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Understanding Counselling for PTSD Using Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST)

June 8th, 2024
In: Anxiety

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that affects many individuals who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events. While there are various therapeutic approaches to treat PTSD, Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) offers a comprehensive method that integrates principles from multiple therapeutic models. Understanding how TIST works and its benefits can provide valuable insights for those seeking effective counselling for PTSD. What is PTSD?

The Key to Overcoming Life's Challenges

May 15th, 2024
In: Trauma

Difficult conditions! We all have seen in our life. You should know that for the problems and hardships that exist in all our lives, it is us who determine their good or bad fate. In fact, this power originates from within us and is defined by one of the important psychological characteristics called "resilience".   Understanding Resilience:   The skill of resilience and tolerance of hardship simply means how much we can repair ourselves after difficult situations and come back at least as strong as before.

Feeling Stuck or Not "In Love" in Your Romantic Relationship? Or, Having Frequent Arguments?

May 15th, 2024

Are you feeling stifled in your relationship? Not sure if you are in love anymore? Having an increased frequency of arguments? You might be in the stage of your relationship where you're negotiating your needs with your partner's needs.  Couples Experts Ellyn Bader and her partner Peter saw over 50, 000 couples in the United States and created the Developmental Model of Couple Relationships: A Positive Outlook on How Relationships Develop.

Navigating ADHD with Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy: A Holistic Approach to Healing

May 12th, 2024

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by challenges in attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. While traditional treatments such as medication and behavioral therapy are commonly employed, an emerging approach gaining recognition for its effectiveness in addressing ADHD is Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy.

Why Early Life Relationships Influence Adulthood Attachment

It might seem like a stretch to think that experiences with your caregiver that happened as early as day one...or even hour one...of life, would influence how you might experience relationships as an adult. Those non-verbal cues like eye contact, your caregiver's tone, their presence (consistent or otherwise), whether they held you, hugged you, and so many other interactions all affected future relationship. That's not intended to sound ominous but more, to help you possibly understand how some of the strengths or maybe vulnerabilities within your relationships now, might be influenced.

Are 'parts' real? A comment on 'parts work' and our imagination.

It is common and understandable to have reactions to "parts work".  It is becoming a common way of working with trauma and family dysfunction that has been made popular by Internal Family Systems (IFS). I use it a lot in my work with people.  Common reactions are - I don't have parts, I am just me, or that parts are not real; we imagine them.  There may be other reactions. One that comes up for me (even though I work in this way) is that I don't like to go along with the latest fad and that nothing is new. 

Unraveling the Mind's Maze: The Transformative Power of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

April 29th, 2024

The human mind has evolved to solve complex problems and navigate the environment with unmatched dexterity. This potent tool has empowered humans to innovate, build civilizations, and achieve feats that are unparalleled in the animal kingdom. However, this same capacity for thought and reflection can become a source of distress. The mind's ability to ponder the past and imagine the future can lead to anxiety, regret, and countless forms of mental suffering.

GRIT: Tools to Be Mentally Strong

April 9th, 2024
In: Anxiety

Do you find yourself easily thrown off? If something goes wrong at work are you ruminating for days or weeks? If you don't get a text returned do you feel so hurt that you can't study, go to the gym or even get out of bed? Making space for feelings is important, yes. In recent years, however,  I see an increased number of people who are suffering from an inability to gather themselves, to muster, to gain perspective, and to carry on. If this resonates with you keep reading. How do we get grit?

Have you been told it is important to express your needs? Find out why this is bad advice.

I am going to say something somewhat controversial. We have very few needs in our relationships.  I might go as far as saying that we don’t need anything from our partner.   We need air to breathe and food to eat. This is the level of need. It is associated with our survival. Language is powerful. This is why when we use the word need to express what we want in relationships it has the energy of ‘must-have urgency’ behind it.  It is a demand. 

ADHD Support: Strategies to Manage Symptoms and Thrive

April 4th, 2024

Living with ADHD is a unique journey that presents its own set of challenges and opportunities for growth. This condition goes beyond occasional distractions or forgetfulness; it profoundly influences one’s ability to manage daily tasks, maintain relationships, and achieve personal goals. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) intricately weaves through the fabric of an individual’s life, affecting their emotional, academic, and professional landscapes.  

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