Resources – readings and recordings


Caught up in the family tree

We all know that mums and dads can really “f— you up”, as the English poet Philip Larkin once wrote. Bert Hellinger, the 84-year-old founder of family constellation therapy, would say it goes beyond mum and dad, to the entire family, past and present. And it’s something his deceptively simple therapy aims to put right.

Family constellation therapy takes the view that every individual in a family – born or yet to be born, alive or dead – has a place in the “soul” of that family (those of a less spiritual bent might say, have a place in the family system). Unacknowledged traumas therefore get passed on through these family members, and arise unconsciously in the behaviour of the current generation. (From Sydney Morning Herald, 14 July 2005).
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Family Constellations: Leading and surrendering in relationship

A relationship flourishes when there is a continuous and generous exchange of giving and taking bound up in love – so give everything. This is all very well to say, of course, because we have many reasons why we hold back. How do we unravel these? Bert Hellinger, developer of the Family Constellations’ Orders of Love system in Europe more than 30 years ago, has wise insight as to what goes on in the relationship dynamic.
He advises that we should clear up unconscious entanglements and unhealthy binds to parents and/or previous partners – or we are not actually FREE to be present in our current relationship. (written by Jonine Lee) Read more …

What is Family Constellation – A Therapy Beyond Words

A Therapy beyond Words that heals Family of origin issues such as Entanglements, Following, Orders of Love, Balance of Giving and Taking written by Ingeborg Stiefel, Harris and Andreas Zollmann Read more …

13 Qualities to Look for in an Effective Psychotherapist

Read about the 13 qualities of a helpful therapist. WARNING: You won’t find all of them right at the beginning of your therapy. You cannot expect everything to happen from your therapist. At the end of the day, s/he is a human being. Yet, it is valuable to have some ideas about what to expect, as you would from a mechanic before you trust them with your vehicle. Read more …

Embracing Your Demons: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one of the recent mindfulness-based behaviour therapies shown to be effective with a diverse range of clinical conditions. In contrast to the assumption of ‘healthy normality’ of Western psychology, ACT assumes that the psychological processes of a normal human mind are often destructive and create psychological suffering. Symptom reduction is not a goal of ACT, based on the view that ongoing attempts to get rid of ‘symptoms’ can create clinical disorders in the first place. Russell Harris provides an overview of ACT against a background of the suffering generated by experiential avoidance and emotional control. A case study illustrates the six core principles of developing psychological flexibility; defusion, acceptance, contact with the present moment, the observing self, values, and committed action. Read more …

Mindfulness without Meditation

Acceptance and commitment therapy teaches mindfulness skills within the context of values and committed action. Russell Harris gives a brief introduction:

Imagine a therapy so hard to classify that it has been described as an ‘existential humanistic cognitive behaviour therapy’. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, is an innovative and creative mindfulness-based therapy, firmly based in the tradition of empirical science, yet with a major emphasis on values, acceptance, compassion and living in the present moment. Read more…


Audio resources from New Paths Psychology

Mindfulness practice instructions and guidance
(FREE of Charge)

Superb audio tracks in mp3 format from Clinical Psychologist Malcolm Huxter. Malcolm practices as a clinical psychologist who emphasises mindfulness and related practices. He has been a consistent meditation practitioner since 1975 and has been teaching mindfulness and related strategies to clients both individually and in group-based programs since becoming a psychologist. He has written mindfulness-based treatment workbooks and programs for stress, depression and anxiety.

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