Photo by Bahaa A. Shawqi on Pexels.com Making friends should be easy. Easy, particularly for those of us, who are naturally outgoing, possess some social skills and enjoy people's company. Whether one had a happy or a disturbing childhood, it usually does not play much role in establishing the initial contact with people. The ease … Continue reading Common Relationship Difficulties Of Childhood Trauma Survivors.
Face-to-face appointments at Therapies Summer hill are available for fully vaccinated clients only. This will remain the case, regardless of the legislation/rules in NSW. Please have your vaccine certificate ready if you are attending your first appointment and comply with COVID safe plan implemented on premises. If you are not vaccinated telehealth appointments are available … Continue reading We Are Open: Access To Therapy during covid pandemic
No one wants to be in lockdown. Often, it is forced upon us all of a sudden, amidst the global pandemic, throwing our lives into chaos and forcing us to stay home, isolate and limit our lives to basic necessities. Many articles been written about the heavy impact lockdowns have on our mental health, and … Continue reading Journey Inwards. Using Lockdown To Your Mental Health Advantage.
Saying “no” can be enourmously difficult and there are even books to teach people the skill. For example the book by Sarah Knight “F**k No! is a bestseller that provides extensive information on the subject and may have helped many people to become confident in saying “no” However, as difficult as it may be, when … Continue reading Taking “No” For An Answer
Who is that part of you that does things against your own intentions? How come you intend to do one thing and later find yourself doing the opposite? Do you often wonder how or why you act a certain way, failing to understand your intentions? These questions may be just common for anyone, as … Continue reading The Enemy Within. Self-maltreatment In Trauma Survivors.
All children are born very needy and dependent. They simply cannot survive without a responsible adult providing the necessary care. Besides basic needs for food, shelter, clothing and safety, there are emotional needs for attention, validation, support and company. Those lucky babies born into families that expect them and are prepared to look after them … Continue reading Emotional Scars: The Legacy Of Adverse Childhood Experiences
Nigtmares are the most unpleasant and often very persistent symptom of post-traumatic stress. Many people suffer from them to such degree where they fear going to sleep and cannot get a good night rest. While nightmares are a real pain, they are not only a nuisance. In my practice of working with trauma survivors long-term, … Continue reading Nightmares And How You Can Use Them To Guide Your Recovery
Trauma survivors often ponder about the question of forgiveness and find it difficult to resolve. Should one forgive their mother for abandoning them? Should one forgive their father for emotional and physical abuse? Is forgiving one’s parents a necessary part of the recovery process? Will “not forgiving” leave a person with a constant sense of … Continue reading Should I Forgive My Parents? Letting Go And Holding On For Childhood Trauma Survivors.
Ever caught yourself in a cycle of self-blame? Ever felt like procrastinating, under-performing, and then pushing yourself even harder, forcing yourself into doing stuff and failing to keep up with your own demands, then hating yourself, spiraling further into feeling not worthy. Failed projects, failed plans to follow the diet or exercise, failed attempts to … Continue reading Making Friends With Your Self-Critic. A Pathway Towards Higher Self-Esteem.
Survivors of adverse childhood experiences way too often struggle with the confusion about those experiences. As a childhood trauma psychotherapist, particularly in the beginning of the treatment, I see many people who wrestle with reality and narratives around the past events of their lives. They struggle to name what happened, how often, who was involved … Continue reading Making Sense Of Childhood Trauma. Is It About Blaming The Parents?