This used to be a group blog looking at general issues in mental health, social care and politics, but these days it’s more my own blog, looking at how psychological therapies can be used and abused. My name’s Phil Doré. I’m a nurse therapist working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. I used to blog anonymously under the username Zarathustra, and a lot of previous posts appear under that ID, but these days I’m a lot more comfortable with attaching my own name to what I write. I blog and tweet in a personal capacity. Views are mine and not necessarily my employers, but they may hopefully become yours.
Over the years I’ve developed a particular blogging interest in cases where people have been abused by a counsellor or psychotherapist. Although I recognise that good, ethical use of talking therapies can transform lives for the better, I’ve also become very concerned by the lack of regulation in this field, and how that can allow all kinds of rogues to operate.
I’m available by e-mail at thus_spake_z at hushmail dot com. I also tweet at @thus_spake_z
In my spare time I enjoy hillwalking , travelling and doing voluntary work at music festivals. I have particular passions for Iceland and the Eurovision Song Contest. I write about these topics at Have Pith Helment, Will Travel.
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