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Getting to know Jocelyne Kenny

What do you like most about working with couples and families?

For me, it makes so much sense to work with a ‘system’ – be it a couple, family or other group of people. As human beings, we are surrounded by many many systems. You might have a partner, your own family, children, parents, grandparents etc. Your children have their school system, your parents might have residential care home systems…the list goes on and on! If we stop and think about how connected we are, and how much these connections can...

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Compassion-focused therapy – Self Reflection

Sharon recently attended a self-practice self-reflection workshop presented by Tobyn Bell. Compassion-focused therapy and techniques can be particularly helpful for people who experience high levels of self criticism and shame and who struggle to connect with feelings of inner warmth and safety.

Sharon found the workshop offered an excellent opportunity to practice compassion-focused therapy techniques on herself and to reflect on the experience both personally and with colleagues. Self-practice and reflection can be a meaningful...

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Attachment Therapy letter from a Foster Mum

Dear Andrea, Just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you've done for D, but particularly for me over the past year and more. I've learned so very much from your knowledge, emotional and intellectual intelligence, and skilful deftness. You were a true anchor to us, through every twist and turn, up and down and were instrumental in making our time as Mother and Son a joyous success. I shall be forever grateful to the Local Authority that you were given to us. There is no way I could've provided a truly therapeutic home...

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Course completed in Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Andrea has just completed a four day course in Copenhagen in this approach, which she found to be inspiring and compassionate training. There was a real emphasis on the difficulty that many people who have suffered enduring or complex trauma have in connecting with their body. As with most trauma symptoms, this is done in an attempt to cope with and survive very difficult experiences but can leave the person feeling disconnected once the trauma has passed. This very gentle and highly respectful yoga approach can help the individual...

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Andrea has just received Practitioner Certification in Theraplay at Intermediate Level. Theraplay is a very powerful approach to working with complex trauma and attachment difficulties. It is always amazing to see how such a gentle and playful approach can bring about big changes for a child and within the parent-child relationship. We use Theraplay a lot when working with children with complex trauma difficulties. Sometimes we use Theraplay as a standalone approach when a child is struggling to regulate themselves or connect to their...

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Specialist Spotlight – Dr Andrea Shortland

Get to know Dr. Andrea Shortland

We asked Andrea to take a few moments out of her hectic schedule to answer a few questions about what inspired her to specialise in trauma therapy and assessment. Andrea Shortland How did you decide to specialise in supporting people who have had a traumatic experience? I grew up in an area where there was a lot of family and community trauma...

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Trauma Focus – words of wisdom from a young woman

Jasmine, a young woman, shares her words of wisdom having completed trauma focused work.

Jasmine (this is not her real name) and I met with a client for a follow up session – we completed trauma focused work including EMDR last year following the traumatic death of her mother. She is an amazing young woman who has gone on to achieve remarkable things despite her experiences. I asked her what was important or helpful about our work and she identified these points:
  1. The therapy was very relaxed and not formal and scary. We laughed as well as talking about the hard stuff.
  2. Therapy helped her to understand and...

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Making Connections Conference – From Mistrust to Trust

I attended a one-day conference with Dan Hughes and Jon Baylin on 17th October 2016 and picked up a copy of their new book "The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy". attachment-focus-therapy-book Dan Hughes started by making the really important point that social learning based strategies for behaviour management and change (that includes...

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