Tag Archives: anxiety

Oral stimulation facilitates feelings of wellbeing

This is another of my posts on the Secure Start Facebook page. Let me know what you think! From the earliest hours of life, infants experience feelings of emotional wellbeing in association with suckling. As a result, a powerful association … Continue reading

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New thinking and a new approach required with looked-after children

Yesterday I was visited by a six-year-old boy who has a history of family trauma and is being raised by a relative carer. Upon entering my consulting room he immediately sought my box of assorted animals and rifled through it, … Continue reading

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A gentle method for getting children settled to sleep in their own beds

This was a very popular post that has become somewhat buried in this site, so I thought I would reproduce it here. Enjoy! 🙂 In my practice one of the more common struggles reported by parents and caregivers is getting … Continue reading

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Proactive Needs Provision Required to Heal Trauma Hurts

Perhaps the most little known and understood aspect of childhood trauma is the impact inadequate needs provision has on the child’s perception of how their basic human needs will be met in future, and their associated actions to satisfy their … Continue reading

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A Simple Method for Getting Children off to Sleep

In my practice one of the more common struggles reported by parents and caregivers is getting children off to sleep in their own bed.  What follows is a simple method to address this issue that I often recommend, and that I used with my own children. Continue reading

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Helicopter Parenting

Today, I have commented on three published articles that carry a similar theme.  The theme is that so-called “helicopter parenting” causes anxiety and impedes the development of resilience in children. The problem I have with such articles is that they … Continue reading

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Attached to the Unattached

John was a superficially charming fourteen-year-old lad with bright red hair and a ready smile. I met John soon after I began my first appointment as a Clinical Psychologist. John was a Ward of the State. He was referred to … Continue reading

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Promoting Children’s Resilience: What you need to know!

On a sunny autumn day David, who was four years of age, travelled with his parents to a local park for a picnic. Upon their arrival, David and his parents observed a scene replete with the recreational delights of lush … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading for National Psychology Exam

My book, A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder, has been selected for the list of recommended readings for Provisional Psychologists who are to sit the National Psychology Exam as a prerequisite for registration as a Psychologist in Australia! … Continue reading

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Support Secure Start

Dear Readers, If you appreciate receiving information presented in this blog, please support me by visiting the website for my child and family psychology practice, Secure Start®. In doing so, you will assist me to continue to support children and … Continue reading

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