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SHADES of Life as Systemic Practice 5/5: Calling all Therapists!

  • 7th May 2021
  • Sonya Welch-Moring

How do we move from talking about colour, power and inequality to taking action? Concluding her vital series on exploring colour dynamics, systemic therapist and Ancestral Constellations practitioner Sonya Welch-Moring reflects on her own journey through exhaustion to re-engagement with the ‘inclusive bridging’ work of her SHADES Circles – and calls on every therapist to identify one small step they can take, today, towards changing the system.

Birth Trauma: What Are We Missing?

  • 5th May 2021
  • Kate Foster

Unresolved birth trauma can lead to clients presenting with depression, anxiety and attachment issues – years, and even generations, after the event. As we mark Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week and World Maternal Mental Health Day, Kate Foster, a psychotherapist and former manager of an NHS perinatal counselling service, explains why therapists shouldn’t confine our curiosity about birth experiences to the perinatal period.

Leading Clinicians Talk Crisis and Recovery: Free PESI UK Mental Health Awareness Summit

  • 4th May 2021
  • Blog Editor

What do grief work, relational neuroscience and the latest advances in trauma therapy tell us about the mental health impact of Covid-19 – and how we might help individuals and communities to heal? Next week, PESI UK will be asking Bessel van der Kolk, Julia Samuel, Daniel Siegel and Janina Fisher as part of a free, three-day summit for Mental Health Awareness Week.

SHADES of Life as Systemic Practice 4/5: Examining Whiteness

  • 30th Apr 2021
  • Sonya Welch-Moring

In 2017, a group of white therapists came together to explore ‘whiteness’. The group soon gained the interest of people from many different backgrounds. In the penultimate part of her series on exploring colour dynamics, Sonya Welch-Moring describes how her pioneering SHADES Circles are taking forward the task of creating space for ‘uncomfortable and difficult conversations’.

Safeguarding Children in Therapeutic Settings: To Act or Not to Act?

  • 26th Apr 2021

When and how should we raise the alarm when we have concerns about a child’s welfare? In her second occasional blog about safeguarding children in therapeutic settings, independent social worker Gretchen Precey discusses ways in which children may disclose, the difference between acting quickly and acting thoughtfully – and the vital importance of a child feeling believed and received.

SHADES of Life as Systemic Practice 3/5: Creating Safe Spaces

  • 23rd Apr 2021
  • Sonya Welch-Moring

What role does acknowledging difference play in the establishment of a safe therapeutic space? In the third part of her series, systemic therapist and Ancestral Constellations practitioner Sonya Welch-Moring addresses therapist discomfort around discussing colour dynamics, and explains how ‘diaspora dollies’ can help start essential conversations.

PESI UK Announces Free Recovery-Themed Mental Health Summit

  • 21st Apr 2021
  • Blog Editor

Top clinicians and thought leaders, including Bessel van der Kolk, Janina Fisher, Dan Siegel, Julia Samuel and David Weaver, are coming together for PESI UK’s three-day Mental Health Awareness Summit this May – and it’s all completely free.

Kitchen Therapy: Working with Addiction

  • 20th Apr 2021
  • Charlotte Hastings

Harlow’s monkeys taught us the impossibility of choosing between food and love. In her third blog about her Kitchen Therapy practice, Charlotte Hastings explains how she seeks to recombine the two by cooking with clients – an approach that originated in her work with addiction, and is rooted in ‘the shared sustenance of connection’.

SHADES of Life as Systemic Practice 2/5: Colour Constellations

  • 16th Apr 2021
  • Sonya Welch-Moring

One of the legacies of slavery and colonialism is a reluctance to openly discuss colour dynamics, leaving damaging inequalities to resonate down the generations. In the second part of her series, systemic therapist and Ancestral Constellations practitioner Sonya Welch-Moring describes her use of ‘diaspora dollies’ to draw out the stories around skin colour that can whisper through family systems.

Just Too Busy For Mindfulness?

  • 13th Apr 2021
  • Margaret Landale

Most therapists appreciate that mindfulness can be a great mental health resource. But how many of us find time to get round to it ourselves? As we mark Stress Awareness Month this April, Margaret Landale, a specialist in stress-related and psychosomatic disorders, shares her own struggle to make just 15 minutes a day for mindfulness – and the benefits when she does.