What is Peer Support Really?

Some confusing stuff is happening around peer support. Although not a new development, it seems to have morphed into a different concept without us really noticing that we have been conned, laypersons and well-meaning professionals alike. By now the new meaning of “peer support” is so intrenched in publications and conversations that there is no […]

Trauma and Memory and Consequences for Treatment

In medicine, the word “trauma” is used to indicate a physical injury including an injury to the brain. In mental health, trauma is used to refer to a distressing and disturbing experience. When people talk about childhood trauma, they often refer to the long-lasting psychological injuries related to abuse or to extremely adverse experiences that […]

VALENTINE’S DAY 2021

I love reading the New York Times. They compiled a list of movies for those who love and those who hate Valentine’s day. I know it is not new, but it is refreshing for those who are sick and tired of the same old. Somewhere in the paper I read that a psychologist brought forward […]

Trauma and Substance Use

This article was also published in “We Are Warriors” a free magazine for First Responders At the first session of counselling therapy, the therapist goes through a list of questions and one of them is about the use of alcohol and drugs and another is about past trauma. Clients often report very honestly that they […]