Over the past year I have been on an extraordinary journey both personal and professional learning about Sound Therapy using Gongs and other sacred instruments. In January 2018 I graduated from the Gong Practitioner Course run by Sheila Whittaker at the College of Sound Healing Gongs are amazing instruments and powerful therapeutic tools. If you’d like to know more about how Gongs can help with relaxation, healing and personal development, and what to expect in a Gong Bath take a look here: https://www.karenbresloff.com/sound-therapy-gongs/
“Where we look affects how we feel” Brainspotting (BSP) was developed in 2003 by David Grand, Ph.D and is related to the practice of EMDR.
BSP makes use of the natural phenomenon of gazing, through its use of relevant eye positions. When traumatic memories are triggered specific parts of the brain are activated, and externalised via the eyes to very specific eye positions, or Brainspots. By working with these eye Brainspots in a very focused way it is possible to tap into and harness the body’s natural self-scanning, self healing ability.
Brainspotting is designed as a therapeutic tool, and can be used to process trauma, strengthen resources and resilience and enhance performance.
Interested? Get in touch for a session of Brainspotting.
An Interview with Karen Bresloff.
Karen, why has it taken you so long to join Social Media?
Well I’ve been on Linkedin for a while; does that count? I guess there is a theme; I was born ‘two weeks late’ so maybe I’m programmed not to rush! Social Media is like a giant 21st Narcissist’s mirror isn’t it; post yourself on it and see what version of you is reflected back, with all the inherent distortions. As a Psychotherapist it’s the interior landscape of the ‘other’ that interests me, and to be good at my job I’ve had to traverse my own emotional lakes and mountains. That takes time.
OK, so considering you’re quite a private person what are you prepared to share about yourself on Facebook right now?
Child of the 70’s and still listening to Fleetwood Mac and Leonard Cohen, am always impatient for the next Ian McEwan novel, I write poetry and create the odd bit of ‘art’. I like Mid C20 design, cashmere and dogs, find my spiritual connection in nature and my escape in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Is that enough? (laughs).
Who inspires you professionally?
As a mature student at the University of London, my female lecturers inspired me; intelligent and articulate women, they encouraged my desire to learn and my transition from schoolgirl educational failure into the world of academia.
Since then: Helen Bamber, campaigner and trauma specialist; for a life dedicated to the welfare of others, Irvine Yalom for his take on Existential givens, Peter Levine and Stephen Porges for their contributions to the understanding of the healthy regulation of the nervous system, and therefore how to live a somatically more comfortable life.
My grandfathers. My paternal grandfather worked for the Jewish Relief Unit at the end of WWII, went into Bergen Belsen and saw horrific things which deeply affected his own life; he’s my trans-generational influence for becoming a trauma healer. And my maternal grandfather for his unfailing love and support.
Working in the field of trauma it would be easy to have a cynical view of the world so I try to focus on the endless acts of kindness, compassion and generosity that I also witness, on a planet rife with troubles. Unfortunately our brains are like Teflon to positive experiences and Velcro to negative ones; we’re wired that way for survival, so we have to work harder to stay with the positive stuff. It’s a daily challenge worth rising too.
And finally how do you unwind at the end of a long day?
Oh, that’s easy, I share my life with two Chocolate Labrador puppies who fill my home with boundless energy and are a daily lesson in Somatic Regulation. At the end of the day I pour myself into a ‘puppy puddle’ on the floor and feel the love………
Thanks Karen: Welcome to Facebook!
I’m pleased to have been appointed the new Secretary for the Somatic Experiencing Association UK (SEA UK) at our 5th AGM which took place in London on Saturday 6th December 2014.
The Association, which was formed in 2009, has a growing membership; it’s role as the main information source for those interested in SE® trauma therapy in Britain is to raise awareness of Somatic Experiencing among therapy professionals and the public, and to maintain a directory of UK-based SE® practitioners.
Any enquiries about the Association should in the first instance be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently had the pleasure of working for an organisation called ‘Shh’ who run therapeutic retreats for women. ‘Shh’ was set up by business partners Lucy and Vicky and their aim is to provide a safe, nurturing space in which women can explore the sensual self which often gets damaged, lost or overlooked under the pressure of juggling their many roles – mother, daughter, friend, lover, carer, career woman, to name a few.
Facilitated by a well qualified, intuitive and caring team of female practitioners, participants embarked on a powerful physical and emotional journey in which there was opportunity to connect with their femininity, reclaim their sexuality, heal emotional wounds and build their confidence. The body holds memories and the emphasis at ‘Shh’ is on therapeutic bodywork and sensual touch to release stress and trauma.
The retreat was set deep in the English countryside, in a beautiful property complete with spa, an ambience enhanced with exquisite candles and toiletries, and ‘Shh’’s own Nutritionalist provided healthy food throughout.
The program at ‘Shh’ has a well-considered structure with space within it to facilitate each woman’s personal therapeutic healing journey, and judging by the feedback much amazing personal transformation took place. For healing, growth, and pampering, I thoroughly recommend.
Helen Bamber OBE was a human rights icon and an extraordinary woman. For almost seventy years she dedicated her life to working with those who suffered the extremes of human cruelty. Her career began in 1945 when she joined the Jewish Relief Unit and found herself in Germany working with holocaust survivors at Bergen Belsen. No-one’s life remains untouched by such an experience and she became a passionate campaigner and advocate for those in distress, eventually establishing The Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture and then in 2005, The Helen Bamber Foundation. Helen understood the complexity of trauma and the human responses to it; her gift was compassion and she helped each individual she encountered find their own way of survival.
In 1998 her biography ‘The Good Listener’ was published and I went to hear her publicly read an excerpt from it. Afterwards I asked one of her aides if it was possible to have a moment to speak with her and that is how I met Helen Bamber. One of Helen’s colleagues at Bergen Belsen concentration camp had been my paternal grandfather, whom I had never met, but Helen met me with time, generosity and kindness for which I will always be grateful. I was later to become a therapist and this amazing woman inspires my trauma work.
Sadly Helen died on 21 August 2014 at the age of 89. Her life story is an inspiration, and a memorial fund has been established in her name. Do read her biography or take a look at the website: www.helenbamber.org, and if you feel touched by it at all perhaps you might consider a donation to support the valuable work being done there. Thanks.
Welcome to my website.
The weekend I planned to sit down to start writing the content for this new website, my home caught fire. What happened that evening was a personal journey through the stages of trauma: fight – desperate phone call to the fire-brigade, flight – running up and down the garden shouting for neighbours, freeze – standing powerlessly in the garden watching the flames grow and house fill up with soot and smoke. Recovery took time, with the help of friends, colleagues and my wonderful supervisor Michael Gavin, and I carried on working while I privately processed this horrible event.
And that’s the point – trauma, healing and recovery.
Building a new website is a bit like choosing an outfit; no single piece of clothing is ever going to express every aspect of your personality, and in the same way one chooses what to wear, one has to decide the look and mood of a website.
In the end, what matters to me, is that in visiting these pages, and reading through this journal, you the visitor and potential client, understand that while I take my work seriously, there is always a space for humour, and the warmth of human connection waiting for you in my therapy room.
Finally thank you to those clients past and present who wrote testimonials for these pages; I am humbled by their feedback.
I look forward to meeting you again here, and there.