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Obesity

Session 33 of 46Duration 13mins 58secs

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In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates the eating disorder obesity. This condition often affects our self-esteem and we may experience painful self-judgements, Dr Ogden addresses these issues and shows us tools we can use to cultivate self-compassion. She explores possible causes and triggers of obesity, including our childhood and past traumas. We learn about the significant role our body plays in understanding and healing this condition. Dr Ogden highlights the importance of mindful awareness and how listening to our body’s signals can help change our eating patterns and can assist us to discovering the root cause driving our obesity.

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  1. 01

    Understanding Trauma

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden walks us through the theory of understanding trauma. She outlines why our instinctive responses to trauma can affect us and explains why trauma is often misunderstood. Dr Ogden takes us to the root of trauma and shares why some people are traumatised and why other people are not. She ...
  2. 02

    Overwhelming Emotions

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates the overwhelming emotions that arise in the experience of a traumatic event. We discover why our emotions can seem out of control after we’ve experienced trauma. Dr Ogden explains the reasons for this and provides us with tools to regulate those emotions, so they don’t feel so overwhelming. ...
  3. 03

    Improving Your Relationships

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden discusses how we can improve our relationships. We learn about how we form our relational patterns through early attachment, and how these formative relationships when we are young can impact on our adult relationships. Dr Ogden shows us how these relationships can affect us pre-verbally when we are babies. ...
  4. 04

    Setting Boundaries

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden shows us how to set boundaries with ourselves and others, and how to have those boundaries respected. She investigates the difficulty of setting boundaries and saying no to people, and how we could be stuck in a pattern of not asserting ourselves. Research shows that boundaries are communicated non-verbally ...
  5. 05

    Increasing Your Happiness

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden explores how we can cultivate more happiness and a greater sense of wellbeing in our lives. When we have experienced trauma or negative experiences, we tend to focus on those negative memories. Dr Ogden shows us how to uncouple memories to shift our negative focus and explore new ways ...
  6. 06

    Regulating Your Arousal

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden shows us how we can modulate our arousal. After we experience trauma it is a natural occurrence that our arousal becomes either too high or too low. Dr Ogden explains why our arousal becomes dysregulated after we experience trauma. She provides us with tools and techniques to help us ...
  7. 07

    Healing Your Shame

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates the difficult emotion of shame. She explores the thoughts and defences behind shame and provides us with tools to help heal this. Dr Ogden describes the difference between guilt and shame, and teaches us about how our attachment figures in early childhood relationships may have impacted on us ...
  8. 08

    Depression

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates the root causes of depression and offers skills and techniques for dealing with depression. Sometimes it can be difficult for us to identify the cause of our depression. Dr Ogden explains the different root causes, including; our personal histories, trauma and grief. We learn how hypo-arousal (low arousal) ...
  9. 09

    Social Anxiety

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates the common experience of social anxiety. Most people will experience social anxiety at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, social anxiety interferes with our enjoyment of life and can negatively impact on our daily activities. Dr Ogden outlines the many causes of social anxiety and explains the impact ...
  10. 10

    Regulating Your Rage

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden explores how to regulate our explosive behaviours behind dysregulated emotions that feel like rage. Dr Ogden discusses why rage appears in our body and explains the triggers in our daily lives that may be a precursor to the arousal of rage. Dr Ogden offers tips to regulate our uncontrollable emotions ...
  11. 11

    Dealing with Rape

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates the traumatic experience of rape. She walks us through what happens inside of us during these experiences and offers tools to help us heal from rape. Victims of rape often judge themselves. Dr Ogden discusses the importance of releasing our self-judgments. She explains instinctive defences and immobilising defences. Dr ...
  12. 12

    Self-Harm

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates the distressing phenomena of self-harm. She provides us with a deeper understanding of self-harm, outlining some of the related issues and reasons why we might cause harm to ourselves. Furthermore, Dr Ogden explores the relationship between trauma and self-harm. When we experience trauma, we can become disconnected from ...
  13. 13

    Understanding Your Memories

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden provides us with a deeper understanding of our memories. She explains two different categories of memory; explicit memories and implicit memories, showing us tools and techniques that we can use to recognise these kinds of memories. Dr Ogden explores the signals and signs of those memories, so we can ...
  14. 14

    Reconstructing Your Memories

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates how we can reconstruct our traumatic memories. When we experience trauma, we tend to focus on the worst parts of the event and play it over repeatedly in our minds. Dr Ogden explains how these traumatic moments then become more deeply wired into our system. She shows us ...
  15. 15

    Mindfulness

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden explores a new way of using mindfulness to help us work through our difficulties. Mindful attention is an effective tool to assist us in understanding our problems and our reactions, and may help us discover the root of our problems. Dr Ogden shows us how to use practical tools ...
  16. 16

    Dissociation

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates dissociation. She explains what dissociation is and why it occurs after trauma. Dr Ogden describes how we may become stuck in our instinctive, defensive responses. When we are stuck in this state, we tend to compartmentalise our trauma so we can get on with our daily life without ...
  17. 17

    Autism

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates autism. She outlines ways to manage autism and shows us how to regulate and improve our ability to be socially engaged. Dr Ogden offers people with autism, and their caregivers, tools for building self-confidence and social skills. Eye-contact and verbal communication can be triggering for people with autism, ...
  18. 18

