Conversing with parts of a whole: what is Internal Family Systems therapy?
Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is a unique and highly effective therapeutic tool. It can be utilised to process trauma, to improve our self-esteem, and to understand how we function in relationships by better understanding how we relate to ourselves - but how does it work?read more
What is somatic therapy and why is it perfect for trauma recovery?
The body remembers trauma just as much as the mind does, so how might body orientated therapy address what is at the core of unprocessed trauma? In this blog we explore somatic experiencing therapy and why both practitioners and service users can benefit from it.read more
Could physical trauma be a predictor of depression and PTSD?
Early intervention and prevention is becoming a more vital part of mental health treatment than ever before. In a recent study from the University of Philadelphia researchers have isolated two effective screening tools to identify those who might be at risk of developing post-injury PTSD and depression.read more
Survivors Trust launch #CheckWithMeFirst campaign for professionals engaging with survivors
Charity for survivors of sexual violence and abuse, Survivors Trust have launched the campaign, #CheckWithMeFirst, to raise awareness around the experiences of survivors in healthcare settings as well as to give healthcare professionals the opportunity to make their practice more trauma informed.read more
What’s in a breath? The simple science of breathing and mental wellness
Breathing is often a bodily function that is taken for granted. At the same time, breath work and breathing techniques are often presented in a vague, abstract way that feels inaccessible when we are distressed. Here we aim to demystify and break down some simple techniques.read more
PTSD and the healing power of art
As we destigmatise the experiences of those who live with PTSD, it is important that we listen and learn from those who are brave enough to share their own unique journey of healing. In this article we explore the stories of two of these people, who found healing in art.read more
What does PTSD and anxiety look like in the brain?
The root of PTSD and anxious, avoidant or hyperresponsive symptoms in those exposed to acute stress and trauma has long been discussed. Now, research from UC Berkley and UC San Francisco has found the possible neurological causes of those very symptoms, and what might make one person more likely to develop them.read more
What if treating trauma in the body could in turn treat the mind?
Ideas around how we might treat trauma are almost as complex and varied as the presentations of trauma itself. From EMDR, somatic psychotherapy, to trauma informed yoga, slowly we are learning the symptoms of trauma are formed by a much more integrated relationship between body and mind: how might this work in treatment?read more
Could your obsession with true crime be giving you PTSD-like symptoms?
Do you have a not so secret obsession with true crime? What seems like a harmless hobby might actually be impacting your mental health. In this MHT long read, we explore the idea that watching true crime can result in symptoms that mimic those of PTSD.read more
Immigration detention is having damning effect on migrant and refugee mental health
The mental health of refugees and migrants in the UK has long been cause for concern. New research in Royal College of Psychiatrists (RcPscyh) journal, provides further evidence in support of RcPsych's earlier opposition against the detainment of refugees and migrants experiencing mental distress.read more