of Functional Contextualism (FC), Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT). It will consider the latest research and meta-analyses of the efficacy of ACT and will conclude that …

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Ethics conundrum #2

This is taken from my Ethics formal assignment, Semester 1, 2015. Context A client has reached a point where they no longer wish to continue cancer treatments and instead wish to die. Ethical dilemma Do I take steps to notify relevant bodies of my client’s intentions to die, or do …

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Ethics condundrum #1

This is taken from my Ethics formal assignment, Semester 1, 2015. Context I believe my client has reached the end of fruitful counselling and has been using me as a crutch rather than take responsibility for their own life. I believe I should terminate the relationship but my supervisor believes …

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Bipolar Disorder II: A review

This post will look at Bipolar Disorder (BD) and where possible focus on the variant Bipolar Disorder II. It will examine its genetic and psychosocial aetiologies, and consider its diagnosis and treatment. A brief visit will be paid to online spaces for treatment. The post will conclude that Bipolar Disorder is a …

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The sacred and the profane

  How Christianity and psycho-therapy can work together to bring about healing and change   I’m a sceptic. I came into this degree with the jaundiced eye of one who believes that spirituality has no place in the modern psychotherapist’s armoury. But my eyes have been partly cleared to see that …

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and me

This post will look at Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), its background, its theoretical standpoints and its cohesion or otherwise with Christianity. To end, this post will consider how it can be applied to my own psychological challenge/disability—bipolar disorder.

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Case study: A power dilemma

Case study: A client is referred to you by a senior leader/pastor within your national church organisation. Context: The church leader has been working with 23-year-old Michael for six months striving to help him overcome his same-sex attraction. Michael is desperate to be straight and thinks he should find a …

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The Reality Slap and my gap

I’ve been reading Russ Harris’ The Reality Slap and have just finished it (in two days). I’m reading it because it was pointed out to me that it may help with my literature review and looking at grief and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I have to say I’m not …

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Grief and men: a review

Literature review This review will be conducted within the framework of the Scholarly Personal Narrative (SPN) (Nash, 2004), wherein it is a narrative that is honest, self-disclosing and scholarly, all at the same time. As Nash says, I contend that what you have lived, loved, loathed and learned in a …

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An uphill path

Today is an uphill path. I am writing a 5,000 word literature review on the topic of men and grieving and so far have written 5,400 words that make no sense at all. Every effort to focus is being resisted by my mind and I find it near-impossible to settle …

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