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The Best Online Therapy Services Of 2021

Online Therapies : We have seen from other articles that I have posted on this site that those of us who experienced significant childhood trauma are at greatly increased risk of developing mental health problems as adults. Fortunately, in the age of the internet, there now exist opportunities to receive help with any mental health problems from …

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Which Are The Best Types Of CBT For Complex PTSD?

Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is strongly recommended by the American Psychological Association and it includes CBT, cognitive processing therapy, cognitive therapy and prolonged exposure therapy – all of these are therapies that fall under the umbrella of cognitive-behavioral therapies that are used to address PTSD/complex PTSD. But which of the CBT family of treatments works …

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7 Important Ways To Help In The Healing From Childhood Trauma

Find out about ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACES): Taking the ACE test can help us to understand which of our childhood experiences may have caused us the most psychological damage. This is important as gaining insight into the possible causes of our emotional difficulties is a vital first step in our healing journey. Learn about THE …

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When Yoga May Be Especially Good For Reducing Trauma Effects

Severe Physical Symptoms Of Complex PTSD May Prevent Or Impair Talk-Based Psychotherapy : If such physical symptoms of Complex PTSD are severe and remain unaddressed there is potential for them to prevent or impair talk-based psychotherapy. For example, in my own case my physical symptoms were so bad that I frequently either could not attend …

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HELPING TO HEAL CHILDHOOD TRAUMA WITH NEUROFEEDBACK

According to Mobbs, the brain consists of two areas involved in how we experience fear as shown below : It is becoming increasingly recognized that overactivity in the brain’s fear circuitry may be of fundamental relevance to not only complex-PTSD and PTSD, but to many other psychiatric disorders as well and it clearly follows, therefore, …

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A Simple Method To Help Control Emotions: Affect Labeling

Survivors of severe and protracted childhood trauma often find it difficult to control emotions in later life and these feelings can be very painful and overwhelming. Such emotional dysregulation is likely to be particularly prominent if one, as a result of one’s childhood experiences, has gone on to develop devastating conditions such as borderline personality …

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Factors That Protect The Child From Adverse Effects Of Traumatic Stress

A study (Werner Ph.D.) was carried out to investigate factors that protect children from the effects of traumatic stressors. The study comprised 700 children who were split up into two groups: GROUP 1: Children identified as being at low risk of significant psychological problems in later life as a result of traumatic childhood stressors. This …

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The Importance Of A Holistic Approach To Healing Childhood Trauma

Holistic psychology views the individual as a whole, indivisible entity who is more than the sum total of his constituent parts and must therefore be treated in ways that not only address mind and behavior but also other factors such as relationships, social and physical environment, lifestyle, and physical health. Lewis, 2009, in a literature …

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Stop Catastrophizing Mental Pain Hypnosis Script

How we think about mental pain and our attitude to it, greatly impacts the amount of distress it causes us and our ability to tolerate it; this is why cognitive hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis are particularly relevant to its amelioration. STOP CATASTROPHIZING MENTAL PAIN COGNITIVE SELF HYPNOSIS AUDIO SCRIPT: As your new thinking patterns reduce the …

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The Power Of The Mind For Reducing And Eliminating Pain

Could it be possible one day to treat pain by building on what is already known about the placebo effect and its very real impact on the brain? A placebo is a dummy pill (made of an inert and non-psychoactive substance like sugar) given to a patient and the placebo effect is the change in …

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Metacognitive Therapy For Borderline Personality Disorder And Other Conditions

931-word article METACOGNITIVE THERAPY (MCT) Metacognitive therapy (MCT) was developed by Dr. Adrian Wells and Dr. Gerald Matthews in the early 1990s.  It shares elements in common with but is distinct from, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The main difference is that whilst CBT concentrates upon the negative CONTENT of a person’s thoughts and strives to alter that …

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‘Accepting Feelings Of Anxiety Reduces Mental Pain And Suffering

      802-word article What Happens When We Don’t Accept Anxiety But, Instead, Try To Fight And Struggle Against It? Trying to fight anxiety, research suggests (and, certainly, my own experience of anxiety would tend to confirm this) can actually AGGRAVATE the problem and lead to greater feelings of distress. Stating the shatteringly obvious, none of …

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Integrating Parts Of Brain And Body To Resolve Trauma

Siegel (2012), an internationally renowned neuroscientist, in what many regard as a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy, has made use of the most recent neuroscientific technologies and new insights and knowledge relating to interpersonal neurobiology to help individuals suffering from the effects of trauma to develop various healing qualities such as compassion, well-being, resilience and kindness …

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The Science Behind How Exercise Reduces Anxiety

  It is becoming increasingly well known how the body is intrinsically connected to symptoms of PTSD and complex PTSD, and, accordingly, the vital role of physical therapies in helping to ameliorate these conditions. Indeed, in the UK, more and more doctors are prescribing interventions such as free gym memberships in order to help treat …

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Rapper Talks About How Making Music Has Reduced His BPD Symptoms

A rapper from Bristol, Wayne Webster, has recently been reported by the BBC as explaining how music has helped him deal with his BPD and stopped him from harming himself. The rapper stated that by the age of 28 he realized ‘something wasn’t right’ with him and that he was not only hurting himself but …

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Some Effects Of Childhood Trauma May Render Antidepressants Unhelpful

Over the years I have more or less been prescribed every antidepressant known to mankind without the merest hint of benefit although I have not been untouched by their possible adverse side-effects such as vivid nightmares and insomnia (I suffer both of these anyway, but some anti-depressants, I think, have worsened them). However, the beneficial …

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Diet May Help Reverse Brain Damage Caused By Childhood Trauma

We have seen from numerous other articles published on this site that there exists an abundance of evidence that severe, protracted and repetitive childhood trauma can adversely affect the development of the brain both in terms of its architecture and functionality. Specific brain areas that research suggests may be damaged in this way include: the …

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BPD Sufferers And Difficulties Getting Adequate Professional Help

A recent study carried out by Proctor et al., 2020, has produced further evidence that BPD sufferers frequently find it highly problematic gaining access to effective treatment such as dialectical behaviour therapy, or DBT. (In relation to this problem, you may wish to read my previously published articles: How  Malignant Alienation May Impoverish Care BPD …

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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 psychologist has expertise in both normal human behaviour and abnormal human behaviour. In connection with the …

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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, …

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