Very pleased to have been invited to co-present with Jennifer Wynne a the CAST Grounding Trauma Conference 2018. Neither trauma nor difficult experiences that called names like “psychosis” are as mysterious or hard to understand as many experts would have … Continue reading
This one of my favourite articles, one of those I try to make a point of reading again every now and then. Margaret Wheatley on listening- such a simple act, an act of generosity. Listening is healing for both the … Continue reading
Op-Ed piece in New York Times by Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist Richard A. Friedman on the limitations of his own profession’s claims to being the world’s foremost authority and body of knowledge but yet limits its own understanding of the struggles … Continue reading
What in the west we call “medicine” is not the only medicine: there are many ways of practising medicine, some of which are more common and have been around for far longer than western “civilisation”. Indeed if you take a … Continue reading
The core experience of trauma is feeling disconnected and disempowered.
Ironic then, that so often our approach to mental health and the systems we build leave people feeling disconnected and disempowered. Continue reading
“may well be the effects of particularly powerful psychological trauma” These are the words of Eugene Bleuler when he first coined the term “schizophrenia” as a way of naming and understanding what he had been observing in patients in his … Continue reading
Bessel van der Kolk at bigthink.org offers a potted history of psychiatry and society’s difficult relationship with trauma. Psychiatry started as study of what were then deemed bizarre behaviours, but discovered they were understandable when considered in context with extraordinary … Continue reading
Listening is such a simple act.
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When we stop telling others what they need we might just create the space they need to speak for themselves.
We don’t need to be smart, clever or all knowing: we just need be willing to listen. Continue reading
Just because a person hears voices does not necessarily mean they are ill. Many people hear voices – research shows about ten percent of us between hear voices on a regular basis and even as many as 70% will do … Continue reading