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Holly Bridges Book Review: Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy

How can we best understand autism? And how can we work more therapeutically with someone ‘on the spectrum’? These are the questions that Holly Bridges addresses in her recent book, Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism. She proposes that Stephen Porges’ polyvagal theory, along with Anat Baniel’s NeuroMovement approach, may offer novel ways to answer these …

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Co-Design as a Basic Methodology of ‘Reframing’ Autism

I recently revised work that I was commissioned to undertake for the Autism Association of Western Australia (AAWA), when invited to address the NDS State Conference in Melbourne, Victoria. It was a reminder of the core principles of my approach to improving the lives of those with autism and their families. My work is based on …

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Organicity, Non-Violence, Unity, Whole-ism & Autism

I recently listened to a wonderful talk by Pat Ogden on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and it aligns so well with my approach – which is of course so different from most. I closely relate to Pat Ogden’s 4 principles – organicity; non-violence; unity and whole-ism being ways to embody how you relate to yourself first and then to …

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Unpacking Anxiety

What if we’ve been treating anxiety as a mental condition for all these years, only to discover it’s actually an issue with how the body talks to the brain – via what is called the vagal nerve. Anxiety is the most common mental illness, affecting 300 million people worldwide. Symptoms include worrying, ruminating and obsessing …

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