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depression

Can you prevent mental health problems?

Challenges to our mental health seem to be a part of life, a part of life with an important function. These challenges create the opportunity to learn, to develop, to evolve. The suffering that they involve providing the impetus for that development. However, there is a line past which these challenges create more suffering than is, useful. So, I’m going

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online therapy session

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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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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Prince Harry

Prince Harry & Mental Health

Prince Harry Discloses Seeking Help with Mental Health Prince Harry has revealed that he pursued counselling after he “shut down all his emotions” for nearly two decades as a result of struggling to cope with grief of his mother’s death.  In his interview with The Telegraph Prince Harry shared, “my way of dealing with it was sticking my head in

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13 Reasons

13 Reasons Why – Is Suicide Trivialised?

Why “13 Reasons Why” Has Sparked Controversy Mental health organisations have criticised Netflix for their latest original series 13 Reasons Why.  The shows protagonist takes her own life, leaving behind a set of pre-recorded tapes to various recipients with the intent to enlighten how that person contributed to her act.  Viewers learn that her suicide was performed as a ‘revenge

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phobia

Emetophobia – How can therapy help?

In a recent article from BBC News we learnt of a young woman’s fear of vomiting, also known as Emetophobia which affects thousands of people in the UK.  Emetophobes have a fear of vomiting, seeing others being sick, feeling nauseous or seeing vomitus – the phobia is often characterised by avoidance behaviours for example the sufferer may restrict their diet

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Anxiety therapy

Radio 4 Discusses Anxiety Problems

Anxiety, the often debilitating problem suffered by millions of people worldwide, was the topic under discussion on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour this morning.  Highlighting the overwhelmingly distressing nature of the physical and psychological symptoms of this mental health problem the programme talked to Dr David Clarke, a Professor of Psychology and expert in the field of Anxiety and Cognitive

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I need help sleeping

Dear Dr Gray, I have a sleep problem. I can usually get to sleep without too much trouble but I then wake up a couple of hours later and find it almost impossible to get back to sleep.  Some nights I get as little as 2 hours sleep. I had some counselling sessions a few months ago and was taught

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Stress

Stress

Stress is a type of anxiety and it is the way that we respond to a challenge. Stress involves a reaction from both our mind and body and in appropriate measure stress is an adaptive, helpful and necessary way of dealing with demands. Stress motivates us to deal with tasks; once our brain identifies a challenge or demand it releases

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Sleep problems

Sleep Problems and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Sleep problems are incredibly common and affect millions of people each year. Sleep problems can be incredibly anxiety provoking causing both emotional distress and physical discomfort. Sleep problems can also affect memory, concentration, energy levels, and mood and can make you more prone to both physical and mental health problems. A sleep problem however is usually a symptom of more

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how to choose a therapist

The difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy

There are over 500 different types of talking therapy all aimed at helping people to resolve psychological, interpersonal and behavioural problems including anxiety, depression, low self esteem, eating disorders (including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder), relationship problems, stress and panic. These psychological treatments each have their own name for example Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Counselling,

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Accident and Emergency

Majority of Heart Attack Victims Could Just Be Anxious

Research Suggests Large Numbers of People Suspected Of Having Heart Attacks Are Actually Suffering From Anxiety. A significant majority of patients presenting to Accident and Emergency departments with a suspected heart attack are in fact experiencing a severe attack of Anxiety.  A number of studies have found that among those attending emergency departments with a chief complaint of chest pain

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Patient survey results

Counselling – Patient Survey Results

This data is drawn from a sample of 306 patients (169 women and 137 men) who received a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from The British CBT & Counselling Service between 2008 and 2011 for a range of mental health problems including anxiety (24.8%), panic attacks (17.3%), depression (4.9%), bereavement (4.9%) , obsessive compulsive disorder (7.1%), post traumatic stress disorder (3.9%),

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Couple looking to the future

The Future Of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

The Office for National Statistics recently predicted that 35% of people born this year will live to be 100 years old. This poses a significant challenge for both physical and mental health services as this ageing population will need increased resources in order to maintain their health and wellbeing . A number of factors need to be considered and incorporated

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People turn to private counselling services as NHS makes cuts

Room For Improvement Says Audit Into NHS Mental Health Services

A recent report into the psychological care received by patients with Anxiety and Depression within the NHS revealed substantial room for improvement. The National Audit of Psychological Therapies, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership and carried out by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre for Quality Improvement, collected data from over 350 services and over 10,000 people in therapy for

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Therapist qualifications

Is Your Therapist As Qualified As They Say They Are?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the government as the treatment of choice for a range of mental health problems including Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder).  In many cases the evidence has proven it to be more effective in alleviating symptoms and

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