Category: Attachment

Difficulties in Mother-Daughter Relationships

What are some typical reasons mother and daughter don’t get along? Why can this relationship prove particularly difficult for some? Typical reasons mother and daughter don’t get along: Letting go of the parent-child role (Separation): Tensions can arise when the daughter becomes an adult. From the mother’s perspective, the transition may be difficult because it …

Unhealthy Relationships: Types and Symptoms

  A relationship is where two or more people or groups are connected and behave towards each other. Human beings are complex. Therefore, relationships are complex. When we are in healthy relationship with another or a group, there is a feeling of reciprocity and both parties get their needs met. Relationships can be a source …

What is Family Dysfunction and How Can Change Occur

Families essentially operate as systems or organisms. A system is a collection of items which are interdependent and organised for a common purpose. For example, in car production, the product moves from station to station along an assembly line, with different workers performing various production tasks along the way. If a particular station is defective …

Miscarriage. A silent loss.

Early miscarriage is the most common obstetric complication. One in four women are said to experience miscarriage at some point of their reproductive lives. In recent years, research has highlighted that following a miscarriage many couples go through painful loss and a particularly complex grieving process. Grief is a natural and healthy reaction to loss. …

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 …

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Anxieties can cause incredible suffering, especially in combination with panic attacks. Much of this suffering goes silent and remains invisible to one’s social environment. Anxieties and panic attacks can lead to the inability to leave the house and interfere with almost every sphere of life, professional, social, and one’s relationships. When anxiety reaches into all …

Separation Anxiety

Research on Separation Anxiety Empirical research shows that there is a strong causal relationship between an individual’s experience with his parents and how he attaches to and separates from others.  A child’s relationship with his parents or primary caregivers also affects his later capacity to make affectional bonds. John Bowlby’s ‘Attachment Theory’, emphasizes that the …

Drawing Lines In the Sand… in The Irish Times

Sand Therapy Sand therapy has been found to be particularly effective for clients who don’t know their personal blocks or traumas. There has been a subtle yet significant shift in psychotherapeutic approaches in the past number of years. And while talk therapies and approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) still hold sway, some psychotherapists …

What is Parenting through Sand?

Parenting through Sand Parenting through Sand is a unique and innovative Programme designed to support parents to deepen their emotional connection with their child. It uses the natural medium of Sand to help release the innate skills which are held within the parent(s) but, because of difficulties in this relationship, these skills can feel lost. …

Healing Commences with Sandplay

The Practice of Sandplay Sandplay is a technique used in conjunction to talk therapy with a client (children and adults) and psychotherapist while in a therapeutic relationship. In Sandplay therapy the therapist has two trays – one dry and one wet/damp.  The client can choose to use either one or both.  Separate to the tray …