Accepting Your Trauma Brain

I haven’t been writing for quite some time. It’s the perfectionist in me that declines the effort to try. I tell myself that I can’t write effectively if I’m low, preoccupied, stressed. I can’t write with trauma brain. It’s true. I don’t produce my best work when I’m in the midst of a crapstorm. I … Continue reading “Accepting Your Trauma Brain”

Ten Unhelpful Beliefs That Prevent Self-Compassion

How you speak to yourself changes everything. I sometimes imagine a scenario in which all of our private self-talk is hooked up to a loudspeaker for the rest of the world to hear. What would it sound like? For many of us, it might sound something like this: “What and idiot – why did you … Continue reading “Ten Unhelpful Beliefs That Prevent Self-Compassion”

3 Types of Therapist That Abuse Their Clients

Around ten percent of male psychotherapists admit to having sex with at least one patient. Between 22 and 26% of patients report having been sexually involved with a previous therapist to another practitioner (Professional Standards Authority, 2007). All studies that are available to date show very negative consequences for the clients. They exhibit symptoms such as trust issues, isolation, feelings of … Continue reading “3 Types of Therapist That Abuse Their Clients”

10 Warning Signs of Bad Therapy: The Biggest Red Flags

There are some great therapists out there. There are also some bad ones – I’m sorry to say. Anyone who has read any of my recent posts will know that I had the misfortune of meeting a therapist who turned out to be abusive. In my last post, Setting Boundaries, I mentioned the difference between boundary crossings (which … Continue reading “10 Warning Signs of Bad Therapy: The Biggest Red Flags”

Setting Boundaries: How Your Therapist Is Keeping You Safe

Picture this. You’re sat in the waiting room of your therapist’s office. Your appointment was due to start fifteen minutes ago. Just as you’re beginning to bore of the housekeeping magazines on the coffee table, and your anxiety about some upcoming emotional disclosure is reaching an undeniable peak, your therapist calls you in. As you settle nervously into your usual … Continue reading “Setting Boundaries: How Your Therapist Is Keeping You Safe”

A Guide To Finding The Right Therapist

Finding the right psychotherapist can seem like a daunting task. For those of us in the throes of mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, this worry can be exemplified further when we realise the whole host of options that are out there. The accompanying terminology surrounding all of these options can be overwhelming. If you’re anything like me and are put off by situations that … Continue reading “A Guide To Finding The Right Therapist”