Category: Children & Parenting

Relationship therapy

Relationship Problems

Relationship Problems Through our lives it’s inevitable that we’ll experience a number of relationships problems. These could be with our partners, our children, our family, or friends. When these relationships start to run into problems, we can be left feeling distressed, upset and highly anxious. These feelings can spread out and effect those who are closest to us. It’s therefore

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Couples therapy for trauma

The Benefits of Therapy for Children

The National Health Institute (NHS) tells us that mental health conditions do not only affect adults, children can develop them too. However, developmental age can affect how a person responds to therapy. This is why people have developed therapies for children which have proven to often be more effective for young people. At The British CBT & Counselling, we offer

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online therapy

Why Get Family Counselling?

Family dynamics have a crucial role in individuals’ lives every step of the way. Whether blood-related, blended, foster or adopted. This could sometimes lead to some distress and collective unhappiness. Why Get Family Counselling? This could be due to various different reasons and sometimes family counselling would be the best way to resolve the issues. Here are a few reasons

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Counselling After A Miscarriage

Having A Miscarriage A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks (NHS, 2018). Sadly, many women across the whole world experience miscarriages and figures show that 1 in 3 pregnancies end in miscarriage for those that know they are pregnant. A large sum of miscarriages happens before a woman is even aware that they have

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Depression therapy

Not the Grades They Wanted? 3 Things That Can Help

The majority of us get anxious over exams and receiving exam results can be just as nerve wracking. Here are three things you can do when your child doesn’t get the grades they wanted. Actively Listen Active listening is a skill using both verbal and non-verbal signs of listening. Such as positive reinforcement, summarising and clarification, maintaining eye contact, mirroring

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Treating Childhood Depression

Treating Depression in Children

It is estimated that in the UK alone there are 80,000 children suffering from Depression, that equates to about 4% of children. In this blog I am going to go through what treatment for these children involves. Unfortunately, there is currently no good quality evidence indicating what the best treatment for children with depression is. So, I am going to

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Depression in Children

How to Spot Depression in Children

 Low mood in children is often dismissed as a passing phase, sometimes as just part of growing up. However, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence estimates that in the UK alone 80,000 children suffer from depression, 8,000 of those are under 10. Depression is not a problem that will just go away on its own. Here are the signs

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Dealing with Exam Stress

How To Deal With Exam Stress

In this blog I am going to describe 5 tips for dealing with exam stress and a 6th tip if you are a parent reading this trying to help your child. The first thing to remember is that a certain amount of anxiety and stress in the lead up to exams is normal and necessary. Nature has designed us to

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How to Tackle Bullying

How To Tackle Bullying

 In this blog I am going to describe a 10-step plan to tackle bullying. 1. Work Closely with your Child’s School Sooner Rather than Later The sooner you can start working with the school to stop your child being bullied the better. This may seem like an obvious thing to say but bullying is often a contentious issue and

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Disney Pixar's Inside Out

5 ways to help your child cope with anxiety

Anxiety is common in childhood and, as parents, you are the best resource your child has to get through it. Here are 5 things you can do straight away to support them. 1. Remind them they’re not alone Remember going through something difficult as a child and feeling like you were the only person in the world this was happening

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social media

How To Spot Cyberbullying And What To Do About It

How To Spot Cyberbullying And What To Do About It With the recent advances in technology and the internet, bullying has been taken to a whole new level.  Kids, teens and adults are all prone to being cyber bullied via social media channels and websites.  Cyberbullies are just the same as regular bullies, except it can sometimes feel even scarier

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Pokemon go

Positive Effects of Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go launched in the UK last month, and with more downloads than Tinder and more average daily users than Twitter, it’s safe to say the world has been taken over by pocket monster hunters. With GPS tracking – to play the game – Pokémon Go requires you get out and about.  On your travels Pokémon appear at random with

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Stressed parents

How to Keep Your Parenting Cool

Being a calm, laid back parent is something that most parents aspire to. We all realise that we are the architects of our children’s personalities, the single biggest influence on them. And it is not just the things that we plan to teach them that they learn from but from every single thing that we say and do. Children are

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Good nights sleep

How to Help your Child Deal with Nightmares

When we sleep our brains process what has happened to us during the day.  New experiences (good and bad) present challenges that require additional processing, so dreams are often more vivid following an eventful day. Children’s lives are full of new experiences which makes them much more prone to vivid dreams and nightmares than adults.  Therefore, the first thing to

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Childrens anger

How to Help your Child Deal with Anger

In the first part of this blog we look at what not to do when helping your child to deal with anger and how to teach them to reduce their anger to a more tolerable level. 1. What not to do Anger is a strong (often overwhelming) emotion, so however inconvenient, embarrassing or frustrating it is when your child gets

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Children

How to Help Your Child Deal with Low Self Esteem and Low Confidence

Low Self Esteem and Confidence underpins the majority of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, eating disorders (inc. anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and many behavioural problems. Couple this with the fact that most mental health problems develop before the age of 18 years and the importance of helping your child to deal

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Child Psychologist

How to Help Your Child Deal with Anxiety

1. Don’t Minimise Their Anxiety Anxiety is an evolutionary response to a perceived threat, therefore if your child is suffering from anxiety it is because they believe that they are at risk from harm, so even if you do not share this perception, you must take theirs seriously. Minimising how they feel, telling them not to ‘be silly’ or trying

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counselling for young people

How To Fail – The Most Important Lesson To Teach Our Children

Encouraging competition and achievement is the cornerstone upon which western societies are built and as a result our fear of failure is frequently the biggest obstacle that we face when embarking upon new challenges . However, every psychological study of enhancing success says that if you want to help people gain confidence and succeed you need to focus on their

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Counselling for young people

Counselling and CBT for young people

Young People and Counselling It is easy to assume that it is only rigours and demands of adult life that can lead to mental health issues that would benefit from CBT counselling and other forms of support. However, recent studies into the mental health of young adults at university and their access to counselling support, together with significant Government funding

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Dealing with Bullying

Bullying is an experience that is not limited by age, whether you are in the playground or at work if you suffer from low self esteem and confidence you are vulnerable. A bully will only target those that they perceive will accept the bad treatment and abuse, have you ever heard of a confident assertive and self assured individual being

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Do We Need To Learn How To Be Parents?

The foundation of our self esteem and confidence and therefore our mental health lies in our early childhood experiences and so therefore with our parents. It is through the explicit and implicit messages that they give us that we develop the beliefs about ourselves, our value and capacity and what to expect from other people and the world, which form

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Group excitement

Excitement Can Become Addictive!

Excitement can become addictive. For example, some researchers are concerned that children’s use of video games, particularly those that involve aggression, may be over stimulating the dopamine drive system. Each time the children score or a make a hit, their brains may be receiving little bursts of dopamine that stimulate their nervous systems. If you over stimulate the nervous system,

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Children

How To Fail – The Most Important Lesson To Teach Our Children

Encouraging competition and achievement is the cornerstone of capitalism and the foundation upon which western societies are built and as a result our fear of failure is frequently the biggest obstacle that we face when embarking upon new challenges.  However, every psychological study of enhancing success says that if you want to help people gain confidence and succeed you need

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