Blog Articles by Dr Holly Kahya

Blog Articles by Dr Holly Kahya


Dr Holly Kahya

About Me

I have always been interested in psychology and philosophy: how do we live a full and meaningful life in the face of the inevitable challenges we face as human beings on this planet? I find it a real honour to work therapeutically with people and get great reward from seeing my clients grow. I work to create a safe, warm and accepting space where problems can be discussed and fresh possibility explored.


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How To Beat The Winter Blues – Part 3

How to Beat the Winter Blues – Part 3 In part 1 of How to beat the winter blues we explored some of the biological factors contributing to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  In Part 2 we explored how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy might help us manage the symptoms of SAD.  In Part 3 we will now explore the way in which our thoughts also effect what we do and how we feel. Challenging how we think From the perspective of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy the way we think effects how we feel and […]...

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Why Do We Have Halloween?

by Dr Holly Kahya - 31st October, 2016
Why Do We Have Halloween?

Why do we have Halloween? It’s time to carve and light the pumpkins, don the fangs and liberally drizzle the fake blood!  Halloween is the time to revel in the darkness and delight in savage, gruesome and thrilling.  Of course, this is particularly exciting for many of us precisely because we feel under a certain amount of social pressure from society to hide the less palatable sides of ourselves – our anger, envy, jealousy, greed; our raw ‘animal’ sides.  But for a long time, psychology has recognised that not only […]...

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How To Beat The Winter Blues – Part 2

How to Beat the Winter Blues – Part 2 As the darker night’s approach and the weather worsens in part 1 of How to beat the winter blues we explored a bit about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and some of the biological factors that might account for symptoms of sleepiness/sleep disturbance, lethargy, low mood/depression, and changes in appetite.  In Part 2 we will explore how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy might help us to change what we do to cope, to reduce the symptoms of SAD. Changing what we do Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy […]...

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How To Beat The Winter Blues – Part 1

How to Beat the Winter Blues – Part 1 It’s that time of year again:  the clocks are changing back, the days get shorter and many of us can begin to notice a dip in mood.  Whether you simply suffer from a touch of autumnal apathy or veer towards Seasonal Affective Disorder, it’s good to plan ahead in order to beat the winter blues. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression which starts during the autumn period, worsens during the winter months, […]...

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