The Brain Can Make Mistakes When it Comes to Pain

The Brain Can Make Mistakes When it Comes to Pain

When I teach that “pain involves the brain,” people often feel that I’m saying that it’s their fault. That’s really not what I am saying. I like to talk about the mind, the brain, and the body. The mind is our consciousness, our awareness, our sense of self. The brain...
How to recognise fight, flight or freeze

How to recognise fight, flight or freeze

The understanding of trauma is fundamental to health.  We’re all hardwired to respond to overwhelming experiences in the same way. We contract away from danger, we run, jump fight or shutdown. The control mechanisms (nervous, hormonal and immune) take us immediately...
Links between pain and trauma

Links between pain and trauma

Polyvagal theory developed by Dr Stephen Porges is very influential in the trauma world. The essence of polyvagal theory is that feeling safe is the fundamental drive for humans. If there is the perception of danger (‘neuroception’ is the term used by...
Can feeling your body lessen anxiety?

Can feeling your body lessen anxiety?

Understanding how anxiety is created by our nervous system trying to protect us, and how our fight-or-flight mechanisms can get stuck, can significantly lessen the fear experienced during anxiety attacks. I’m deeply curious about how minds and bodies interact. I am...