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Gender Diversity: With Visibility Comes Vulnerability

  • 31st Mar 2021
  • Ellis J. Johnson

How can we help our trans clients to feel ‘seen’, and feel safe, in therapy? On Trans Day of Visibility, Ellis J. Johnson discusses the simultaneous experience of invisibility and hypervisibility for many gender diverse people – and urges therapists to stop recreating oppressive structures and expectations in the therapeutic space, starting with a simple reframing.

When We Meet Again… Re-embodying Therapy

  • 29th Mar 2021
  • sissy lykou

What might the return to in-person therapy feel like following a prolonged period of working online? As she prepares herself and her clients for the transition, embodied movement psychotherapist sissy lykou finds guidance in memories of the earthquake training she experienced during her school days in Greece.

The Attachment Paradox

  • 26th Mar 2021
  • Stefan Walters

Previously secure relationships can fall into anxious patterns, especially when life events render an attachment figure suddenly emotionally unreliable. How can we help clients to understand their own or the other’s escalating reactions, and regain both trust and independence? Stefan Walters shares a useful, destigmatising framing.

PESI UK Announces Timely Trauma and Attachment Conference

  • 23rd Mar 2021
  • Blog Editor

Understanding the interrelationship between trauma and attachment has never been more important than in this time of global stress. In April, PESI UK will be gathering together world leading attachment specialists and trauma experts as part of a special two-day conference. Join Dr Pat Ogden, Dr Stephen Porges, Professor Jeremy Holmes and other key voices for the latest insights and innovations in working with trauma and attachment.

Psychiatric Drugs: What Therapists Need to Consider

  • 17th Mar 2021
  • Rachel Freeth

Just because therapists don’t prescribe psychiatric drugs, doesn’t mean we can’t support our clients to explore their impact. Ahead of a live PESI UK webcast training in April, psychiatrist turned Person-Centered Counsellor Rachel Freeth draws our attention to the various ways in which drugs may affect our clients and the therapy – and suggests we have a key role to play in holding space for subjective meaning.

Are Clients Feeling Pressure to Answer My Calls?

  • 15th Mar 2021
  • Jude Boyles

If clients have become slower to answer session calls or engage in dialogue during the pandemic, how might we respond? Drawing on her work with resettled refugees, Jude Boyles reflects on the importance of continuing to offer that weekly call – while finding ways to explore how individual clients experience our persistence.

We Are Human First: Ethnic and Race-Based Traumatic Stress

  • 12th Mar 2021
  • Gail Parker

We are all impacted by xenophobia and racism, whether we are the ones being wounded, or the ones intentionally or unwittingly doing the wounding. Ahead of a free PESI UK Clinical Spotlight webcast on 1st April, author, psychologist and yoga therapist educator Dr Gail Parker explores the implications for our psychological health and wellbeing of living in a culture of unhealed ethnic and racial trauma – and the importance of self-care practices for promoting post-traumatic growth.

Speaking Out For Women’s Mental Health

  • 8th Mar 2021
  • Tracy Jarvis

International Women’s Day arrives this year amid a crisis in women’s mental health – one that has been exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis, but has its roots in enduring gender inequality. Tracy Jarvis, Director of PESI UK and a psychotherapist specialising in trauma, explores the intensifying pressures on women’s mental health, from gender-based violence to socio-economic disparity.

Single-Session Therapy and Student Mental Health

  • 4th Mar 2021
  • Windy Dryden

Single sessions are one way of responding to the intensifying demand for student counselling. To mark University Mental Health Day, Dr Windy Dryden sets out the case for offering them, outlines the characteristics of the all-important ‘single-session mindset’, and suggests there may be more to this approach than simply reducing waiting lists.

Self-Destructive Behaviours: Using ‘CARESS’

  • 1st Mar 2021
  • Lisa Ferentz

When clients have the impulse to self-harm, what helps them stop? Not safety contracts, argues Lisa Ferentz, but help finding alternative ways to cope, self-soothe and communicate. To mark Self-Injury Awareness Day, the specialist in trauma and self-destructive behaviours shares her empowering alternative intervention, ‘CARESS’.