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Supporting Anxious Schoolchildren: Essential Tools

  • 28th Sep 2021
  • Dr Sharie Coombes

What difficulties are schoolchildren currently bringing to therapy, and how might we help? Dr Sharie Coombes, a headteacher turned leading child and family psychotherapist and author, has been observing the mixed impact of the resumption of school routines. Combining psychodynamic exploration with neuroscientific psychoeducation, she shares her work with one anxious and panic-stricken child.

Goal Setting with Young Clients in Uncertain Times

  • 7th Sep 2021
  • Nihara Krause

Establishing goals can be a key part of therapy with young people. But how can we help our adolescent clients to set themselves goals when life feels so uncertain? To mark Youth Mental Health Day, with its theme this year of #StrideForward, consultant clinical psychologist and mental health charity CEO Dr Nihara Krause suggests how we might adapt our approach.

Covid-Era Dating Anxieties

  • 11th Aug 2021
  • Silva Neves

How is the world of dating changing in the wake of the pandemic? In what ways might vaccine status be interacting with relationship values and attachment patterns? Psychosexual and relationship therapist and author Silva Neves surveys the new preoccupations facing single clients, and considers how core dating concerns around safety and autonomy have been further complicated by Covid-19.

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”.

The Impact of Revenge Porn

  • 7th Jul 2021
  • Renée Danziger

The sharing of sexual images without consent is on the rise, including among school-age children. Renée Danziger, psychoanalyst, social scientist and author of Radical Revenge, discusses the life-changing impact of these acts, and the powerful and complex feelings we may encounter when victims of revenge porn come to therapy.

Why Walking Therapy?

  • 12th May 2021
  • Lara Just

At first, the pandemic forced therapy online. Now, it is encouraging us to step outdoors. Ecopsychotherapist Lara Just has been meeting clients on Hampstead Heath and in rural locations for years. As we continue to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, with its 2021 theme of ‘nature’, the founder of The Walking Therapist recalls how a forest path provided just the challenge one client needed.

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.

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.

Supporting Young Schoolchildren: Creative Approaches

  • 3rd Feb 2021
  • Anna Atkinson

How can we help children find safety, feel grounded, and express themselves during the Covid outbreak? As we mark Children’s Mental Health Week, arts counsellor Anna Atkinson shares useful creative approaches from her work in a primary school inclusion team – and reflects on when a simple online game might actually be the best intervention.

Helping Anxious Clients Sleep

  • 22nd Sep 2020
  • Catherine Pittman

What is the role of the amygdala in maintaining wakefulness? How can we help clients to get their cortex off the ‘Worry Channel’ at bedtime? Ahead of a two-part live webcast training (1-2 October), Calming the Anxious Brain, international neuroscience and anxiety specialist Catherine Pittman shares her brain-based approach for working with clients who are struggling to sleep.