Anxiety & stress Articles

What is EMDR Therapy? And Could It Help You?

EDMR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. An extensively researched and evidence-based psychotherapy (proven effective),  it was originally designed to help people who had experienced trauma. What is EMDR? EMDR changes the way that traumatic memories are held within the brain. The goal is to lower the distress such memories cause, leaving you more able...

What Does Feeling Vulnerable Mean? (Perhaps Not What You Think)

Have you always secretly maintained that being emotionally vulnerable is a terrible idea?  For those of us who experienced childhood trauma (and sadly, that’s many of us) avoiding emotional vulnerability might have been a useful survival tactic. We just couldn’t bear to feel any more emotional pain, so we learned to dodge it. But are...

What is Transgenerational Trauma?

Transgenerational trauma refers to trauma that passes through generations. The idea is that not only can someone experience trauma, they can then pass the symptoms and behaviours of trauma survival on to their children, who then might further pass these along the family line.  Transgenerational trauma is also called ‘intergenerational trauma’. What types of trauma...

Acute Stress Disorder vs PTSD vs Emotional Shock – Which One Do You Have?

Have you experienced something overwhelming and frightening? It’s likely you will experience some form of psychological shock afterwards. But when is shock normal and to be left to resolve itself, and when is emotional shock a real problem? And what is the difference between acute stress disorder vs PTSD? For a clear explanation on what exactly...

What is Psychological Trauma?

In everyday language, we can call many things ‘traumatic’. A breakup, our boss being in a bad mood, or having to give a presentation. But what is psychological trauma? The main elements of psychological trauma Trauma is a very large field of interest and research in psychology. And not everyone agrees on what should and shouldn’t count...