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Show all posts Stress, Safety and Social Connectedness: Post-Pandemic Polyvagal Insights 19th Jul 2021 Blog Editor Stephen Porges on the intimate connection between our social world and our visceral organs, the impact of stress and trauma on physiological state, and why the pandemic has left even the founder of Polyvagal Theory struggling “to feel comfortable in the presence of others”. 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. Pandemic-Related Trauma: Helping Clients Feel Safe 11th Feb 2021 Dan Roberts How can we support clients who are struggling with trauma, whether new or historic, during the coronavirus crisis? Schema therapist Dan Roberts discusses threat-system activation, nervous-system dysregulation and maladaptive schemas, and shares his favourite technique for helping clients to create a felt sense of safety. Domestic Violence During the Pandemic (5/5): Working Remotely 29th May 2020 Jeannette Roddy How should we approach contracting and safeguarding when working remotely with clients experiencing domestic violence? Dr Jeannette Roddy is a counsellor, author and academic specialising in this area. In the conclusion to her five-part blog series responding to the surge of domestic violence during lockdown, she outlines practical measures to keep client and therapist safe – including what to do when the abuser may be present during a session. Domestic Violence During the Pandemic (4/5): Therapist Personal Characteristics 22nd May 2020 Jeannette Roddy What are the qualities needed to engage effectively with victims of domestic violence? Dr Jeannette Roddy is a counsellor, author and academic specialising in this area. In the fourth of a five-part weekly blog about working with victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 crisis, she also reflects on the role of therapist self-care in guarding against emotional withdrawal from painful material. Domestic Violence During the Pandemic (3/5): Knowledge 15th May 2020 Jeannette Roddy Domestic abuse has surged during the coronavirus lockdown. Dr Jeannette Roddy is a counsellor, author and academic specialising in this area. In the third of a five-part weekly blog about working with victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 crisis, she shares essential models while reflecting on the importance of context. Domestic Violence During the Pandemic (2/5): Therapeutic Skills 8th May 2020 Jeannette Roddy Domestic abuse has surged during the coronavirus lockdown, with calls to one dedicated UK helpline doubling in recent weeks. Dr Jeannette Roddy is a counsellor, author and academic specialising in this area. In the second of a five-part weekly blog about working with victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 crisis, she outlines three key skills therapists need for this deeply relational work. Domestic Violence During the Pandemic (1/5): Psychological Impact 1st May 2020 Jeannette Roddy Domestic abuse has surged during the coronavirus lockdown, with calls to one dedicated UK helpline doubling in recent weeks. Dr Jeannette Roddy is a counsellor, author and academic specialising in this area. In the first of a five-part weekly blog about working with victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 crisis, she provides insight into the psychological control perpetrators exert – and the compassionate counterpoint therapists can offer.