Three routes out of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

In this post I offer you three evidence-based approaches to address the effect of traumas large and small, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Our lives, as we support a child with an eating disorder, is peppered with distressing or fearful events — some affect us for a day, and some can bring us to tears, or invade our sleep, even when all is well again. It’s not uncommon for parents to report PTSD.
Our children too accumulate traumas: there’s the eating, the delusional states, the treatment centres, the suicidality, the sense of being utterly alone and misunderstood, and the terrible fights with parents and siblings.

Some traumas stick and lead to post-traumatic stress. Others make us grow and lead to post-traumatic growth.
How can we transform the things that deeply shocked our word into wisdom, gratitude, expansion? Or, less ambitiously, how can we stop being reacting disproportionately to the slightest trigger?

Guided meditations to help you be at your best


A common source of discouragement from parents is this: “I know I should be kind, and calm, and confident, and compassionate, but so many times I just can’t.”

Well, that’s us just being human. This extreme parenting thing can’t be done 100% all the time, and it certainly can’t be done on our own through sheer willpower. We need fuelling for ourselves. We need compassion and understanding and hand-holding.

My book gives you the why and the how of compassion. My new audio resources help you actually experience the power that lies with a compassionate state, so you can shift yourself into a state closer to wellbeing.

What treatment and care is there for eating disorders in Scotland?

Scotland treatment care eating disorders

Last updated on May 29th, 2022How does Scotland treat eating disorders? The good news is that if you have a child or adolescent suffering from an eating disorder in Scotland, there are good chances he or she for engwill receive excellent, evidence-based treatment, and that this will be offered promptly. Scotland has led the way …

„Home treatment“ in Aachen: Behandlung von Essstörungen

Vor ca. 10 Jahren hat Frau Prof. Dr. Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann, die sich schon sehr lange mit dem Thema Magersucht beschäftigt, in einer Studie an ihrer Klinik in Aachen festgestellt, dass die Rückfallquote bei den Patienten die statt stationärer Behandlung in der Tagesklinik behandelt wurden, deutlich geringer war. Sie setzte sich das Ziel diese Zahl weiter …

Powerful tools for wellbeing and compassionate connection when your son or daughter has an eating disorder

Compasionate Communication NVC nonviolent communication

Last updated on May 11th, 2021This is an excerpt from Chapter 13 of 'Anorexia and other eating disorders – how to help your child eat well and be well' To hear me demonstrating some of what follows, check out the many Bitesize audios on this topic. I also occasionally run a workshop to help parents …

How do you get your child to eat in spite of anorexia or a restricting eating disorder?

How do you get your child to eat in spite of anorexia/eating disorder

Excerpt from Chapter 7: How to help your child to eat. Tips to feed our sons and daughters in spite of the eating disorder. All the tips I’ve learned from experience, from our therapists and from other parents. I use a bungee-jumping analogy to illustrate the principles. Later, I’ll offer some examples using practical scenarios.