March 28, 2017

The Self and its Parts by Ronit Bichler

First Posted on April 5th, 2013 by alisonball Various theories grapple with and try to come to an understanding of the notion of Self. The grappling […]
March 28, 2017

Making Links

First Posted on April 29th, 2012 by alisonball In the last year or so I find that I am gradually moving toward retirement. Maybe it is […]
March 28, 2017

Guiding Principles

First Posted on March 31st, 2012 by alisonball Many years ago I asked a friend of mine who was wanting to practice her new found skill […]
March 28, 2017

The Urge to Merge

First Posted on February 29th, 2012 by alisonball Today I was talking with a couple of colleagues about a particular dynamic frequently observed in our clients […]
March 28, 2017


First Posted on October 9th, 2011 by alisonball Psychotherapists of my ilk are frequently talking about “boundaries”- In the first place what are they? Does someone […]
March 28, 2017

The power of panic by my colleague Ronit Bichler

First Posted on August 18th, 2011 by alisonball I am not looking at the current market situation from an economical point of view as I am […]
March 28, 2017

Rebirth and Regrowth

First Posted on May 11, 2011 by alisonball Further to my last piece regarding the amalgamation of my own professional association- the Australian Association of Somatic […]
August 26, 2016

Somatic Psychotherapy and Trauma

First Posted on July 27, 2010 by alisonball Suddenly as the neurological effects of trauma can be validated and it is becoming “mainstream” to think that […]
July 26, 2016

Changed Focus of Psychotherapy

First Posted on July 31, 2010 by alisonball My initial psychotherapy training was in a neo- Reichian approach. This encouraged trainees in the work as well […]
June 28, 2016

Psychotherapy Does Matter!

First Posted on July 23, 2010 by alisonball Why does psychotherapy matter? It matters because people matter. We hear a lot of silly talk about psychotherapy being for […]
May 26, 2016

Evidenced Based Therapies!!

First Posted on August 5, 2010 by alisonball As a psychotherapist who is not a psychologist, I get rather fed up with the implications these days […]
May 20, 2016

Encounters Through Generations- A film by the British Institute of Psychoanalysis

Saturday 2nd May: Venue. Cairnmillar Institute, 993 Burke Rd, Camberwell, VIC 3122 Encounters Through Generations is a film in which eminent psychoanalysts in conversation with a younger generation of colleagues,  […]
May 20, 2016

From Cunningham Dax Centre

This Exhibition and Panel discussion of “Afterburn” is a wonderful offering very relevant to our work as psychotherapists. From The Fire 27 May – 30 October […]
May 20, 2016

Talking about Psychoanalysis

Alison will present at the A.S.P.A Professional Development Seminar on 30 May 2015 Whether you love or detest the concept, language or the experience of psychoanalysis, simply […]
May 20, 2016

The Universality of Psychoanalytic Thinking- Its Application to the Attraction of Terrorism..

Recently I attended a wonderful seminar on the subject of what it is that draws people toward terrorism and even taking off from our country to […]
May 20, 2016

Other Influences On Becoming a Psychotherapist

While I was writing the previous paper I also gave some thought as to what else, other than psychoanalysis, had influenced me over the years of […]
April 28, 2016

More thoughts from my colleague Ronit Bichler

First Posted on July 21, 2011 by alisonball As is evident from my name and if you talk to me, from my accent, I am one of these people […]
March 28, 2016

Counselling and Psychotherapy- Thoughts From My Colleague Ronit Bichler

First Posted on June 22, 2011 by alisonball Many people have expressed their views regarding similarities and differences between individual counselling and individual psychotherapy. So I would like to […]
February 26, 2016

How does psychotherapy work?

First Posted on August 14, 2010 by alisonball There are no simple solutions in psychotherapy. Strategies that can help the person in any moment of stress […]
November 26, 2015

Brain Plasticity and Psychotherapy

First Posted on September 3, 2010 by alisonball Having just spent last Monday listening to Dr. Norman Doidge give a series of lectures on the plasticity […]
August 20, 2015

Why my sort of psychotherapy?

Posted on July 20, 2010 by alisonball I am realizing that there are various themes that I will want to follow, come back to and/or start […]
July 26, 2015

Absence and Separation

First Posted on October 12, 2010 by alisonball Lately- perhaps because I had been on holiday myself- I have been thinking quite a lot about absence […]
April 26, 2015

Short and Long Term Therapy

First Posted on November 21, 2010 by alisonball I have now been working as a psychotherapist for many years- since 1986. In all that time I […]
November 26, 2014

Conferences and Workshops

First Posted on August 18, 2010 by alisonball I want to bring to your attention some of the pertinent presenters in the neuropsychotherapy field that are […]
October 26, 2014

Why Somatic Psychotherapy?

First Posted on July 25, 2010 by alisonball In the late 70′s and early 80′s when I knew nothing about psychotherapy, I was simply looking for a course […]
August 26, 2014

Values and theories that have influenced me.

First Posted on July 22, 2010 by alisonball Another theme that comes to mind is that I give quite a lot of thought to the values, theories […]
September 26, 2013

The Broad Field of Psychotherapy

First Posted on September 15, 2010 by alisonball I was asked the other day what was PACFA and why was our association a member of that […]
September 23, 2013

Shame by Robert Karen. Published in The Atlantic Monthly, Feb 1992 v269 n2 p40 (21)

One of my colleagues- Leonie Hibbert- thought that this 1990′s article on shame was still very relevant for our work today. Leonie writes:”Shame is such a […]
August 27, 2013

Reconciliation Australia

First Posted on August 20, 2013 by alisonball An Event of Interest at The Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building. Thank you for registering for the above Public Forum. […]
June 27, 2013

Freud Conference 2013. Reflections by Ronit Bichler

First Posted on May 25, 2013 by alisonball with thanks to Ronit Bichler Last weekend I participated in the annual Freud Conference organized by three psychotherapeutic bodies, the Australian Association […]