Do you have a client who finds it hard to just have fun without making themself pay for it somehow? Do they feel guilty whenever… Read More »Self-Punishing fun and enjoyment after abuse
In this article, I want to show how the lens of unmet needs is a powerful way to look at trauma and psychological injury. As… Read More »The healing power of meeting needs as a mismatch
There are many ways to trigger memory reconsolidation. It can happen conversationally, where the client bumps into a mismatch that causes a prediction error. It… Read More »The importance of autonomic spark in imaginal reenactments
When memory reconsolidation occurs, the change is transformational. The brain needs a mismatch experience that lands. It then needs the mismatch to be repeated. The… Read More »How to know if memory reconsolidation worked
When I was training to be a therapist, my first trainer had a mantra about therapy. It stuck with me. He would say: “Therapy is… Read More »“Therapy is a process, not an event” – is IT true?
Many of our clients have histories that result in a felt loss of the ability to self protect. In this article, I want to look… Read More »How to invite trauma clients into self-protection with just one word
When a client has suffered from their problems for many years, it can sometimes feel a particular challenge to us as therapists. Every day, the… Read More »A new way to think of “deeply entrenched” trauma
In an earlier article, A 4 Step Road Map For Imaginal Re-Enactment Work, I outline an example process for imaginal work. It details one possible… Read More »In Imaginal Scenes, must the client reimagine the original people?
Are you working with someone who holds negative beliefs about themself? They suffer low self-esteem and tell themself “I’m not good enough?” The belief weaves… Read More »How to work with negative beliefs like “I’m not good enough”
Do you have anxious or depressed clients? Do you notice that they have a pattern of repressing their emotions? Do you try to coax them… Read More »Anxiety and depression: How to follow the lead of your client’s nervous system
Once you know about memory reconsolidation, it becomes a great gift. Yet it can also be a curse. You now know that there’s a brain… Read More »Can memory reconsolidation work give you burnout?
Mismatch experiences are the key to transformational change. These are the moments whereby old expectations are disconfirmed. The client has an experience of prediction error.… Read More »3 mismatches for transformational change in therapy
I want to show you a mesmerising film I saw on YouTube (see below). It has nothing to do with therapy. Yet it has everything… Read More »This movie unwittingly shows your client’s struggle
In this article, I will outline a case study showing the memory reconsolidation process in action. You will see that it created permanent change without… Read More »Case study: Darren keeps breaking down in tears
A common question that arises with trauma work relates to the timeframe of the work itself. Neuroscience lays out what the brain needs to trigger… Read More »Is there a time frame for successful trauma work?
Why do certain techniques and approaches work with trauma? How do they produce an outcome that is so transformational and quick that they seem miraculous?… Read More »The Rewind Technique and why it works – step by step
Are you racked with self doubt? Do you tell yourself that you’re a terrible therapist? Do you feel anxious and not good enough? Do you… Read More »Do you suffer from therapist imposter syndrome?
Memory reconsolidation is an exciting discovery given that it allows for the erasure of trauma responses. But are you put off by the fact that… Read More »Does memory reconsolidation restrict how you do therapy?
One of the ways I help trigger memory reconsolidation with clients is through imaginal reenactment. This involves reimagining a painful scene so that it goes… Read More »What if imagining new scenes results in grief or anger
The session ends, the client leaves and you feel sick to your stomach. You messed up. Your goal was to help but now look. You… Read More »How to handle making a blunder with your client
You’re seeing a client and you can’t figure out what disorder they have. You can see that they are struggling in areas of life. You… Read More »How do I figure out my client’s disorder, and do I really need to?
Do you ever have a client who gets it logically, but they don’t believe it? They cognitively understand the change needed, but things don’t change… Read More »When Clients Know It Logically, But They Don’t Believe It
Polyvagal theory, developed by Stephen Porges, is an explanation of what happens with the nervous system when faced with safety or threat. He describes how… Read More »How to use polyvagal theory in the therapy room
What can we do when our clients self-sabotage? We see them making progress towards their goals and then it’s like they hit a self destruct… Read More »Why does your client self-sabotage their success?
What if you felt confident and at ease no matter what your client brought to you? What if you knew exactly what you need to… Read More »A 4 Step road map for imaginal re-enactment work
What if you have a client whose main difficulty comes from the very relationships they crave? Their life may seem pretty together, but relationships are… Read More »How to help your client finally have a fulfilling relationship
You’ve completed your studies. You’re working with clients. And you’re burning out. Not only is the workload heavy. But worse, you feel like you know… Read More »Feel like you still know nothing but have no time to learn more? try this
Memory reconsolidation is the only known brain mechanism that results in transformational change. Transformational change is the kind that is permanent and effortless to maintain.… Read More »What are the 3 steps to memory reconsolidation?
Are you a therapist who has a real desire to do trauma work, especially complex trauma? Are you feeling confused about which modality works best… Read More »Overwhelmed by which therapy to use for trauma?
In this article, I will show you why feelings are so important to transformational change. I will show you how to identify the responses to… Read More »What feelings need to change to overwrite trauma?
You have done great work with your trauma clients. Their lives improved and they no longer need your help. For each client that moved on,… Read More »Is covid bringing back your ‘healed’ trauma clients?
One of the more common presentations in therapy is a client suffering from anxiety. You will see anxiety so often as a therapist. Sometimes it… Read More »What is the best therapy approach for anxiety?
Your client wants to find more meaning in life. They have a yearning for a life of greater purpose. Yet they struggle to identify what… Read More »10 ways to help clients find meaning in life
Do you find yourself struggling whenever a client says they have had a good week? Do you panic a little and think “so what will… Read More »What to do when your client has had a good week?
Do you ever feel stuck with a client? Are you working hard on what the client wants to change but find that the suffering continues… Read More »How To Find Your Client’s True Target Of Change
Your client has low motivation. It’s difficult because they don’t feel like doing anything. Any attempts to improve life go nowhere because they don’t feel… Read More »Does your client want to be more motivated?
What happens when you’re giving therapy, and the person opposite has the exact same problem that you do? They mention thoughts and feelings that you… Read More »What if your client has the problem you have?