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Examining our life and developing our sense of self with compassion and love takes time and effort.

Dear Brave Friends, I am sending you this nice warming image in this ‘cold winter’ morning. I am originally from Hungary so I still feel spoiled by our beautiful winter here in Sydney 🙂 The quote on the picture is from a book I read recently: The Examined Life, by Stephen Grosz. Such a beautiful … read more

Kristin Neff Advanced Self-Compassion Workshop, what I have learnt.

Some of you know that in May I was lucky enough to be part of Kristin Neff’s advanced self-compassion workshop that was held in Texas. The event itself was very exciting and inspiring as 200+ Daring Way™ Facilitators all over the world gathered to learn from Brené Brown, Kristin Neff and from each other. If … read more

Polyvagal Theory? What does that mean?

I work using integrative methods of trauma treatment to help my clients. In our conversations and during treatment the Polyvagal theory comes up. I collected a few easy to digest information to help understand how this theory changed treatment and how can you help yourself using simple methods.   Great informational website by one of … read more

My mum has depression- book by Nina Mitchell

A very brave mum wrote me an email. She wrote a book, based on her own experience to help kids understand depression. My name is Nina Mitchell. I am the mother of three boys, a qualified primary school teacher and now a first-time author. I have also suffered from depression for several years. While being … read more

The Brave Men of Ballarat

Following the royal commission investigation and George Pell’s testimony, I feel furious. Shame and all effects of trauma grows exponentially if it is surrounded by, secrecy , silence and judgment. The royal commission is providing an opportunity to shine some empathy and compassion towards the survivors, and by doing so, reduce their suffering. It seems … read more

Great report by ABC on EMDR

EMDR is a trauma treatment. It stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. Quite different from the talk therapies. This short report can explain and demonstrate for you how it works. I successfully used EMDR and other brain-based treatment like Brainspotting in the treatment of trauma. If you have been suffering and have not tried these … read more

by Michele Rosenthal: PTSD Holiday Stress Roundup | Professional Perspective | Heal My PTSD

Over 21 practical, hands-on suggestions offered by both professionals and survivors for how to cope with PTSD stress during the holidays. Source: PTSD Holiday Stress Roundup | Professional Perspective | Heal My PTSD

The Importance of Psychotherapy 1.

Psychotherapy is often misunderstood or even disregarded. This series is planned to give you information about what it is and how it can help you. First have a look at this beautiful TED talk. Reconsidering psychotherapy: Dr. Leslie Carr at TEDxFiDiWomen

The Mindfulness Summit: A FREE online event with 31 of the world’s leading teachers

  If you were to describe your life at the moment, how many of us would use the word ‘busy.’ How many of you have never ending ‘to;do’ lists? If someone asks you how you are – How many of you would reply ‘Good….but*busy.’ Why are we so obsessed with packing our schedules, thinking a … read more

Guide to a first date for teens, my expert advice for Dolly :)

First dates can be nerve-wrecking, check out this cute little article for advice: Guide to my first date  

Great tips for dealing with anxiety

Recently Australia Counselling collected 15 experts’ advise for dealing with anxiety. Here is the link to the article to check it out:: https://www.australiacounselling.com.au/mental-health-articles/stress-anxiety-tips-expert-therapists/ Here you can see parts of my contribution to the article. One of the easiest and most useful exercise I found is the following breathing exercise: breathe in through your nose for … read more

From Barbara Schmidt: How the self soothing Parasympathetic Nerve develops and how patterns of worrying and over-thinking can be set up in childhood (Trauma education III):

The next addition to my dear colleague and friend Barbara Schmidt’s trauma series: We have a nerve that helps us to calm down and to self regulate –this great “ relaxer nerve” (parasympathetic nerve) develops in babies only via its care takers: Skin contact helps it to come online and loving, tender touchhelps it to … read more

Now you can try the Foundation of Well-Being program for FREE!

Hello, I talked about the —The Foundations of Well-Being. program before. And now you can try it for free! This guided, step-by-step program is taught by Rick Hanson, Ph. D. and uses science-based methods to hardwire lasting happiness into your brain and your life. In just an hour a week, you will be turning everyday experiences … read more

From Barbara Schmidt: Reptilian, mammal and rational brain “speak” different languages: Trauma Education II

This is the second part of trauma education by my friend and colleague and fellow Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner: Barbara Schmidt check out her website:  www.counsellingsomatic.com.au. When someone is stressed out & irrational it makes sense to explore negative thinking and to help that person to return to rational thinking (CBT). In Trauma however the frontal … read more

By Barbara Schmidt “Freeze state, that follows fight flight survival mechanism- Trauma education I.”

  This is a great article by a good friend and colleague: Barbara  Schmidt www.counsellingsomatic.com.au Most people have heard about fight and flight: It’s a survival mechanism that kicks into place when we are in danger and chatting and smiling don’t work anymore. The new situation requires us to do something different: We now need to … read more

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