Enhancing psychological safety during uncertain times

Liza Morton, Nicola Cogan, Stephen Porges

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People often seek therapy because they are struggling to feel safe, blighted by anxiety and low mood. Often, they wish to feel safe again, or yearn to for the first time. Unresolved trauma can cause us to respond to past threats as if they are current. Creating a safe space is an essential ingredient for psychological therapy while therapeutic interventions for people who have experienced trauma prioritise a phase of safety and stabilisation in treatment, supporting people to feel safe before traumatic memories are addressed.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBlog post
Media of outputWebpage
Number of pages2
Place of PublicationManchester
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2022


  • psychological safety
  • NPSS
  • mental health
  • trauma
  • polyvagal theory


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