Published: RTE Brainstorm
Author: Dr. Malie Coyne
Opinion: parents mean the best for their children and would never consciously intend to cause them stress, but do they do so inadvertently?
The Stressed documentary followed the trajectory of five adult volunteers who felt overwhelmed by their busy lifestyles and wanted to “be in the moment” more rather “doing” all the time. As therapist to one of the volunteers, I found that using the link between daily living patterns and the three emotional regulation systems (i.e. drive, threat and soothing) from Paul Gilbert’s Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) was a really powerful way of conceptualising and working with stress.