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Monday, 19 March 2018

Therapists: can your empathy get you down?

'Compassion fatigue is caused by empathy. It is the natural consequence of stress resulting from caring for and helping traumatized or suffering people'
Dennis Portnoy [1]
You might also find compassion fatigue referred to as 'Caregiver Fatigue', 'Vicarious Stress' and 'Secondary Traumatic Stress', and it most often appears in those who help others, provide them with support and/or listen to their upsetting or traumatic stories.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Releasing negative anchors

An anchor in general terms is something which holds a ship in place by connecting it to the bottom of the sea. When we talk about anchors in therapy, we mean a response which holds the client in a particular emotional state by connecting them to a specific thought or experience.

Monday, 22 January 2018

The Chimp Paradox

These notes are based on ideas developed by Prof Steven Peters in a book entitled 'The Chimp Paradox', in which he presents an incredibly powerful mind management model based on the neuro-science of the brain The model simplifies the science into a practical way to help you understand how the mind works and give you the ability to manage it. Using the model with your clients can help them lead a better quality of life, where they feel more successful, more confident, happier and healthier.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Why a therapist is not just for Christmas!

As those who know me best will confirm, I've been 'involved' with dogs since my mid teens. Over the years I've competed, judged, taught and lived with quite a few.

A well known dog charity has a slogan about a dog being for life and not just for Christmas. So could the same be said about therapists?