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Motherhood with Naomi Stadlen 

Naomi Stadlen works as an existential psychotherapist in private practice and specialises in seeing mothers and parent couples. Naomi teaches and supervises at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling. 

An important part of what Naomi has done for over 30 years, is to run a group called Mothers Talking, a discussion group where mothers can share their experiences. Through her work, Naomi has written several books on motherhood and most recently grandmothers. 

The inspiration for her books comes from her own experiences as well as all the hundreds of people she has spoken to.


Her books include the bestselling: 

What Mothers Do Especially When It Looks Like Nothing 

How Mothers Love and how relationships are born

What Mothers Learn without being taught

Why Grandmothers Matter


I have asked Naomi to join me today on the Finding Psychotherapy podcast hoping for an insight into her wonderfully refreshing and deceptively simple understanding of mothers, motherhood, and later on grandmothers. Since becoming a mother I have become particularly interested in the vast complexities that come with this role, the unique relationship to your baby and dare I say it yourself. I have become aware of how different experiences can be and how valuable talking about them is. So, in this episode I hope to be able to tap into Naomi’s findings, because as she quoted “Plato recalling Socrates: 'The unexamined life is not worth living.'


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Psychotherapy for Adolescents and Their Families with Dr Leslie Lund 

Dr Leslie Lund is an Adolescent Psychotherapist who has over 20 years’ experience working with young people and their families, specialising her work to adolescents and families who come from privileged backgrounds. 

She has spent many years researching this cohort of our society finding out about their specific challenges and psychological issues such as: depression, anxiety, self-harm and substance abuse. 
Alongside her practice and her research, Leslie founded CYPPE (Counselling for Young People from Privileged Environments) hoping that this organisation would aid her in sharing her knowledge within this subpopulation and collaborate with colleagues in the development of therapeutic interventions that can support the mental health of privileged youths. 

In 2004 Leslie went on to found the Surrey Counselling and Psychotherapy Initiative (SCPI), a professional members organisation that offers support and professional development to therapists. As well co-founding the Dorking and District Mental Health Project that provides support services within the community. Leslie also supervises and supports families, schools and school counsellors.

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Attachment Based and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Linda Cundy

Linda Cundy is an Attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist  and supervisor with a private practice and over 35 years’ experience. 

Linda is a Consultant at the Bowlby Centre in London that specializes in training psychotherapists in attachment-based psychoanalytic therapy. 

Linda has also written and edited several books including: 
Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the digital Era
Anxiously Attached (about Preoccupied attachment)
Attachment and the Defence Against Intimacy (about ‘Avoidant’ / Dismissing attachment)
From Cradle to Kitchen: Attachment, Relationships and Food

I have asked her to come onto the Finding Psychotherapy podcast today to talk to us about attachment theory, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and how the two join together to form this unique and specialized working model. In recent years I have noticed how attachment theory has gained a lot of popularity, it is a theory that seems to resonate with so many of us. My feeling is that attachment theory has become popular because it helps us all to get an understanding of how our past relationships influence those in our present and it makes sense. However, as it is often the case when theoretical models are made popular, they can be over simplified and misunderstood. My hope is that through this conversation, attachment theory can be explained in a way that is simple but not simplistic, giving it the credit due.

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Integrative Psychotherapy with Dr Maria Luca

Discussing the power of listening, warmth and understanding when exploring your own feelings, relationships and life.   

Dr Maria Luca worked as the Head of the Regent’s Centre for Relational Studies and Psychological Well-Being, Course Leader of the PhD programme in Psychotherapy & Psychology and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Psychological Therapies. She has extensive experience as a NHS, UKCP accredited psychotherapist and MBACP accredited and UKCP recognised psychotherapy supervisor. She edited two books, the first on the Integrative Frame and the second on Sexual Attraction in therapy, both leading, international texts. She has co-authored her third book on Integration in Psychotherapy – New Directions. She has published several papers in peer reviewed journals. She is an Editorial Board Member and Consulting Editor, Article and Book Reviewer, Book Endorser and Book Reviews Editor for international, peer reviewed journals and publishers.

Her previous administrative roles include Head of the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology. Maria has taught at British Universities and presented research papers internationally. She has supervised several PhD students to completion. 

She is currently Clinical Director of Dr Maria Luca & Associates, a psychotherapy practice in London. 

Luca, M., Marshall, C. & Nuttall, J. (2019). Integrative theory and practice in psychological therapies– New Directions.London: Open University Press. August 2019. ISBN: 978-0-3352-6248-9

Luca, M.  (Editor) (2014). Sexual Attraction in Therapy: Clinical Perspectives on Moving Beyond the Taboo - A Guide for Training and Practice London: Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-118-67434-5

Luca, M. (Editor) (2004). The Therapeutic Frame in the Clinical Context – Integrative Perspectives.  London: Brunner-Routledge. ISBN 10: 1583919775 ISBN 13: 9781583919774

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What is Psychiatry? With Dr Bill Young


Dr Bill Young is a Consultant Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist working across independent, not-for-profit and academic sectors. His special interests include mindfulness-based interventions, school wellbeing, clinical addictions in adolescence, and child refugee mental health. 


