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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’.

Asking Young People About Self-harm

  • 1st Mar 2021
  • Brad Sachs

Rates of self-harm among children and young people are on the rise. Yet, as Brad E. Sachs has experienced, clients can be less likely to share this aspect of their experience than any other. As we mark Self-Injury Awareness Day, the psychologist, author and family therapist suggests why self-harm is so often the ‘missing piece’ in the therapeutic conversation – and shares a three-stage framework for raising the subject.

Working with Avoidant Attachment: Self-Narrative and Defences

  • 23rd Feb 2021
  • Linda Cundy

How can we support highly defended clients to explore the past and their internal worlds? In her seventh blog about working with avoidant attachment, Attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist Linda Cundy looks at constructing meaningful self-narratives and encountering defences – including the common defence of over-identifying with caregivers

What do Care Experienced Children Need From Me?

  • 19th Feb 2021
  • Sheetal Amin

Today is Care Day, when the world marks the rights of children and young people with care experience. Sheetal Amin, a psychotherapist with a special interest in working with developmental trauma and ‘looked after’ children, explains why responding to their complex needs has to mean adapting the boundaries of the therapeutic frame.

Kitchen Therapy: From Nursing Couple to Kitchen Table

  • 16th Feb 2021
  • Charlotte Hastings

Cooking can offer a deep connection with our early childhood experience. In her second blog about her Kitchen Therapy practice, Charlotte Hastings traces our relationship with food back to the ‘nursing couple’, explaining how our kitchen habits offer insights into our ways of relating, and why cooking is such a powerful opportunity for self-care.

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.

Safeguarding Children in the Therapeutic Process

  • 5th Feb 2021
  • Gretchen Precey

What are some of the specific dilemmas faced by therapists in safeguarding the children and young people with whom they work? As we mark the end of Children’s Mental Health Week 2021, independent social worker Gretchen Precey embarks on an occasional blog addressing some of the common questions and dilemmas that arise in her counsellor trainings and consultation sessions.