Paul Dennison Psychotherapy                                  Tel: 07976 481 040

PhD, BPC

Effects of early relational trauma on later adult life

Events in the earliest years of life, before verbal language develops, are not “remembered” in the usual way, but nevertheless leave powerful “feeling memories” or deep templates that can affect future relationships. Psychotherapy can help to re-member and integrate these early traces.


The effects of adoption are a special interest, having worked intensively with a number of adults who were either adopted themselves, or were the child of an adopted parent, or the partner of an adopted spouse.


Effects of early relational trauma may lay dormant for many years, even decades, until triggered by key life events such as childbirth, bereavement or breakdown of relationships, or adult traumas.


Mindfulness

Although my core practice is in the Western tradition of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, I have over 40 years experience teaching and practising mindfulness and meditation techniques, mainly based on the breath, but also on movement. The breath in particular is unique in being a bridge between our conscious and unconscious processes. Mindfulness as an adjunct to therapy is recognised in National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines as more effective than CBT in preventing relapse in chronic depression.


EEG (electroencephalogram) Consciousness Studies

Since mid-2010 I have been researching the EEG (brainwaves) of experienced meditators, with applications to well-being and health generally, but also to mental health and attention disorders, while also exploring the neural processes of perception and consciousness. See EEG study, and more recently doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2019.00178

In addition to over 18 years’ experience offering individual and group supervision in the NHS, as well as privately, I have a special interest in supervising and working with Staff Groups. These are sometimes known as Team Development and Reflective Practice (TDRP) groups, and have included Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) and groups of senior nurses.


My aim in supervision is not to teach a particular technique, but to guide therapists to fulfil their potential through a deeper understanding of developmental and unconscious processes.


Previous careers as a research physicist and in business, have helped in consulting on establishing TDRP groups in a wide range of work contexts, to increase team effectiveness and reduce the risks of staff burnout. I no longer run such groups myself, but I am happy to offer advice.

Special Interests Consultation and Supervision