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 […]

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 […]

You are not alone, so be brave!

What is most personal is most general – Another learning Following is another quote from Carl Rogers. It is an important one as it on the one hand invites people to be more personal and on the other hand demonstrates that many other people can understand us as we seem to speak (often) the same […]

This remembrance Day…

Interpersonal Trauma – Collective Trauma Today is remembrance day, November 11, 2020. I have mentioned Jon Allen, PhD. before. Allen has written about trauma. Allen’s YouTube clips with interviews and his writings are often mentioned in the training I provide to mental health professionals. As I am providing this type of training again this week, […]