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Clinician training and workshops – now delivered online

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

The importance of a secure attachment

Diana Divecha, Ph.D has an excellent blog called Developmental Science. I was particularly interested in an article from April where she talks about the importance of secure attachment in developing children, but also dispels a couple of myths that have come to us by way of the Attachment Parenting movement. Dr Divecha quotes research from

Child Abuse Report

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

Building awareness of dissociation

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