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‘Coming out’: Working with Shame and LGBTQ+ identities

  A tweet from Australian writer and activist, Alexander Leon, gained a lot of traction earlier this year: ‘Queer people don’t grow up as ourselves, we grow up playing a version of ourselves that sacrifices authenticity to minimise humiliation & prejudice. The massive task of our adult lives is to unpick which parts of ourselves …

Working with long-term health conditions and ‘invisible’ illnesses

  Living with a long-term health condition presents more challenges than the obvious physical ailments. The mental adjustments to a life-changing diagnosis are huge and are sometimes overlooked. The stark reality is that life will never be the same again and the path towards accepting this comes with many hurdles and obstacles. My experience with …

Trauma..the Big T and the small t

Trauma: Don’t forget the ‘small t’ When we think of trauma, we instantly tend to go towards the ‘Big T’ events like an accident, the sudden loss of a loved one, a violent event, an attack or single event of abuse. These events are certainly traumatic, with sometimes life-changing impacts and they necessitate space and …

Biodynamic Integrative Psychotherapy: A Journey towards ‘Aliveness’

There are over 150 types of psychotherapy – each with their own focus and techniques. Biodynamic Integrative Psychotherapy is a humanistic, body-oriented approach to psychotherapy. Humanistic psychotherapy works with individuals as they are and as they present. With a self-empowering focus, it recognizes the innate wisdom and ability inside everybody to develop their own potential …

Minding your Mental Health in Challenging Times

Uncertainty is a part of human existence, one which we all must grapple with daily. At times of heightened uncertainty, such as the current Covid-19 virus situation, our mental health can suffer. However, we can all put some simple strategies into action which can help us mind our mental health. These may not be groundbreaking …

Trauma…only warzones and PDST or mostly everybody?

There seems to be a trend of trying to bring the feared “trauma” word into our kitchen tables. Are we exaggerating? Or have we all experienced some trauma in our life and call it otherwise? Let’s see. In the therapeutic field one way of defining trauma is “the impact of an event that at the …