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How to conquer long-held and deep-seated fears (Radio interview)

By |2018-05-25T17:49:10+00:00May 24th, 2018|Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Anxiety, CBT, Children, Couples, EMDR, Exposure Therapy, Groups, Hypnosis, LAFM, Men, Panic Attacks, Parents, Resilience, Stress, Trauma, Women, Workplace, Young Adults|

It’s amazing how long our minds hang on to the negative stuff that has happened in our lives. We know that when something negative happens and it’s distressing to us, our mind tends to create an unconscious plan to avoid it (the distressing emotion) from ever happening again. Psychology calls it a defence mechanism. If, [...]

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It’s the “Season for Growth”

By |2018-04-19T19:02:24+00:00April 19th, 2018|Anxiety, Couples, Depression, Grief and Loss, Groups, Men, Panic Attacks, Parents, Stress, Women, Young Adults|

Major change in our life can be both welcomed and celebrated (like the birth of a child, moving to a new location) or despairing and heart breaking (such as redundancy, relationship breakups, illness or a bereavement). Every situation of change brings with it an emotional, physical and even psychological reaction often catching us unaware. Change [...]

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Managing Stress in Life

By |2017-11-13T17:43:03+00:00November 10th, 2017|Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Anxiety, CBT, Couples, Exposure Therapy, Groups, Hypnosis, Journaling, Men, Mindfulness, Panic Attacks, Parents, Positive Psychology, Resilience, Self-esteem, Stress, Women, Workplace, Yoga, Young Adults|

What is stress? It is not uncommon for people to say they are feeling "stressed" at some time or another. Psychologically speaking, stress is not only very healthy but also one of the basic parts of learning and growth. Because that base level of stress is such a normal part of being human, not many of [...]

6 risk factors for Postnatal Depression

By |2017-08-25T17:42:26+00:00August 25th, 2017|CBT, Childbirth, Depression, Groups, Hypnosis, Meditation, Mindfulness, Parents, Positive Psychology, Resources for referrers, Women|

What is postnatal depression? For many people becoming a mother (or parent) is a mixed experience. For some, one of life's most joyful experiences also becomes one of their most challenging.  Psychologists know that any difficult experience increases the risk of a person developing some level of anxiety or depression. Postnatal depression (PND) and depression [...]

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Psychological coping strategies – What school doesn’t teach us about happiness!

By |2017-04-20T14:16:06+00:00July 12th, 2016|Brainstorming, Couples, Depression, Groups, Hypnosis, Journaling, Meditation, Men, Mindfulness, Women, Workplace, Workshops, Young Adults|

There are many ways that we each learn to respond or react to different situations, usually from a young age, so that our "coping strategy" becomes so automatic that it becomes unconscious to us. It can be like a "blind spot" like we have when we drive, you don't know what you are not seeing. [...]