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What is Polyvagal Theory?

Polyvagal theory is about how our body responds to, and processes, stress. Polyvagal means many wandering nerves related to the vagal nerve in our body. Polyvagal theory was first described by Dr Stephen Porges in 1994 and now informs many therapists worldwide. The Three States of Activation Dr Porges research has proven our body has

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How the Safe and Sound Protocol is Delivered

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is designed to work with your nervous system. When you feel safe, calm and relaxed your nervous system will be receptive to new acoustic stimuli within the frequency band of human communication. This maximises the effectiveness of your therapy. Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) Pathways There is only one

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How to Overcome a Fear of Intimacy

A fear of intimacy can negatively affect your ability to form close and loving relationships. It is commonly caused by a past traumatic experience and often can be traced back to childhood. If you feel like you may be living with a fear of intimacy, there are ways to address and overcome it. Working with

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The Safe and Sound Protocol

What is the Safe and Sound Protocol The “Safe and Sound Protocol” (SSP) is a 5 hour program designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity, while enhancing social engagement and resilience. The SSP uses prosodic (this relates to the rise and fall of the human voice) music that has been modulated to train the neural

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How to Improve the Intimacy in Your Relationship

Intimacy is the key to a happy and long-lasting relationship. All couples will experience many types of intimacy and it’s important that all of these are maintained. When the connection is lacking or lost, it can cause resentment and isolation within the couple, ultimately resulting in the end of the relationship. To improve intimacy and

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Fearful Avoidant Attachment Style: A Definition

Fearful avoidant attachment develops as a result of trauma in early life and presents as a simultaneous fear of closeness and connection and longing for these things. Fearful avoidance can manifest in an inability to form close relationships, but there are strategies for dealing with this attachment style. What are Attachment Styles? Early in life,

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Anxious Preoccupied Attachment Style: A Definition

Anxious preoccupied attachment can result in people having low confidence and requiring a lot of reassurance from the people around them. It is an emotionally volatile style of attachment that can make it difficult to form close relationships. However, there are strategies for dealing with anxious attachment. What are Attachment Styles? Psychologists have been using

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Secure Attachment Style: A Definition

Secure attachment is a healthy way of being within relationships. People with secure attachment are happy, confident, and well-adjusted. Parents can foster this attachment style in their own children from an early age by providing a nurturing environment and being awre of how their emotional reactions and responses affects their child. What are Attachment Styles?

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Dismissive Avoidant Attachment Style: A Definition

Dismissive avoidant attachment is an attachment style that usually presents as emotionally-distanced and highly self-reliant. Developed in early childhood, this dismissive avoidance can manifest in an inability to connect with people and form close relationships. While our attachment style isn’t something that we can change (like the way we change our hair style), there are

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As restrictions surrounding COVID-19 begin to ease in Western Australia, Perth Counselling and Psychotherapy is once again offering face-to-face sessions, in addition to online sessions. For those of you visiting us in-person, rest assured that we are strictly following social distancing regulations and will not have any physical contact with clients. If you have any questions, please contact your therapist for more information.