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Couples Trauma Therapy

The Applications Of Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy can be used for a multitude of psychological and emotional issues. The therapy itself is based on unity and wholeness.  It is a humanistic therapy meaning that the goal is to help each individual realise their own strengths. This is done by offering judgement free understanding and experience. By using a humanistic approach in regards to therapy, the

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Rising Fuel Bills Impacting Mental Health

With lockdown over and life returning to normal we might have expected some calmer times to allow us to get our lives back on track. Sadly, the invasion of Ukraine has meant this is nearly impossible. Rising costs The Russian invasion of Ukraine is devastating for those in the country. It’s also having a massive effect around the world, in

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Bringing You Out Of Your Low Mood

Everyone feels low once in a while. It’s a part of being human. It sucks to have a low mood and not know what to do to come out of it. We’ve got some suggestions on what you could do to boost your mood if you need them today. How Do You know If You have A Low Mood? Before

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What Is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?

So you have decided that therapeutic support might just help you. Great! Now, your journey to improving your mental health can move onto the next step: finding a therapeutic method that suits you and your needs. During the course of this blog post, we will discuss just one of these methods: Cognitive Analytic Therapy. What Is Cognitive Analytic Therapy? Cognitive

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How to Beat the Winter Blues

How to Beat the Winter Blues 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.

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Back to Work Blues

Back to Work Blues The majority of the working population has started going back to work at some stage this week. And if you were amongst that group of people, you most likely felt a little bit sad and miserable about it… Feeling blue when going back to work after holidays is a recognised phenomenon and has been variously named

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Do You Have Low Self Esteem?

Low Self-Esteem is much more common than you may think and is one of the main risk factors for developing a mental health problem, in particular Depression, Anxiety, an Eating Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Also, if you don’t address low self-esteem, any treatment that you received for a mental health problem is unlikely to have a long lasting

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Self Therapy

In this blog I am going to show you how to carry out your own therapy session. The techniques are based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is currently the most effective treatment for a wide range of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and confidence. 1. Set aside 10-15 minutes, once a week. It

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antenatal depression

What Is Antenatal Depression?

Antenatal Depression (AND) is a type of Depression that effect 7-20% of women during pregnancy. It is the strongest risk factor for Postnatal Depression (PND) but is talked about far less, despite the fact that research suggests treating it will not only protect against PND and Parenting Stress but also Depression that continues long after the birth of your baby.

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Bipolar Depression

What is Bipolar Depression

Bipolar Disorder (previously known as Manic Depression) is a mental health disorder that affects your mood with sufferers having extreme swings between periods of depression and mania. During periods of depressions sufferers will experience lethargy, overwhelming feelings of worthlessness, sadness and sometimes thoughts of suicide. During periods of mania, sufferers will feel ‘wired’ and behave impulsively and frenetically. They will

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How Do You Treat Yourself?

If you are struggling with a mental health problem, particularly depression, the answer to this question is likely to be ‘not very well’. The way that we treat ourselves has a big impact on how we feel. It can be the difference between good mental health and bad mental health. From the things that we do or neglect to do

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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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Help for Friends and Family of Mental Health Sufferers

 Being close to someone who is suffering from a mental health problem can be very difficult, not knowing how to help, feeling confused about what is going on, feeling frustrated with the person, the situation, or yourself, maybe feeling isolated and hopeless about what to do next. In this blog I am going to share 6 tips to help

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I believe in me

A Quick Tip for Low Self-Esteem And Depression

Here is a quick tip to help you in the battle against low self-esteem and depression. To a certain extent rules help us to live our lives, they keep us safe both physically and emotionally and they guide us in a productive direction. The most powerful rules are the rules we make for ourselves. However, past a certain point these

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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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Perfectionism

What is Perfectionism?

Perfectionism is when trying to do your best tips over into a desire to perform at the highest possible level in most things. Clinical Perfectionism is when this desire becomes something that you NEED to do in order to feel ok about yourself and when you fall short of this unrelenting standard you harshly criticise yourself. Do you suffer from

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Why Is Belle Dingle Hearing Voices?

