People use others as bins into which they evacuate material they wish to get rid of, avoid, deny. Things they don’t want to look at or sort through. Bins to receive rage, shame, discrimination and historical traumas. In fact a myriad of psycho-emotional and experiential garbage they don’t want to look at or process for themselves.
This clinical and intensive workshop entitled ‘Working With Trauma in Clinical Practice’ was conducted for a Private Counselling Agency in Cardiff in November, 2017. Using theory, case study examples and experiential work those in attendance developed a rich understanding about trauma, how it is defined, its experiential layers and how trauma is causally linked with the nature of specific types of events. Dissociated trauma, dissociated ‘memory’ and dissociative mechanisms utilised as a means of survival against overwhelm were addressed alongside how to transform the enduring imprints of trauma at somatic, emotional and cognitive levels. A ‘Trauma Therapists Toolkit’ was shared as well as important education about management, containment and the role of the therapist.
Haunted Hearts, Haunted Minds: Psychological Intrusion and Its Psychotherapeutic Transformation. This is a Conference Abstract Paper for the Spirituality and Wellbeing Conference, Derby, 2019. Arguably, we are all haunted, all invaded by the ghostly imprints of our past. The memories may fleet by in a cobwebbed wisp in rare moments of melancholy and regret. Or, for many, may stab, and seer, and endure, and consume our daily existence. Living in somatised bodies and in difficult lives entrenched with psychological suffering.
In this interesting and thought- provoking presentation, Paula will discuss the process of Spirit Release Therapy, the death-point traumas which can endure after death and the therapeutic protocol she uses to assist the deceased in order to help them to heal. She will also share a range of illuminating and entertaining examples from actual cases which may challenge our everyday notions of death and the nature and endurance of consciousness post the demise of the physical body.
Working With Trauma In Clinical Practice: An Overview. This training workshop was conducted in Cardiff, Wales, in March 2020 for a Private Counselling Agency.
Haunted Hearts, Haunted Minds: Psychological Intrusion and Organisational Structure. This was a presentation given in July 2019 at the University of York, UK, at the Standing Conference of Organisational Symbolism (SCOS).
Research to date pertaining to sexual difficulties within relationships has predominantly focused on the physiology of sexual behaviours at the expense of the emotional and relational aspects. However, analytic theorists and practitioners at The Tavistock Clinic in London are making significant contributions to our psychological understandings.
Compassion in a Time of Coronavirus Crisis: How Therapists Can Help Clients Without Losing Themselves During the Pandemic
As I write this the world is in lockdown, held to existential, psycho-emotional and financial ransom by the Coronavirus Crisis. It would be abnormal for you not to be affected by what is happening, as no matter how aware or robust you are there are a myriad of ways in which you are being impacted. Polarised swings in emotions are common as you lose ground and find it again, you feel the flood of anxiety in your body but then enter a place of calm as your physiological state re-groups and re-calibrates to a secure normality, you catastrophise about possibilities but re-frame and find the mental overwhelm settles.