As a result of COVID-19 social distancing regulations, Birchtree Centre has moved online all of the training we have booked for the remainder of 2020. One benefit of this new mode of connecting with the therapy community is that our trainings can now be accessed by clinicians and clients outside of Sydney. We have loved
For the past two months at Birchtree we have all been conducting our sessions through telehealth platforms, relying on Zoom to connect with those whom we see. It has been an interesting and challenging period with understandable ups and downs. The journey through trauma is never easy. The COVID-19 pandemic has tested us all, forcing
“Stronger Together” is the motto for the Military Wives Choirs formed throughout the UK to help partners come together to manage their sense of aloneness while their other halves were overseas on tours of duty. The experience of forming the initial choir was beautifully illustrated in the recent movie ‘Military Wives’. Watching this movie, I
Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that we are already coming towards the end of January. For many the last few weeks have been challenging.
The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry recently published a report on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The report is damning in its criticism of the Catholic Church and its systemic cover-up of child abuse. For members and subscribers, here is the link. Non-subscribers can pay a small fee
Dissociation is simply a "disruption of the normal integration of experience" (Chu 1998). It is something that everyone experiences as we organise and compartmentalise our experiences and memories. This can be a normal, healthy and useful process. As therapists, we use a form of dissociation to keep ourselves apart from the effects of other people's
Gabor Maté's 2012 paper in the Journal of Restorative Medicine discusses the degree to which childhood trauma leads to addiction in later life. "Early trauma has consequences for how human beings respond to stress. Trauma in children, such as sexual, physical or emotional abuse or abandonment alter the child’s physical stress mechanisms and, as a
An inspirational poem with an important message
Awareness of the benefits of art therapy was raised recently with an groundbreaking exhibition of works.