    Chronic Pain

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates chronic pain. Often when we have experienced trauma we can develop patterns in our body that lead to chronic pain.  Dr Ogden shows us different ways to connect with our body. She outlines the sources of pain and how it can be relieved by specific actions in our ...
  19. 19

    ADHD

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates ADHD. She provides us with skills for managing hyper-reactivity, high energy and distraction, commonly associated with ADHD. Dr Ogden explains how children with ADHD don’t want to misbehave and how it can be very frustrating for both the child and the parent or caregiver. She discusses the importance ...
  20. 20

    Conflict in Relationships

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates conflict in relationships. She discusses the difficulties that we all experience in our relationships, and helps us understand conflict from a different perspective. Dr Ogden shows us tools and techniques to help us work through our conflict. She explains how we communicate on different levels, including verbal and ...
  21. 21

    Addiction

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates addiction. She explores the root cause of what drives our addictive behaviour, and shows us ways to help us overcome our addictive habits. Research shows a correlation between addiction and trauma, Dr Ogden describes how when we experience trauma our arousal becomes dysregulated. She explains the significant role ...
  22. 22

    Past Surgery Trauma

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  23. 23

    Domestic Violence

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates the dynamics of domestic violence. She explains how domestic violence can be a relational attachment issue and discusses why we might have difficultly leaving these relationships. Victims of domestic violence often suffer from self-blame and shame, Dr Ogden shows us how to release our judgements and have compassion ...
  24. 24

    Loneliness

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden explores loneliness. She provides us with an understanding of loneliness and identifies where feelings of isolation and emptiness may come from. Dr Ogden shows us tools and actions that we can work with to help us feel less lonely. We learn about how we embody loneliness, and the way ...
  25. 25

    Limiting Beliefs

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates limiting beliefs that can prevent us from living a full and satisfying life. She explains how these beliefs are unconscious and how they live not only in our mind, but also in our body. Dr Ogden discusses the significant impact both trauma and our relationships have on forming ...
  26. 26

    The Language of the Body

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  27. 27

    Connecting with Others

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates connection in relationships. We develop a deeper understanding of how to connect with others whilst maintaining our sense of self. Dr Ogden discusses how our childhood may have an impact on our ability to seek connection. She explains proximity seeking actions and how our instinctive actions of seeking ...
  28. 28

    Building Resilience

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  29. 29

    Cultivating Wellbeing

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates how we can cultivate more wellbeing in our lives. We are shown a variety of skills to enhance our wellbeing at a core level.  Dr Ogden examines the role our body plays in enhancing our wellbeing and explains the importance of resources, focusing on two categories; survival resources ...
  30. 30

    Angry Kids

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates ways to regulate children’s anger. She shows us a variety of skills we can use to decrease children’s agitation and help channel their energy in a more appropriate manner. Dr Ogden discusses acceptable ways for children to express their anger, using activities that support and strengthen the connection ...
  31. 31

    Anorexia

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  32. 32

    Bulimia & Binge Eating

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates bulimia and binge eating. She explains the importance of becoming curious about our eating patterns and how the root causes of these conditions are individualistic. Pat discusses how these eating disorders often relate to our own self-concept, which may trace back to our traumatic experiences and negative relational ...
  33. 33

    Obesity

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates the eating disorder obesity. This condition often affects our self-esteem and we may experience painful self-judgements, Dr Ogden addresses these issues and shows us tools we can use to cultivate self-compassion. She explores possible causes and triggers of obesity, including our childhood and past traumas. We learn about ...
  34. 34

    Emotional Abuse

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates emotional abuse. She explains different types of emotional abuse and explores helpful ways to work through emotionally abusive behaviour. Dr Ogden discusses the importance of self-care, offering us skills and techniques we can use to self-soothe and regulate our arousal. She provides us with examples of emotionally abusive ...
  35. 35

    Shyness

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates shyness. She explains that there is nothing wrong with being shy, however we might want to feel more confident and comfortable in public spaces. Dr Ogden shows us how we can overcome the difficulties and judgements often associated with shyness. She illuminates the important role our body plays ...
  36. 36

    Parts of Yourself

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates different parts of the self. She explores how we develop our different parts, explaining how negative childhood experiences might lead to us abandoning parts of our self. Dr Ogden examines how trauma can cause a dramatic configuration of parts. She discusses the natural instincts that arise in response ...
  37. 37

    Boundaries with Children

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates setting boundaries with children. Many of us may experience difficulties setting boundaries with children, we might have trouble teaching children about boundaries or helping children learn how to set their own healthy boundaries. Dr Ogden discusses how some kids may set boundaries aggressively, while other kids might be ...
  38. 38

    Stress

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates the common phenomena of stress. She outlines the many different sources of stress and explains how most people will experience some form of stress in their lives. Dr Ogden explores how stress can take it’s toll on our physical, psychological and emotional health, and offers us tools and ...
  39. 39

    War

    In this session, Dr Pat Ogden investigates the trauma of war. She discusses the nature of war and the difficulties we might face when we re-enter civilian life. Dr Ogden highlights challenges regarding our values and morality. We find out about how combat stimulates our instinctive survival responses, especially the fight response. It can be ...

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