University of Exeter Academic contributes to BBC 3 Documentary

Hannah Sherbersky from CEDAR Psychology at the University of Exeter was approached by BBC 3 to provide a therapy session between a mother and a daughter. 

 

For many people, going to college or moving out of home offers a chance to look at their relationship with their parents from a fresh perspective. 23-year old Dammy confronts her mum about her longstanding issues by having the type of brutally honest discussions that many of us so often avoid.

Dammy suffers from anxiety and hasn’t had a serious conversation with her mum about it. First off, it doesn’t help that mum still sees Dammy as her ‘baby’ and finds it hard to treat her like an adult – but it also seems that mum wants to gloss over any difficult issues. Keen not to upset her mum, Dammy has learnt to just stay silent. Through an emotional and frank therapy session, their relationship is put under the microscope. Over the course of a session with therapist Hannah Sherbersky, Dammy finally confronts mum about their lack of meaningful communication but perhaps she didn’t expect to learn so much about her mum’s upbringing in the process.

Watch on BBC iPlayer.

Date: 28 February 2019

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