Some Suggestions If No Therapy Has Worked So Far

No one therapy, of course, works for everyone and there is no one-size-fits-all’ solution to mental distress. Furthermore, some people with psychiatric conditions adamantly do not wish to engage with psychiatric services. Others may be unable to interact with psychiatric services in any meaningful or sustained way. This group includes those persistently high on drugs, …

What Is Psychodynamic Counseling For A Traumatized Childhood?

When trying to understand why a traumatized child is behaving in a particular way – such as being prone to outbursts of rage aggression or being perpetually withdrawn – it is important to remember that all behaviour carries with it meaning and is a form of (often unconscious) communication. When someone experiencing a traumatized childhood …

Childhood Trauma And Somatic Psychology

We know that significant and protracted trauma in childhood can adversely affect the body’s physiology leading to constant feelings of hypervigilance in adulthood due to a dysregulated autonomic nervous system and how therapy involving the body can help reverse such effects. Somatic psychology is a type of therapy that focuses on somatic (i.e. bodily) experiences …

Unable To Live In The Present? Therapy And Dual Awareness Can Help

    Many people who have suffered severe and protracted childhood trauma and, as a result, go on to develop complex posttraumatic stress disorder or related conditions often feel permanently stuck in the past and unable to live in the present. Indeed, the past may seem more real and substantial than the present – in …

Labelling People As Having BPD May Adversely Affect Their Treatment

Aaron Beck (American psychiatrist and professor emeritus, University of Pennsylvania) describes two therapists talking: ‘I’m having trouble with my patient with personality disorder.’ ‘How do you know they have personality disorder?’ ”Because I’m having trouble with them.’ The above tautological, verbal exchange, whilst it may¬† (or may not) be apocryphal, succinctly reflects how many individuals …