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!