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Sexual Violence 4/5: Vicarious Trauma

  • 18th Jun 2021
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

From disturbed sleep through to physical pain, it is common for therapists to experience stress responses when working with survivors of sexual violence. In the fourth part of her series, Erene Hadjiioannou suggests ways to identify and manage vicarious trauma – helping us stay connected with ourselves, and with our clients.

Working with Survivors of CSA: The Essentials

  • 15th Jun 2021
  • Christiane Sanderson

The trauma of childhood sexual abuse leaves survivors with unique and complex needs. Ahead of a PESI UK live webcast this week, specialist, author and trainer Christiane Sanderson shares the core principles, models and frameworks that can support therapists of all modalities to practise safely and effectively, with understanding of the past and hope for the future.

‘Tree of Life’ Practice with Refugee Clients

  • 14th Jun 2021
  • Sheetal Amin

The Tree of Life is a narrative therapy intervention that grounds people in their past and present communities. As we mark Refugee Week 2021, with its theme of ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist Sheetal Amin talks us through this approach and explains how it has helped her refugee clients to reclaim their roots and grow new connections.

Sexual Violence 3/5: Working Relationally

  • 11th Jun 2021
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

How can we sustain a safe relational connection with survivors of sexual violence? In the third part of her series about working with survivors, Erene Hadjiioannou, author of a forthcoming textbook, addresses the therapeutic challenges and opportunities – and shares her work with one client for whom playing cards was vital groundwork.

Covid-19 Intensive Care Experiences

  • 7th Jun 2021
  • Christina Jones

Flashbacks and recurrent nightmares are among the issues bringing those who have spent time in ICU during the Covid-19 crisis to therapy. Dr Christina Jones is a specialist in psychological recovery following critical illness, and the research manager for support group charity ICU Steps. To coincide with national Intensive Care Week, she explains why the pandemic led to the ‘perfect storm’ for patients and their distressed families.

Sexual Violence 2/5: Disconnection and Connection

  • 4th Jun 2021
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

Sexual violence can shrink our worlds and reconfigure our sense of self. In the second part of her series about working with survivors, Erene Hadjiioannou, author of a forthcoming textbook, discusses its impact on our ways of relating – and suggests how therapists might begin to support a search for the self amongst the trauma.

Moments of Mindfulness Within Therapy

  • 1st Jun 2021
  • Margaret Landale

Our bodies are often way ahead when it comes to attuning with clients. How can we use mindfulness practice within sessions to consult our somatic awareness and connect with clients’ unspoken feelings? Margaret Landale, a specialist in stress-related and psychosomatic disorders, shares a moment of mindful attention as it unfolds…

Sexual Violence 1/5: Challenging the Myths

  • 28th May 2021
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

Myths about sexual violence are as rife as sexual violence itself – and can easily obstruct therapy. In the first part of a new series, Erene Hadjiioannou, author of a forthcoming textbook, addresses common misconceptions and explains why therapy must engage with internalised myths as well as survivors’ truths.

Working with Avoidant Attachment: Critical Internal Objects

  • 19th May 2021
  • Linda Cundy

When our clients are tortured by self-criticism, we need to step in to protect them. In her penultimate blog about supporting highly defended clients, Attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist Linda Cundy explores our relationships with our punitive superegos – and suggests some ways therapists can help clients to internalise a different kind of voice.

Nature Photography in Grief Work

  • 14th May 2021
  • Sisi Burn

How can taking photos of nature help clients to process grief? Following a sudden bereavement, professional photographer and transpersonal arts counsellor Sisi Burn started taking walks with her camera. The result was a powerful and transformative dialogue with herself – an approach that could be accessible to any client with a cameraphone.