Managing Stress in Life

By | 2017-11-13T17:43:03+00:00 November 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 [...]

The psychology of self harming teens

By | 2017-09-02T12:41:57+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Anxiety, CBT, Children, Depression, Grief and Loss, Hypnosis, Journaling, Meditation, Men, Mindfulness, Parents, Positive Psychology, Resilience, Resources for referrers, Self-esteem, Stress, Suicide, Trauma, Women, Young Adults|

Self harming Teens – what’s it all about? Teenagers who self harm typically describe either a surge of emotions which can be overwhelming or an absence of feeling, described as feeling “numb”.  Sometimes the behaviour can be viewed by others as a way of seeking attention, though for lots of people who self harm it [...]

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6 risk factors for Postnatal Depression

By | 2017-08-25T17:42:26+00:00 August 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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Hypnosis – what is it and how is it useful?

By | 2017-07-29T10:06:00+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Anxiety, Childbirth, Couples, Depression, Grief and Loss, Hypnosis, Men, Pain Management, Parents, Performance Enhancement, Self-esteem, Smoking Cessation, Trauma, Weight Loss, Women, Young Adults|

What is hypnosis ? Hypnosis is a therapeutic tool, rather than a therapy in itself.  Using hypnosis can help people be more open to helpful ideas and suggestions - to develop a mindset in order to see how to achieve a goal, instead of limiting yourself. The process of hypnosis involves three steps: an induction, [...]

Scared of needles? Needle phobia? How we can help

By | 2017-06-07T16:01:35+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Anxiety, Children, Exposure Therapy, Hypnosis, Meditation, Men, Resources for referrers, Stress, Women, Young Adults|

Let's talk about needle phobia Over the last few weeks I've visited a number of medical practices to establish good working relationships between our new practice and doctors, nurses, allied health and admin staff. I’ve met a lot of really good people who I can see, like me, enjoy helping patients to get to a [...]

Saying Goodbye to someone with Cancer

By | 2017-06-07T14:48:53+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Anxiety, Children, Couples, Exposure Therapy, Grief and Loss, Hypnosis, Men, Parents, Resilience, Resources for referrers, Stress, Trauma, Women, Workplace, Young Adults|

To simply hear the word cancer can send fear into our hearts and minds. Many people know someone who has suffered with cancer, me included. Sometimes the feelings of grief and loss can feel like the end of our happiness, but psychologists can do a lot to help manage the pain of watching a loved-one [...]

Trauma in the workplace

By | 2017-04-20T13:30:48+00:00 March 13th, 2017|EMDR, Hypnosis, Men, Mindfulness, Resilience, Trauma, Women, Workplace|

The word 'trauma' is commonly used in our day-to-day language, but people who have actually been traumatised often say little about it. The definition of trauma From a psychology perspective, a trauma is defined as an event where you have been involved (either directly or as a witness to something) where someone (you or another) [...]

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

By | 2017-04-20T14:16:06+00:00 July 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. [...]