In recent weeks Emmerdale’s Belle Dingle has seen a return of the distressing voices that we first saw her experiencing back in 2014. But what causes someone to hear voices in the first place? In this blog I explain what is meant by voice hearing and what you can do if it affects you or someone you know. Our thoughts

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Coping with Depression

4 Tips To Cope With Depression

 It is estimated by the World Health Organisation that if current trends continue, by 2020 Depression will be the second most disabling condition in the world, after heart disease. There are however some very effective strategies that can help you to cope with Depression, in this blog I am going to share 4 of the best. 1. Activity Scheduling

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Self Harm

How To Cope With Self-Harm – 3 Steps

 In this blog I am going to explain a 3-step approach to cope with Self-Harm. Self-harm is a discrete episode where someone intentionally harms themselves when distressed and that harm reduces the distress. The urge to self-harm is usually impossible to resist and those that harm themselves are frequently unable to tell anyone and if they do people are

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Could Aidan Connor’s Suicide have been Prevented?

This week on Coronation Street Aidan Connor committed suicide, but could his death have been prevented? The short answer is ‘yes’, but unfortunately, although suicide is very preventable, it is the single biggest killer of men under 45. 50% of all those who die by suicide have been diagnosed with Depression and by 2020 it is estimated that Depression will

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How to deal with Anger

Five Steps To Help You Deal With Anger

In this blog I am going to explain 5 steps to help you to deal with your anger. Anger is an unpleasant emotion to experience and to be on the receiving end of. It can damage relationships and reputations and leave all involved feeling anxious and depressed and angry. However, anger serves an important function, it alerts us to mistreatment

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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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Olympian Jack Green on Mental Health Care

Sprint athlete, Jack Green is representing Team GB in Rio and earlier last week qualified to compete in the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles.  Speaking with the BBC shortly after qualifying, Green commented on the mental and physical difficulties of the sport and stated he had made “steps forward” in relation to improving his mental health.  Green previously claimed he

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I have no energy

Dear Dr Gray, I am not sure what is wrong with me, I feel terrible, I have no energy, I’m miserable, I struggle to get out of bed in the morning and feel completely worthless. I have also started to feel anxious if I have to leave the house. Please help. Simon (Clapham) Dr Gray Replies…….. Dear Simon, Your lack

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Self harm counselling

Overcoming Self Harm / Self Injurious Behaviour

Overcoming Self Harm / Self Injurious Behaviour Self Harm or Self Injurious Behaviour is where an individual causes physical harm to themselves. Self harm can either be impulsive (the behaviour is not planned in advance but performed in a reactive way in response to an unforeseen trigger) or compulsive (carried out with intent and forethought). Self harm includes behaviours such

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Midlife Crisis

Midlife Crisis Towards the middle of our lives we experience a flood of awareness. This can be triggered by any number of events including health problems, divorce, death or children leaving home. At this point in our lives we realise that we have lived at least half of our life, we start to review what we have achieved and consider

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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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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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Excercise to beat depression

Walk to combat depression

It has long been recognised that vigorous exercise such as going to the gym, running, swimming and cycling can alleviate the symptoms of Depression. New research, published in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity , has shown that walking also has a ”large effect” on depression and an individuals mental health. As simple a task as taking a brisk

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Calls to Mental Health Services rise by almost a third in the last 12 months

Mental health charity Mind has reported a 28% annual increase in calls to it’s helpline and blames the recession for the rise. Calls regarding personal finance and job security have doubled in that time as families and individuals find their personal finances are stretched ever further as the costs of food, fuel and clothes continue to rise whilst salaries are

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MP Charles Walker

Mental health taboos challenged in Parliament

One in four people in the UK will suffer from mental health problems at some point in their lives.  However despite this, mental health continues to be a taboo topic with the problems that people experience, surrounded by stigma, creating obstacles to treatment and an exacerbation of symptoms via isolation and hopelessness about change. In a first for British parliament

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Mental Health Treatment: Is The NHS Letting You Down?

There are more people on capacity benefits due to mental health problems than the total number of unemployed people on job seekers allowance. By 2030 Depression will be the world’s most common illness according to the World Health Organisation. As evidence suggests that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is currently the most effective treatment available for a range of mental health problems

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Does Modern Life Make Us Sad?

Modern life in and of itself does not have the power to make us sad.  If it did it would have the same effect on everyone.  It is how we think about things and the way we respond to them that affects how we feel. Those who have a strong sense of their own worth are able to think about

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