Therapeutic relationships: the perniciousness of 'insight' and 'expertise'

Anne Cooke

Canterbury Christ Church University

Anne (@AnneCooke14)  is Clinical Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University. For many years she worked as a consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS, leading psychology services in mental health teams. She is the current British Psychological Society Practitioner of the Year. The award recognises in particular her work to make available good quality public information about mental health. Most recently she edited and promoted the Society’s major public information report 'Understanding Psychosis' ', leading a group of 24 contributors drawn from eight universities and six NHS trusts, together with people who had experienced psychosis. The report attracted international media coverage and is widely used around the world. Anne is also aengaged with colleagues in the Discursive of Tunbridge Wells project which aims to open up debates about key issues in mental health  via a blog and podcast.


‘The concept of lack of insight is one of the most powerful and insidious forces eroding our position as competent and creative individuals’ Peter Campbell Relationships between those of us who experience psychosis and... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Anne Cooke (Canterbury Christ Church University)

Topic Areas

Therapeutic relationships , The language of madness , Power imbalences


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