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
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?
Childhood trauma survivors often live with what I call “unstable minds”. They suffer from anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Some struggle with personality disorders, some find it hard to respond to normal life challenges and crumble under stress easily. I often hear questions about hopes, possibilities and options for the survivors to heal from childhood trauma. … Continue reading Recovering From Childhood Trauma? Track Your Progress.
I don’t like the word narcissist. It’s a blunt and primitive description of a complex cluster of behaviors and feelings. However, rather than complicating this post with a mouthful of more descriptive terminology (such as “people with narcissistic personality traits”) I will rather settle for one word, and stick to it. So here comes a … Continue reading Narcissists In Therapy
Q&A from presentation for BPD Network, Mental Health Professionals, Sydney
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