Women Psychologists in the Mental Health Professions The Adventures of Alice



It is only a few months since I left my job as a principal clinical psychologist in psychotherapy, and yet that experience is already taking on an air of unreality in my mind. The mental health world is one which continually calls into question our view of what is real, acceptable and normal; just like Lewis Carroll’s tale of Alice in Wonderland. It is easy, as an outsider, to identify and analyse the characteristics, motives and causes of people’s behaviours and attitudes in a situation, but not so obvious for the participants caught up in the drama. For women psychologists the sharing of personal experience which comes from working in the mental health world provides an opportunity to listen to the inner voice, observe the system as an outsider and build the bridge between illusion and reality, the internal and external worlds.


Mental Health Service National Health Service Mental Health Profession Clinical Psychologist Mental Health Field 
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