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The Psychology of Eating Disorders

Most of us at some time or another have been on a diet, or had concerns about our body image. In this western society, where a great deal of emphasis is placed on appearance, this is far more common than not. Dieting can become problematic, however, if it is taken too far. If you find yourself stuck in a cycle of dieting, and or out of control eating and a persistent feeling of dissatisfaction with your body, then you might have an eating disorder.

EMDR – a Patient’s guide

What is EMDR? In 1987, psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro made the chance observation that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, under certains conditions. Dr Shapiro studied this effect scientifically, and in 1989 reported success using Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat victims of trauma (Journal of Traumatic Stress). These

An introduction to Art Therapy

One of the many pathways to wellness offered at Birchtree is Art Therapy, but for people who haven't seen art therapy in action, the concepts can be confusing. Below is a Ted Talk by US Art Therapist, Cathy Malchiodi, who has been leading the way in her research onĀ  art therapy/trauma and neurobiology. This a