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The psychiatrist’s couch

The psychiatrist’s couch

The term "psychiatrist's couch" has become synonymous with the treatment given by any therapist. Real consultation rooms don't look like this but there was a real couch that started the stereotype. The first psychoanalyst's couch was a Victorian day-bed - reportedly given as a gift to Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud by a grateful female patient, Madame Benvenisti, in around 1890. It is sturdy and solid, draped in a multi-coloured, rich Iranian rug and scattered with well-worn cushions.

Last night I made a Freudian slip. I was having dinner with my mother-in-law and wanted to say: "Could you please pass the butter." But instead I said: "You silly cow, you have completely ruined my life."

Psychiatree cartoon
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A beginner’s guide to mindfulness

A beginner’s guide to mindfulness

Mindfulness is a meditation technique. Unlike mantra meditation, which involves focusing concentration on a particular word or sound, mindfulness aims to achieve a relaxed, non-judgmental awareness of your thoughts, feelings and sensations at the present moment.

A portrait of Sigmund Freud

A dog on a therapist

When psychiatrists joke