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

Medicalising unhappiness: new classification of depression risks more patients being put on drug treatment from which they will not benefit

Extracts taken from the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2013;347:f7140 doi: 10.1136/bmj.f7140 (Published 9 December 2013) In England, antidepressant prescribing increased at over 10% each year between 1998 and 2010, a rise far greater than for any other psychiatric medication. Descriptions of a mental condition can be interpreted in so many ways dependingRead More

Eating Disorder Awareness Week: Lesser known conditions that are ‘just as serious’ as anorexia and bulimia

  Independent 23rd Feb 2016: Kashmira Gander   Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are dealing with eating disorders, and attempting to cope with skewed attitudes towards food and obsessive behaviours. This article brings into focus several other types of eating disorders which are equally as serious Anorexia nervosa, where a person restrictsRead More

Can obesity be viewed as an eating disorder in the same way as anorexia?

Obesity is an eating disorder just like anorexia – and it’s time we started treating it that way. In an article published in the Independent 23rd Feb 2016 Natasha Devon argues that obesity is just as much an eating disorder as anorexia. She raises a very important case on how societyRead More

Moving animated video shows reality of living with ADHD from a child’s perspective

In this  animation a boy living with ADHD faces several challenges throughout his day, such as struggling in class, difficulties in society and everyday interactions. WATCH HERE

Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it: Richard Bentall

In this excellent article in the Guardian 26th Feb 2016 Christina Patterson provides a deeply insightful report on the current state of mental health as viewed from a psychiatric standpoint. It matters how we talk and think about mental health. Get it wrong, and people can end up being misled,Read More

Domestic abuse domestic violence

Here at Redbridge Counselling we take domestic abuse very seriously. If you want to speak to one of our specialist counsellors please do not hesitate to contact us immediately. We understand how difficult it can be to discuss your situation with someone else and will provide you with a safeRead More

NICE guidelines for psychological therapy – overstepping the evidence?

In an article published in the Guardian on Friday 5 Feb 2016, (Keith R Laws is a Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at the School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire.) See Guardian  Keith R Laws outlines the case that the research conducted by NICE (National Institute for HealthRead More

Winter blues

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  MIND SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe during the winter. The symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter. They’re typically most severe during December, January and February. SAD often improves and disappearsRead More


The Top 4 Reasons Relationships Fail It’s not just infidelity and anger. There are other crucial red flags. Melanie Greenberg Ph.D. The Mindful Self-Express Psychology Today Posted Mar 31, 2015 Source: A committed, loving relationship is one of life’s greatest joys—and accomplishments.  Loving relationships can be the foundation ofRead More