A Stranger Things CAMHS Formulation: Turn it up to Eleven

Now it was only a matter of time before Psy Fiction got round to the most exquisitely-written, psychologically-informed sci-fi show we have been blessed with in our current times… this is of course referring to Stranger Things. So, let’s take a deep dive into haunted Hawkins with our case example for this post being theContinue reading “A Stranger Things CAMHS Formulation: Turn it up to Eleven”

Low Self-Esteem CBT Formulation: Encanto’s Surface Pressure

After a wee break, Psy Fiction is back with another fictional formulation for all you fellow psychology/movie fans! Our “case study” this time is from Disney’s amazing new animation Encanto. The magical Madrigal sisters will be helping to explain the CBT Formulation for Low Self-Esteem… There I was minding my own business in yet anotherContinue reading “Low Self-Esteem CBT Formulation: Encanto’s Surface Pressure”

Phobia CBT Formulation: Marge Simpson’s Fear of Flying

This month we’re introducing the CBT formulation for specific phobias! To help get our heads round this one, we’ve got one of the biggest stars of the small screen – Marge Simpson! Marge’s plane phobia is explored in a great episode of The Simpsons… so let’s use formulation to find out what’s driving Marge’s fearContinue reading “Phobia CBT Formulation: Marge Simpson’s Fear of Flying”

Anxiety Cognitive Formulation: Facing Fears in Finding Nemo

We’re continuing the theme of CBT formulations with this month’s Psy Fiction post… with a little help from a Disney Pixar classic, Finding Nemo! We’re diving into one of the longitudinal CBT formulations for anxiety, starring Nemo’s dad Marlin as our ‘case study’! Being a parent is a tough gig… and it seems being aContinue reading “Anxiety Cognitive Formulation: Facing Fears in Finding Nemo”

PTSD Cognitive Formulation: Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived

After an intermission of a few months, Psy Fiction is back with another psychological formulation blog post! Sorry for the radio silence… things got a bit hectic in this ol’ pandemic! But some unexpectedly altered Christmas plans and subsequent low-key lockdown annual leave, has allowed time for some blog writing… and naturally the traditional festiveContinue reading “PTSD Cognitive Formulation: Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived”

Panic CBT Formulation: Iron Man, An Anxious Avenger

This month’s psychology model is the CBT formulation for Panic, starring (you know who he is…) Marvel’s Avengers very own Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Perhaps not the first name that comes to mind when we think of anxious characters, however it seems even the bravest of heroes can have moments of fear and panicContinue reading “Panic CBT Formulation: Iron Man, An Anxious Avenger”

Longitudinal CBT Formulation: The “Mad” Queen

The Longitudinal CBT Formulation is coming… and who better to be our star this month than everyone’s favourite Game of Thrones qween: *Deep breath* Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons… aka Dany. So…. why do weContinue reading “Longitudinal CBT Formulation: The “Mad” Queen”

5 Ps Formulation: The Dark Side and the Light

Welcome to post number two! We’re exploring another staple of psychological formulation: The 5 Ps. Our star of the screen this week is Anakin Skywalker… whose troubled journey leads him to become one of the most iconic villains of all time, the Sith Lord himself – Darth Vader. But why? What factors contributed to Anakin’sContinue reading “5 Ps Formulation: The Dark Side and the Light”

Situational CBT Formulation: Like an onion, it has layers

It’s the first blog post! To kick us off, we’re starting with the basic CBT formulation, featuring a guest appearance by the loveable (but at times misunderstood) swamp-dwelling Shrek. What is CBT? So if IMDB had a top therapies list, I would bet that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) would be at the number one spot.Continue reading “Situational CBT Formulation: Like an onion, it has layers”