Knowing your parts. A closer look at Janina Fisher's new trauma informed model to help with sel

Last week I had the pleasure to attend Janina Fisher PhD's workshop on her Trauma Informed Stabilisation Treatment or TIST organised by Psychotherapy Excellence. This is a model that incorporates what we now know from the trauma field to working with people that experience suicidality, self-harm, addictions, eating disorders and other self-destructive behaviours. This way of working borrows from other approaches to therapy like mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and the Structural Dissociation Model. A bit of a mouthful, I know! The essence of this model, however, is that repeated trauma in childhood creates parts. In this instance trauma would refer to the stuf

Using technology to regulate the nervous system. A meal with Benjamin Fry.

Last month I met with Benjamin Fry to chat about the use of technology to regulate the nervous system over a Chinese meal. Benjamin is the founder of trauma clinic Khiron House and of NeuralSolution, a company that is researching a new non-contact device to detect the state of activation of the nervous system, working with Stephen Porges PhD, the father of Polyvagal Theory. The new device, called the PhysioCam, will have the aspect of a lightbulb that changes colour depending on a person's state of activation. A bit of background first. According to polyvagal theory there are three 'gears' to the nervous system. One is the social engagement system, a state of calm, safety and connection, thi