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Understanding Trauma

Trauma, or the body’s loss of its natural ability to cope, is something that is being experienced by people ever more increasingly these days.  Traumatic responses manifest in our bodies when we experience a situation that overwhelms us in such a way that our normal habitual resilience and capacity to cope seem to suddenly desert …

Couples: Love as Acknowledging and Valuing the Difference

Some of the needs couples come to seek help for, can be expressed like this: help us to communicate better with each other; I want the other to respect me more; I feel the other is not considerate of my needs and wishes; (or: my needs are overlooked in this relationship) we need to make …

Clinical Supervision for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Clinical Supervision for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Clinical supervision is a requirement for all accredited therapists as well as those working towards accreditation and students who are working with clients as part of their training in counselling, psychotherapy and other therapy training models. There are various requirements for different accrediting bodies (IACP and IAHIP for example). …

Who am I?

Mother, Father, sister, brother, the responsible one, the fixer, the rescuer, the comedian, the negotiator, the caretaker, the addict, the child. Who are you? We all have a place in our family of origin but that may not necessarily be who we are, to our family & friends or even work colleagues. We are very …

Do Men and Women Grieve Differently? How Gender Impacts Loss

Grief Grief is a natural response that arises from losses that we encounter in life.  Many people think of grief as something that is linked to death.  Although death is the ultimate loss, we do encounter other losses that trigger grief such as loss of a job, a relationship, moving house/moving to a new area, …

Silence in Relationships

  Sometimes I get asked how to spot trouble in a relationship. It may be surprising, but it is usually not when they argue or fight, but when they do not talk at all. Meaningful interactions are the lifeblood of any relationship, and these also include intense emotional exchanges of whatever colour. A relationship can …

Schizophrenia and Psychotherapy

Schizophrenia About 2% of the population will suffer from schizophrenia in their lifetime. This rate is roughly similar across cultures and continents. Schizophrenia, a form of psychosis, is a severe mental health condition, which in previous centuries usually meant a complete withdrawal from social life and life-long commitment to a mental institution. However, there have …