I was lucky enough to get to know Dr Bill during my training as he lectured us for a term, teaching us the medical stance on mental illness, diagnosis’s and treatment. In my experience anyone trying to grapple with mental health can benefit from gaining a sense of what Psychiatry is, how it works and when to use it. I have often found that there are a lot of preconceptions When thinking of psychiatry. I personally used to find it hard not to think of a doctor in a white coat, asylums and the hard history that often illustrated in films. The hope here, is that we can all gain an alternative understanding, a human, tangible and relatable sense of this invaluable specialty. 



In this episode Dr Bill helps us see how psychiatry is unique and unlike any other specialty to medicine. Psychiatry is looking to treat and diagnose something that is not always physical, it is interpreting a subjective experience into symptoms that inform a treatment plan. The aim is to consider those who are suffering, those who are ill. However illness also means that you can fall out of illness and become better. 

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'Finding A Balanced Connection'
with John-Paul Davies
Today I have asked John-Paul Davies to come and talk to me about his book “Finding a Balanced Connection”. In training to become a psychotherapist, we eventually choose an approach to follow, a way for us to make sense of our work. John-Paul Davies trained as an integrative therapist, meaning that you integrate theories from all approaches to formulate a unique model that resonates with you. In his book he explains his working model, the theory that backs his rational, how he makes sense of his work. He then progresses to formulate 10 principles that can lead to change.

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Q&A on Mental Health


Discussing the differences between mental health practitioners, medication, diagnosis's and mental illness. 

In this episode I have asked the very experienced Daniel Mirea who is a Senior CBT Therapist and Lecturer who has spoken to us about CBT therapy to return and talk to us about the different roles there are amongst mental health practitioners. In this episode I will also take the opportunity to ask Daniel his view on the very topical and at times controversial subjects of medication and diagnosis’s in mental illness. 

Today is a departure from CBT therapy and a chance to clarify some aspects within the mental health realm. 

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Psychosexual Psychotherapy

Discussing sex, the taboo, emotions like shame and guilt, beliefs, physical issues, and how to communicate when speaking about  sex. 

In this episode I have asked the very experienced Desa Markovik who has spoken to us about systemic psychotherapy to return and talk to us about her specialty in psychosexual psychotherapy. 

Desa, has written the book: Working with sexual issues in psychotherapy A Practical Guide Using a Systemic Social Constructionist Framework. In the book she integrates the medical model of sexology with the therapeutic model of sex therapy to explain to the reader the rich tapestry that comes with thinking and understanding sex. 

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is CBT? Discussing phobias, panic attacks, anxiety, our inner critical voice, vulnerability, mystery around mental health and much more.

Daniel Mirea is an accredited CBT consultant, senior lecturer, researcher and writer who trained and worked with some of the most recognisable clinicians in the United States and the UK. 

He has trained and worked alongside Donald Meichnebaum considered by most to be the Freud of CBT therapy and the author of Road Map to Resilience,  Sarah Corrie author of The Art of Living, Mark Davis Principal of the UK college of `Hypno-CBT, Paul Gilbert better known for his research on Compassion and Marsha Linehan who created Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. 

Daniel Mirea currently researches and expands his own treatment model called NeuroAffective-CBT, writes articles, workshops, doctoral programmes and trains in different cognitive and behavioural approaches such as Exposure Therapy, Stress Inoculation, Cognitive Restructuring, Metacognitive Therapy, High & Low Intensity CBT, CB Hypnotherapy, EMDR, Mindfulness Therapy, DBT, ACT

With a career spanning over 30 years in the mental health field, he is a fellow alumnus of King’s College and an accredited practitioner with BABCP and UKCP as well as a senior associate at The Royal Society of Medicine, IACP and EMDR Association UK & Ireland. Having a particular interest in low self-esteem, childhood trauma and deeply rooted feelings of ‘shame and guilt’ Daniel Mirea developed his own behavioural model called NeuroAffective-CBT focused on earlier traumas, shame and self-loathing. Daniel Mirea works as a medico-legal expert with trauma victims of terror incidents, violence or work related accidents but at the other end of the spectrum also with professional athletes or personalities from within the London arts, theatre and media community, looking to enhance and improving performance. 

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Is Systemic Psychotherapy right for you? 

Discussing relationships, identity and the power of being heard with Desa Markovic. 

Desa Markovic, is a UKCP accredited systemic psychotherapist and supervisor (amongst many other things) . Lecturer and programme director at Regent’s University. Has over 20 year’s experience ranging from private practice, lecturing, research, working in the public sector and much more. 

Desa, has experience working with families and individuals. 

IN 2017 Desa published her book on: “Working with sexual issues in Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide Using a Systemic Social Constructionist Framework”. 

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Is Existential Psychotherapy right for you?

Discussing anxiety, our own mortality, the choices and meanings we give to our life with Claire Arnold Baker. 

Claire Arnold Baker ( is an existential psychotherapist with 15 years’ experience working in private practice, with a GP surgery and with MIND. 

She is the Academic Director at  the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and the Course Leader for the Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy Programme.

Claire specialises in working with mothers, having completed her own doctoral research on the transition to motherhood for first-time mothers.

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