Therapy has turned on itself

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Were I to overcome a lifelong scepticism about the healing powers of talk therapy, I imagine languishing on a psychiatrist’s…

The company of hens could be the best cure for depression

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Their jostling energy and distinct personalities bring joy not only to their owners but increasingly to children in therapy and lonely pensioners in care homes

A podcast with real emotional heft: Philippa Perry’s Siblings in Session reviewed

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Have you ever taken a piece of advice? I’m not asking a rhetorical question. Have you ever once in your…

We’ve become a nation of armchair psychiatrists

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Let’s leave mental health diagnoses to the professionals

Mommy issues: Milk Fed, by Melissa Broder, reviewed

27 March 2021 9:00 am

This is a novel about ‘mommy issues’. Rachel is a Reform Jew, ‘more Chanel bag Jew than Torah Jew’, and…

The cure becomes the problem: The Seduction, by Joanna Briscoe, reviewed

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Beth, the protagonist of Joanna Briscoe’s The Seduction, reminded me of Clare in Tessa Hadley’s debut, Accidents in the Home.…

Shot of a focused young man cleaning the surface of a table with cleaning equipment at home during the day

Taking pride in household chores really can ease depression

31 August 2019 9:00 am

There are many books about what it’s like to live with mental illness and the aftermath of child sexual abuse.…

For some girls, therapy does more harm than good

13 January 2018 9:00 am

In the churchyard by the church near my grandmother’s house, there’s a tombstone with an inscription that’s haunted me since…

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Carly Simon: funniest, most sexually blunt star of her generation

30 January 2016 9:00 am

I usually dread the final 15 minutes of a celebrity interview: the awkward section during which the writer must steer…

Forgive me, Father

8 February 2014 9:00 am

What Catholics really talk about in the confession box

Do Manet's asparagus remind you of your struggling long-term relationship?

4 January 2014 9:00 am

In calling their book Art as Therapy Alain de Botton and John Armstrong have taken the direct route. They’re not…

Dear Mary: How do I empty a chamberpot without my hosts noticing?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Q. One of our daughter’s godmothers has given very generous presents but never with any regularity. She was unable to…