In various books, poems and songs, May is dubbed as The Merry Month of May. The musical, Camelot, takes it one Spring step further into the Lusty Month of May! I am always intrigued when a positive affirmation is created. What is the motivation? It might be that May is simply merry. Equally, it might be a response to times that are not so good. An affirmation is needed to rekindle our merriness. Like all systems, it is probably a combination of both, but this year has had more than its share of difficulty and uncertainty. It may be possible to lose touch with our merriness, but I am encouraged to see that we can readily lift ourselves back into a positive “broaden and build” mood.

It has been an honour and a pleasure to have published a series of case studies from Roger Keizerstein. He shares another one with us and it is a case with triumph at its heart despite the struggle of trauma as its cause. How A 32-Year-Old Woman Triumphed Over Complex Trauma takes us deep into the world of complex trauma and how to create some resolution.

In serendipitous harmony, we have a new extract from our friends at W. W. Norton. Babette Rothschild presents a current edition of her expertise in, Revolutionizing Trauma Treatment: Stabilization, Safety, and Nervous System Balance. She has been a champion of the nature and treatment of trauma for over 20 years. Many will know her work, if not, I urge you to explore her numerous publications.

We continue our series on the state of psychotherapy around the world with a report from Portugal. I first met Pedro Robeiro when he translated for me at a workshop. He has just been accepted as a PhD candidate in Lisbon. The Practice of Psychotherapy in Portugal: Past, Present and Future is a valuable contribution to the series.

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