Life as a therapist – How to survive!

The BPC and ACP teamed up to create a unique event exploring some the distinct challenges practitioners face when working in the field of psychotherapy.

This page will be updated over the coming weeks


The BPC's Online Resource Map

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Working in health care

  • Allyson Pollock: NHS plc: The Privatization of our health care (Vergo
  • Joh Burton: Leading good care: the task, heart and art of managing social care (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
  • Jody Hoffer Gittell: High Performance healthcare: Using the power of relationships to achieve quality, efficiency and resilience (MdGraw Hill)
  • Roger Taylor: God bless the NHS: The truth behind the current crisis (Faber & Faber)
  • Louise Grant and Gail Kinman: Developing resilience for social work practice (Palgrave)
  • Atul Gawande: The Checklist Manifesto: How to get things right (Profile Books)
  • James Prochaska, John Norcross & Carlo Diclemente: Changing for Good (Harper Collins)


Psychoanalytic perspectives on work and health

  • David Armstrong: Organization in the mind: psychoanalysis, Group Relations and organisational consultancy (Karnac)
  • David Armstrong and Michael Rustin: Social defences against anxiety: Explorations in a paradigm (Karnac)
  • David Bell: Psychoanalysis and Culture: A Kleinian Perspective (Routledge)

Further background reading

  • Michael Marmot: The health gap: the challenge of an unequal world (Bloomsbury)
  • Peter Fleming: Resisting Work: The corporatization of life and its discontents (Temple University Press)
  • Srdja Popovic & Mathew Miller: Blueprint for Revolution: How to use rice pudding, lego men, and other non-violent techniques to galvanise communities, overthrow dictators or simply change the world (Scribe)


Titles on bullying

  • Andrea Adams & Neil Crawford: Bullying at work: how to confront and overcome it (Virago)
  • Tim Field: Bully in Sight: how to predict, resist, challenge and combat workplace bullying (Success Unlimited)
  • Anne-Marie Quigg: The handbook of dealing with workplace bullying (Gower)
  • Sheila White: An introduction to the psychodynamics of workplace bullying (Karnac)


Further Information on Workplace Bullying

  • The government’s definition of workplace bullying can be found here
  • Comprehensive pages on workplace bullying can be found on most union sites, here is the BMA site
  • A good FAQ developed by the RCOG can be found here

Going online

  • To hear people talk anonymously about their experiences of bullying at work go to the Surviving Work Library here
  • An interesting social media campaign is #Hellomynameis which is encouraging doctors to be more emotionally engaged with each other and patients set up by Kate Granger, a doctor who is also a cancer patient and who tweets as @GrangerKate
  • A useful online and face to face medical reading group is @TwitJournalClub
  • A good individual and anonymous online mental health service is the Big White Wall
  • For information about Balint Groups
  • For information on Schwarz Rounds

Meditation and Psychotherapy


  • Anderson, R.1999.  Warm smiles from Cold Mountains. Rodmell Press. California
  • Batchelor, Stephen (1997)  Buddhism without Beliefs: a contemporary guide to awakening. Bloomsbury.
  • Bazzano, M. (Ed) (2014) After Mindfulness.  New Perspectives on Psychology and Meditation. Palgrave Macmillan:Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Black, D. (Ed) (2006)  Psychoanalysis and Religion in the 21st Century. Competitors or Collaborators. New Library of Psychoanalysis. Routledge: London and New York.
  • Blue, L. (2004)  Hitchhiking to Heaven. Hodder and Sloughton; London
  • Coltart, N. (1996). Buddhism and psychoanalysis revisited. In N. Coltart (Ed.), The Baby and the Bathwater (chap. 8, pp. 125-129). Karnac: London.
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler (1999) The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living .  Mobius
  • Epstein, M. (2001) Thoughts Without a Thinker: psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective. Duckworth.
  • Freidman, M. (1992)  ‘ Healing through meeting: Dialogical Psychotherapy’  Ch 12 in Religion and Psychology. Paragon House: New York
  • Freidman, M. (2002)  ‘A Life of Dialogue’ Ch 14 in  Martin Buber: The Life of Dialogue. 4th Edition.  Routledge: London and New York
  • Eigen, M. (2008). ‘Primary Aloneness’. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 5(2)
  • Goleman, D. (2003). Destructive Emotions and How we Can Overcome Them. A Dialogue with the Dalia Lama. Mind and Life Series. Bloomsbury: London.
  • Hunt,G. (2008)  New Buddha Way: Ethical Living: 1  Laleston Press
  • Lau Tzu , tr. Stephen Mitchell (1999) Tao Te Ching (Book of the Way). Frances Lincoln Ltd: London
  • Lanyado, M. (2012) ‘Transition and Change: An exploration of the resonances between transitional and meditative states of mind and their roles in the therapeutic process’ in A. Horne and M.Lanyado (Eds) Winnicott’s Children Routledge: London and NewYork
  • Mathers, D., Miller E., Osamu, A. (eds) (2009) Self and No-Self. Continuing the dialogue between Buddhism and Psychotherapy. Routledge. London
  • Molino, A. (Ed) ( 1998)  The Couch & the Tree: dialogues in psychoanalysis and Buddhism. Ed. North Point Press
  • Morgan, H.  (2012)  'To Paint the Portrait of a Bird.: analytic work from the perspective of a developmental Jungian.' Journal of Analytical Psychology. 57.
  • Nataraja, S. (2008) The Blissful Brain. Neuroscience and Proofs of the Power of Meditation. Gaia: London.
  • Pozzi Monzi, M.  (Ed)(2014) The Buddha and the Baby. Psychotherapy and Meditation in Work with Children and Adults. Karnac Books, London
  • Paramananda.  Change Your Mind: a practical guide to Buddhist meditation. Windhorse Publications
  • Pema Chodron (2000) When things fall apart: Heart felt advice for difficult times. Shambhala.
  • Ricard, M. (2007)   Happiness. A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill. Atlantic Books: London.
  • Roose-Evans, J. (2009)  Finding Silence. 52 Meditations for Daily Living.  The History Press: Gloucestshire, UK
  • Safran, J. (Ed)(2003)  Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: an unfolding dialogue. Wisdom Publications
  • Suzuki, S. (1983). Zen's Mind, Beginners Mind. John Weatherhill: New York
  • Thich Nhat Hanh (1975)  The Miracle of Mindfullness: A Manual on Meditation.  Beacon Press
  • Thich Nhat Hanh (1998) The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching   Rider & Co
  • Welwood, J. (Ed) (1983)  Awakening the Heart.  East/West Approaches to Psychotherapy and the Healing Relationship.  New Science Library, Shambala: Boulder and London
  • Wittenberg, J. (2008)  The Stillness of Dark Water.  An Inner Journey. 

Audio Links

There is a wide range of free talks about Buddhism and meditation on line

Meditation and Retreat Centres

  • Gaia House near Newton Abbot in Devon which runs silent retreats. website can be found here
  • There is a group called London Insight which is connected to Gaia House in that teachers from there are invited to run day long retreats in London. website can be found here
  • There is a group called Triratna which has centres all over the country and several in London. They also have residential retreat centres website can be found here
  • The Community of Interbeing (COI) which follows Thich Nhat Hahn’s teaching has local groups practicing mindfulness and meditation and it organizes retreats too website can be found here