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Working with Avoidant Attachment: Affect Regulation and Mourning

  • 26th Oct 2020
  • Linda Cundy

How can we help avoidant clients to drop their defences and allow deep emotions to emerge? In her sixth blog about working with highly defended clients, Attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist Linda Cundy discusses the centrality of affect regulation and mourning in this work, taking in the role of countertransference, self-compassion and humour, Fairbairn’s ‘moral defence’ and Stern’s ‘moments of meeting’.

Dissociative Identity Disorder: Using the Countertransference

  • 23rd Oct 2020
  • Rémy Aquarone

The countertransference can be an essential tool when working with clients whose experiences of early trauma have led to Dissociative Identity Disorder. Rémy Aquarone, Director of the Pottergate Centre for Dissociation and Trauma, explains how sharing our psychic responses to client material serves the development of an inquisitive and proactive dialogue – helping clients with DID work towards an integrated self.

Complex Traumatisation: An Integrative Mind-Body Approach

  • 16th Oct 2020
  • Arielle Schwartz

We cannot simply think our way out of our innate, physiological stress and trauma responses. Ahead of three events for PESI UK this Autumn, Dr Arielle Schwartz explains the difference in presentation between parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system states, and sets out her mind-body rationale for working with complex PTSD, including exercises to promote somatic awareness and a flexible approach to protective behaviours.

Suicidal Clients: An Attachment-Based Approach

  • 13th Oct 2020
  • Gülcan Sutton Purser

How can we apply an understanding of attachment styles to working with suicidal ideation? Gülcan Sutton Purser, an attachment-based relational psychotherapist and trauma specialist, sets out the characteristics of disorganised and anxious attachments, explains the link between suicidal ideation and loss, and illuminates the internal world of clients for whom death has become the apparent ‘secure base’.

Free Resources for all Therapists this World Mental Health Day

  • 10th Oct 2020
  • Tracy Jarvis

To mark World Mental Health Day this year, make use of our treasure trove of gratis resources for mental health practitioners, from watch-again webcasts of major conferences to informal clinical conversations with some of the more leading names in psychotherapy and counselling – free to everyone, everywhere.

Dementia Myths vs Realities 5/5: The Carer’s Experience: Who Cares?

  • 9th Oct 2020
  • Danuta Lipinska

Who and what might we encounter when a carer comes for counselling? In the final part of her myth-busting series about the value and diversity of counselling people with a dementia, Danuta Lipinska calls our attention to the unique experiences of clients who are caregiving, and explains why we must move away from the limiting language of ‘loved ones’.

PESI UK Announces Women, Trauma and Mental Health Master Series Conference

  • 6th Oct 2020
  • Tracy Jarvis

How does trauma impact women? How can we support them to recover and to thrive? Learn from the leading female voices in trauma therapy as PESI UK announces a live and online Women, Trauma and Mental Health Master Series Conference. Subtitled ‘Empowering Women with the Skills and Insight to Thrive’, the two-day event will bring together pioneering women in the field of trauma work, including Pat Ogden, Janina Fisher, Kathy Steele, Judith Herman and Babette Rothschild, sharing clinical insights from neuroscience and attachment research to resilience training and body work.

Counselling Clients With Dyslexia

  • 5th Oct 2020
  • Pennie Aston

Therapists may not be alert to the challenges and barriers that can come with dyslexia – or the creative power. To mark Dyslexia Awareness Week, Pennie Aston, founder of a dyslexia aware counselling service, explains how societal attitudes can impact a dyslexic client’s sense of self, and shares ways to work with their creative strengths in the consulting room.

Dementia Myths vs Realities 4/5: Sex, Intimacy and Relationships

  • 2nd Oct 2020
  • Danuta Lipinska

Sex and intimacy have been described as the last taboo in dementia care. As counsellors seeking to engage with the whole person, we cannot afford to dismiss their potential place in our clients’ lives so easily. In the penultimate part of her myth-busting series about the value and diversity of counselling people with a dementia, Danuta Lipinska talks sex – taking in client disinhibition and therapist discomfort, legal and reproductive health contexts, and the challenges of internet dating when you may not be able to remember your way home.