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Bulimia Help

February 17, 2014 in Eating Disorders by Teresa Moorhead

Coping with Bulimia on your own is a lonely and isolating feeling. I have had clients over the years that after 20 years of binging and purging on a daily basis that they present for help and fully recover. Throughout these 20 years they have never shared this secret with anyone. They have felt shame and disgust on a daily basis and have “performed” as they have described it for their loved ones in an attempt to protect them from feeling disappointed or having them worry. There is help out there, you do not have to suffer like this in silence anymore. At the Goldsmith Clinic we are very skilled in helping people understand their symptoms and move to a place where they can begin to show compassion for themselves in life. Recovery is possible. People do get better and go on to live their lives as they used to day dream about. Get in touch with us today to take the first step in getting control back of your feelings and your life.

Eating Disorder Recovery

February 17, 2014 Eating DisordersTeam Blog by Teresa Moorhead

I recently had a lady that I had worked with many years ago contact me. My initial thought was that she was looking to re-engage with me for therapy. How delighted I was to hear that she actually called to tell me how well she was doing. When I met this woman she was in her late 20s and had been suffering from Anorexia Nervosa with extreme OCD traits for about 15 years.

She began the conversation by “Im not sure if you remember me I was the bane of your life for a few months several years ago”. I knew the name immediately and disagreed with the bane of my life comment. In all honesty though this woman probably was one of the most resistant clients I had ever worked with, and her insight and motivation for change was so limited at the time. I felt so much joy to hear that she was in a recovery now for the last five years, and that she had two beautiful children and a third on the way. She was happily married and was in a professional career. She wanted to touch base to thank me for my help when we worked together.

I was so touched for the call and absolutely delighted for her that she had never given up and that she beat her eating disorder and took back her life. It really left me feeling

The Case of the Burnt Pudding

January 14, 2014 in Team Blog by Teresa Moorhead

In the fall of 1892 Freud had a patient known as Lucy R. She presented at her own medical physician with symptoms of chronic rhinitis and olfactory hallucinations of burnt pudding. She was referred to Freud for Psychoanalysis. This woman worked as a governess for a widowed man cooking and caring for his children. One day the father who was a violent and abusive man gave out to the governess for a minor matter involving the children. This experience in combination with the olfactory smell of burnt pudding led the woman to fall into a state of hysteria as it was known as at the time.

Through her analysis Freud discovered that as a child this woman was sexually abused by her father and on one of these traumatic occasions there was a pudding burning in the kitchen. In modern day life what this woman experienced is known as dissociation which was triggered by the smell of the pudding and the abusive male opposite her. Lucy was thrown back into the abuse at that moment which caused a hysteric reaction.

The Nature of Trauma and Dissociation – Online CPD module

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This online resource provides a unique package of lectures and presentations by international leaders in the field of treating psychological trauma and dissociation. All the materials have been commissioned by Confer and are unique. The video and audio presentations are supported by notes, captions and diagrams to complement the talks. Our own analysis of the subject is offered in the form of summaries covering history, epidemiology, aetiology, neuropsychology, diagnosis and treatment approaches. The literature has been researched to offer you links to helpful texts, papers and books.

  • The work of 14 internationally known experts
  • 10 hours of videoed lectures
  • Supporting notes, slides and references
  • 6 hours of audio recordings with captions, diagrams or images
  • A selection of new papers summarising the theoretical history, aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of trauma and dissociation
  • Bibliography
  • Links to selected papers and books

Speakers in this online module:

Remy Aquarone – The assessment of dissociative disorders

Dr Philip Bromberg – Shrinking the shadow of the tsunami: healing and growth as the interlocking rewards of a psychoanalytic relationship

Dr Doris Brothers – A relational systems understanding of trauma and its treatments

Dr Onno van der Hart – The treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders applying a theory of structural dissociation

Professor Brett Kahr – The impact of childhood trauma on adult sexuality

Dr Jean Knox – Before, beyond and beneath meaning: developmental neuroscientific and pragmatic perspectives on non-verbal aspects of intersubjectivity

Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga – Recognising ancestral baggage in the client’s history of trauma

Dr Pat Ogden – Working somatically in the treatment of trauma and the process of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Alexandra Richman – Distinguising complex childhood trauma from PTSD in the otherwise healthy adult

Dr Allan Schore – Working with the right brain: a model of clinical expertise for treatment of attachment trauma

Dr Daniel Siegel – How trauma impairs integration

Dr Valerie Sinason – Psychoanalytic approaches to the treatment of trauma

Dr Donnel Stern – Enactment and the formulation of dissociated experience

Dr Felicity de Zulueta – PTSD, complex trauma and disorganised attachment

CPD value: 18 hours
Fee: Self-funded (single user) £180, or an Institutional account (4 or more) £80 per user.