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Ep21 Counselling and Therapy

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

Release Date: 07/25/2021

Episode 14: Through the eyes of a Midwife show art Episode 14: Through the eyes of a Midwife

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

Within CIS'ters, as survivors, we know that many victim/survivors of sexual crimes experience heightened fear and anxiety when accessing midwifery services. In this podcast Kathryn Gutteridge, a past president of the Royal College of Midwives, shares with us how we can help midwives to help us as victims of sexual abuse accessing services and also, importantly, how her own personal insights have assisted in her practice as a midwife and also raising awareness. For further information please see:

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The Power of Music (a revised and re-recorded version of episode 11) show art The Power of Music (a revised and re-recorded version of episode 11)

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

When you are finding life heavy going, it can be a good idea to put together a play list of uplifting music. 

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Loss (a revised & re-recorded version of the original episode 9) show art Loss (a revised & re-recorded version of the original episode 9)

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

Loss is a concept explored with the different perspective of the survivor of sexual abuse in mind.

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Ep29 Window of Tolerance show art Ep29 Window of Tolerance

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

The Window of Tolerance is a idea developed by Dan Siegal. He suggested we all have 3 key states. 

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Episode 28- ACE's show art Episode 28- ACE's

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

ACEs and how important it is to build resilience in children and adult survivors. https://cisters.org.uk/the-impact/adverse-childhood-experiences-ace/

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Ep27 You Think I Am Alright, You Are Wrong show art Ep27 You Think I Am Alright, You Are Wrong

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

Between recovery and resilience, the latter being a more tangible target. The topic includes aspects of trauma and the impact on emotional well-being including suicidal thoughts and also on physical well-ness. The masks that many victim/survivors wear can create barriers to receiving help, not least because resilience as a presentation can be misleading. If you are in a dark place emotionally and not sure that you can continue please contact either the Samaritans and/or your GP. You are not alone.

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EP 26- ISVA show art EP 26- ISVA

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

What is an ISVA, what they do and how to find one.

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Ep25 Institutional CSA Cover Ups show art Ep25 Institutional CSA Cover Ups

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

The Independent Inquiry into CSA report into how abuse has been covered up within faith communities. One of many (www.iicsa.org.uk) due to end in 2022.  THE TRUTH PROJECT, victim/survivors give verbal or written accounts of their experience of sexual abuse during childhood, inc. how interventions could have happened, & if/why failed. Truth Project closes on 31.10.2021. We hope recommendations by IICSA in 2022 will be the introduction of Mandatory Reporting. https://mandatenow.org.uk/

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Ep 24 Abusers can be female show art Ep 24 Abusers can be female

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

In this episode we seek to explore the increasing reality that not all offenders are male – that there are female abusers too. A topic that is often overlooked as it is counter to the belief that females are the nurturers.

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Ep23 Trauma and Physical Health show art Ep23 Trauma and Physical Health

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

In this episode we explore the physical health conditions that can arise from trauma during childhood. More information on this link can be found on our website under the heading of ACEs.

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In this episode we explore what it is like to go into counselling, as an adult survivor of sexual abuse during childhood.  This approach can help many individuals to explore painful aspects linked to their early life experiences, and the impact it has had on them as adults.  More often than not the successful outcome of therapy can depend on it being the right time (for the client), the right model of therapy being used, the right therapist (in that the ability to form a therapeutic relationship is key) and the final element is where to access therapy.

CIS'ters signposts to services in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 We hope that you find this podcast helpful in choosing if this is the right time, and how to access therapy.