Category Archives: Recovery

Dangerous And Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD)

In 1999 the U.K. government introduced a new concept in relation to personality disorders (which, as we know, are much more likely to occur in individuals who have suffered extreme and repetitive interpersonal childhood trauma) called DANGEROUS AND SEVERE PERSONALITY Read the rest

The Difference Between Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy And Psychoanalysis

 

It is not uncommon for people to be unclear about the difference between psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. So how do these four terms differ? To answer this question, let’s look at each in turn:

 1. A clinical psychologistRead the rest

Reasons Why, Sometimes, No Therapy Works.

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 Read the rest

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 Read the rest

Study Suggests Writing About Our Traumatic Experiences Can Be Beneficial To Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

We know that childhood trauma is strongly associated with poor mental and physical health in later life (e.g. see the ACE study) due to the hazardous, longterm effects of prolonged and repetitive toxic Read the rest

Family Secrets And The Damage They Do

It is frequently said that we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors and this, of course, is very true. A family can appear happy and stable in terms of how they present themselves to others outside the family, Read the rest

Labelling And Understanding Our Emotions May Reduce Inflammation And Improve Health

 

 

 

 

If, as children, we grew up in an environment in which we were subjected to severe stress over protracted periods of time the way in which our internal physiological systems would normally operate may be seriously Read the rest

Therapy For Dissociative Disorder

 

 

Hunter et al. (Institute of Psychiatry, London) has developed a form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for the condition that treats it in a similar way to how anxiety disorders would be treated.

The therapy developed by Hunter Read the rest

Therapy: The Importance Of Rapport Between The Therapist And Client

 

Many of us who have suffered significant trauma during our childhoods turn to psychotherapy as adults in an attempt to resolve our trauma-related psychological problems. Whilst there are many different kinds of therapy available for this purpose, such as Read the rest

Vital Importance Of Parental Response To Child’s Traumatic Experience.

Above: It is vital parents validate their children’s feelings in relation to traumatic experiences. (Image licensed by Shuttlestock).

When the child experiences trauma, the response of the parent or primary caregiver is, of course, of vital importance to how the Read the rest

Why Childhood Trauma Sufferers Can’t ‘Just Get Over It.’

If we have been unfortunate enough to have suffered severe and protracted childhood trauma and have, as a result, developed emotional and behavioural problems (which, in some cases may have led to diagnoses of borderline personality disorder or complex posttraumatic Read the rest

Useful Links For Recovery From Childhood Trauma

 

Below is a list of useful links to help recovery from childhood trauma:

Behavioral Tech : A Linehan Institute Training Company.

Here you can learn about scientifically validated treatments for complex and severe mental illness.

NCTSN The National Child Read the rest

Symptoms Of Trauma And Their Link To ‘Energy Trapped In The Body.’

According to Dr Peter Levine, symptoms of trauma may be explained by ‘energy trapped in the body,’ and, as a direct result of his theory, he has developed a therapy known as SOMATIC EXPERIENCING THERAPY.

WHAT IS MEANT BY ‘ENERGY Read the rest

Posttraumatic Growth : Trauma, The Brain, Dissociation And Creativity

 

How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger?’ – Virginia Wolfe.

 

I have written elsewhere on this site in several previously published posts how, ultimately, even extremely serious and Read the rest

Reframing The Past : How To Reframe Traumatic Memories

THE INDOCTRINATION OF NEGATIVE CORE BELIEFS :

Many of us who have experienced significant and protracted childhood trauma have, as adults, suffered from the inadvertent internalization of our parents’ (or caretakers’) attitude and feelings towards us as we were growing Read the rest