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A new approach to stress. Its always been there…you just haven’t used it yet

a picture of a plant shaking and releasing polles. A visual representation of how shaking can relieve stress and tension. Kate Munden Therapist.

Do you find yourself overwhelmed, anxious or stressed by everyday events? You may not realise it but you have the ability to change the way you react to stress, and even trauma, using inbuilt techniques every animal on the planet uses to survive. We often see animals shaking when they are scared. They do this … Continue reading A new approach to stress. Its always been there…you just haven’t used it yet

PTT – Picture Tapping Technique

  Picture Tapping is a therapeutic intervention which is a fusion of Art Therapy and EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques that can bring impressive resolution for hard to identify or long standing emotional issues or addictions. Read how I finally stopped smoking using PTT here. Picture Tapping is a different way of using EFT and has many … Continue reading PTT – Picture Tapping Technique

A link between birth trauma and Post Natal Depression PND?

A new study by the University of Kent into the causes of Post Natal Depression has found that women who experience birth complications are 174% more likely to suffer from PND. Women who have a traumatic birth are 174% more likely to experience PND Approximately 50% of women in the UK experience 'red flag' experiences … Continue reading A link between birth trauma and Post Natal Depression PND?

What do mums say to themselves about childbirth?

    Childbirth can be confusing these days. We live in a society, dominated by social media, where we all compare ourselves to unreasonable standards. Its almost impossible not judge ourselves or to try and emulate somebody else's glamorous seeming life rather than focus on our own. As modern women we are expected to have … Continue reading What do mums say to themselves about childbirth?

What is trauma?

Trauma or Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms are caused by the mind trying to make sense of the story when the body/mind system was overwhelmed. Trauma might be caused by a specific event like a car crash, or by many smaller events eventually building up and overloading the system - such as abuse or continued … Continue reading What is trauma?

When your dreams of a natural birth are shattered.

The stories we hear about childbirth, either from family, friends and the media effect how we view giving birth. There are so many conflicting thoughts and ideas, sometimes it hard to know what the ‘real’ truth is. What is birth really going to be like? What is the best approach? I thought I had it … Continue reading When your dreams of a natural birth are shattered.

Are you hijacked by emotions? Why we go slowly with TRE.

When we first learn TRE (Trauma Release Exercises) we are often living a life that is full of strong emotions we can't control. Are you hijacked by emotions?TRE is a body based technique that helps us unwind and let go of deep patterns of tension.  To begin with it is often a revelation. Am I … Continue reading Are you hijacked by emotions? Why we go slowly with TRE.

The Hidden Cost of Birth Trauma

What is the hidden cost of birth trauma? Many women experience frightening and life-threatening experiences giving birth often coupled with a lack of emotional support or any dignity. As one traumatised client told me “No one prepared me that childbirth could be a ‘proper’ trauma”. Let’s face it – who has the time to prepare … Continue reading The Hidden Cost of Birth Trauma

Post Traumatic Stress after childbirth

Three of the key symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress after Childbirth Re-experiencing the event Physical sensations - pain, nausea, sweating Nightmares Flashbacks - involuntarily and vividly re-living what happened during the birth Repetitive and upsetting images or sensations Constant negative thoughts, self questioning, guilt and shame 'why didn't I take more control?' "My body has … Continue reading Post Traumatic Stress after childbirth

Can you recover from birth trauma?

Unfortunately women who suffer birth trauma often find themselves isolated from a helpful support network. They may feel very distant from other new mothers who have had a different or  perhaps appear to have had easier birth stories. Sometimes birth trauma recovery and letting go of what happened can feel impossible. Many women feel like … Continue reading Can you recover from birth trauma?