With various parts of our daily lives returning to some sense of normality, it can bring mixed feelings. All our lives have changed so drastically that returning too quickly is understandably impactful on our mental health. It can be helpful to reflect on how the events of the past month’sRead More
Body holds the score
Befriending body sensations Bodily sensations are expressions of response to environmental stimulus. Our bodies work out what it believes to be an appropriate response to what it believes is happening to it. Bodies that have been historically traumatised respond to present day, perceived threat, in ways that they believe maximiseRead More
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Where do local people turn to for counselling or psychotherapy? We are in a time when mental health is increasingly recognised as one of the most debilitating illnesses that causes immense distress to many people At a recent meeting the question of how a person would go about locating aRead More
Domestic violence refuge provision at crisis point, warn charities
Despite the government’s claims to de-stigmatise mental health and make psychological therapies more accessible to the public, the last decade has seen the systematic axing of funding in the mental health charitable sector. This trend to remove affordable therapy and safe places of refuge are felt across the entire sectorRead More
Why Talk to a Therapist?
Why indeed? What’s so different from speaking with a friend? Why should a person pay for someone else to listen? Friends and relatives may certainly be of help and support in many instances and their contribution should never be undervalued. However the unique advantage a therapist has over these closeRead More
Mental illness mostly caused by life events not genetics, argue psychologists
When a third of all G.P. surgery consultations relate to mental health problems and a half of all adults experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives why is it that the MRC (Medical Health Council) allocate only 3% of their annual research budget on mental healthRead More
Screen addiction: an unforeseen consequence of technology?
Is it just a matter of time until we need to tailor a counselling service specifically for screen addiction? A lot of time is spent using social media. Users find it highly competitive. There is continuous pressure and judgement on how many followers, or pictures that are posted. For manyRead More
Suppressing traumatic memories can cause amnesia, research suggests
It has long been understood in the world of psychotherapy that traumatic experience frequently leads to suppression of unwanted memories. These unwanted memories become locked away in a kind of time capsule, blocked from consciousness these traumatic experiences continue to exist in a person’s subconscious; simultaneously many emotional states orRead More
Dangers of Meditation
Meditation is great for our well being – but does it carry any dangers? Article by Itai Ivtzan Ph.D. Psychology Today 11 March 2016 In this article Itai Ivtzan argues there could be potential risks to certain individuals, These include: Facing dormant or buried emotions. One profound experience encountered during meditationRead More
Talking therapies can be better than pills, but you have to find the right one
Talking therapies can be seen as a viable alternative to the over-medicalisation of mental health conditions. However, if something has real effectiveness, a transformative power to change life, it also has the ability to make things worse if it is misapplied, the wrong treatment or done incorrectly. Letting someone pokeRead More