Complex PTSD Symptoms

Complex PTSD Symptoms Trauma and complex PTSD can be difficult to diagnose.  The symptoms can develop over many years and during that time it is not uncommon to be given an incorrect diagnosis of depression or anxiety disorder.  This means … Read More

Porn addiction and psychotherapy

Signs of porn addiction: porn is being used to mask painful feelings the use of porn is becoming unmanageable porn is having a negative impact on your life  Symptoms of porn addiction: problems forming lasting social and intimate romantic relationships … Read More

Internal Working Model

What do we mean by an internal working model? In this blog I write about psychoanalysis and psychodynamic counselling and why it is such a useful therapeutic model.  Here I am looking in particular at John Bowlby’s (1907-90) internal working … Read More

Boarding School Syndrome

What is Boarding School Syndrome? Boarding School Syndrome describes disorganised patterns of emotional attachment that are (for some people), a consequence of the disruption of being sent away to boarding school. Left unchecked emotional life will suffer, relationships break down, … Read More

Emotional Dysregulation

Understanding emotional dysregulation It can be extremely difficult to understand issues around emotional instability or ‘affective dysregulation’ and it is often very draining for the individual concerned.  In some cases this can fit with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder … Read More

Psychodynamic Approach

What is the psychodynamic approach? Psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling are modern names for therapy that developed from psychoanalysis and Jungian analysis.  These are therapies with more than 100 years of research and development behind them.  They are often caricatured as … Read More