Overcoming Childhood Tauma: A Three Stage Process

Dark moments from our childhood – divorce, emotional neglect, a parent’s mental illness, witnessing violence or addiction, being abused – can stay with us as adults, even though we ‘feel fine’ most of the time. Research shows that adverse childhood experiences produce toxic levels of stress hormones that can affect the development of the neural networks in a child’s brain. In the past 20 years, researchers have shown that high scores on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) survey are highly predictive of adult mental, social and physical health problems later in life. The effects of these ACEs may be invisible, but they can weigh upon us decades later.


Guilt and Shame: Radio Interview

Allow me to share a little radio interview I did with Kelly Higgins-Devine on ABC radio yesterday, May 18th 2015. We talked about the difference between guilt and shame; guilt being a more adaptive, conscious emotion and shame being less helpful and less conscious.  I also touched on how shame develops and on the importance of clarity […]