4 elements meditation for calm
Calm place relaxation exercise
Container exercise for managing distracting thoughts
A compassionate contemplation for the body and mind
Here's a page with relaxation techniques and coping strategies for anxiety and general wellbeing
I'll be adding to it in the coming weeks and months.
This is a 'tech handbook' for during the coronavirus outbreak. It is an open document started by psychologists and has a wealth of information useful to people working in the health sector but also for those with time to browse.
There are plenty of links to follow and useful information in there. If you have expertise to share you can add to it!
For remote sessions Signal https://www.signal.org/ is secure and free, it functions like whatsapp but is open source with end to end encryption and zoom https://zoom.us/ is a popular alternative to Skype for therapists.
Hello, in the coming weeks I'll be setting up more online services and resources. I'll link to them from this blog.
Occasionally people have asked to pay me something for resources that are not with the usual charge, if you have found SA&T useful and would like to make a payment, that can now be done here: paypal.me/leeasimmons
Feedback on what is most helpful and you would like to see more of is welcome, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At SA&T and EMDR.London I'm mainly working remotely for a while. Therapy sessions and supervision are available over Signal, Skype and telephone during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Existing bookings remain in place other than training courses, which are postponed, future dates are yet to be set.
I've been able to respond rapidly as already had time off booked and cancelled the trip, so will instead prepare to work without people having to travel to their sessions.
This can work, I already have clients around the world in therapy using the internet and several long term supervision arrangements also using Skype and Signal.
For more information email Lee@socialarttherapy.com or check https://emdr.london/availability/ for sessions and resources, more will be added in the coming weeks.
So here we are, in the second half of the first month of 2020, the first day of Year of the Rat. That 3.5 years went quite quickly.. meanwhile SA&T has been steadily going along, now with a few new sprigs.
For providing specific trauma therapy we now have EMDR.London, central clinic sessions under SA&T's umbrella. It was helpful being based mainly in my art studio but I am enjoying being central too.
I have provided EMDR and Art Psychotherapy consistently at SA&T since I last wrote, though also with organisations. I now provide clinical supervision in groups as well as providing individual supervision.
Work with Doctors of the World developed into self care groups for professionals, which I really enjoyed, so agreed when asked by another organisation to provide group supervision for psychodynamic therapists working with refugees. I trained on a diploma at the Institute of Group Analysis to make sure I was as good at it as I can be and now run a private supervision group. Some of the resources we created and used in the DOTW self care sessions are here.
As some of my clients, particularly teenagers with anxiety and people struggling with complicated grief, have found climbing therapeutic I started to include that as a service and qualified as a climbing instructor at indoor gyms (CWA - Climbing Wall Award and CWDI - Climbing Wall Development Instructor) for this purpose. It's a slow burn, I don't do this a lot but respond to requests and enjoy the diversity, some of my background interest is here.
Linking EMDR and Art Psychotherapy has proven really effective, so I have been introducing Art Psychotherapists to EMDR at the British Association of Art Therapists, and EMDR therapists to Art. This is mainly through The British Association of Art Therapists and their regional groups, EMDR UK and Ireland Regional Groups and now the NHS.
During therapy sessions sometimes materials come about that I'd like to share more widely. Client confidentiality is essential so I have anonymised case studies as well as tools people can use between sessions. Here is a study about using EMDR with art therapy from 2015 and a couple of things I've written recently are below. I'm thinking of a podcast in the future, as though I like to write I already type quite a lot. Blogging will be very irregular... Hmm.
1. A form to help notice things that are going well in your lives: Shiny Reflective Form
2. Below is an analogy that I thought of in a therapy session and quickly wrote afterwards, my client made the image in response the following week. This was around abusive relationships.
'Driving Your Car
As you drive along the road of life you’ll come across all kinds of people, at various stages in their lives. Some will want to hitch a ride, some might contribute fuel, help with directions, some might try to joy ride and even crash and destroy your vehicle. There will also be those who throw eggs and try to derail you. Now and again, you might stop for a passer by, only to find poop on your window. Whatever you do, don’t turn the windscreen wipers on.
Move on, don’t wallow in it, examine it, or further spread it on yourself. Get clear of the mud flinger, then stop at a safe distance and wash your windscreen. There will be a chance in the future to go through a car wash. Stop for lunch.. and meet people who don’t send you off course or make your journey dangerous and unpleasant.
A wider range of people than you would imagine will cross your future path and if you don’t wash the muck off and get moving you won’t see each, other even if you do meet. It’s your car, your body, your life. You let people in you choose to, you have your hands on the wheel and feet on the breaks and the gas, nobody else does.
Swerve if you have to, check the map, change route, fuel up, service your vehicle. But remember you have a future to approach and engage with on your terms.
If you took the mudslingers with you, so it is, though you have the option to wash your windscreen and share with people who are helpful and good company.
Once you are past trauma in your life you can heal.
Recognising the problems and disentangling from the dangers and distraction is the hard part, once you are further down the road you can wash and own your car, your route, your journey; to take care and allow yourself to protect and enjoy it. '
The texts on this site are mainly theory and practice based, I'm having a think about where to put this sort of thing. For now, it was a good prompt to reopen my blog.
Best wishes all, as we embark on the new decade!