Understanding panic attack triggers and how to counter them.

Panic attacks seem to blind-side you out of nowhere, but most of the time there is a trigger. If you can understand what triggers your panic attacks, you can learn to anticipate them, and work towards countering them. But first things first The symptoms of a panic attack Panic attacks can feel like a heart […]

Why Are You Still Struggling?

I’ve just had a review posted on my Facebook. Its an incredibly brave move to do so. Posting this may mean that somebody finally gets the help they need. Mental health is a problem that people don’t like to talk about, and the taboo of mental health problems means that people often don’t get the […]

The stigma of mental health problems

I always feel very honoured when people choose to work with me. I consider it a great privilege that they feel confident enough in my training and experience to help them through tough times to the other side. Sometimes people turn up in my office that have had a particularly tough time, and this client […]

What Will You Change?

I’m always on a quest to avoid using ‘psychobabble’ with people. Over the years I’ve developed a repertoire of phrases I use to talk about psychological theory, so that people find it easier to understand what’s going on for them. One of the phrases I use is ‘ground hog day’ based on the 1993 film. […]

How to stop depression returning.

When I help people to stop depression, an important part of the work is reinforcing the tools that worked for them to boost their mood levels and free themselves of depression. Together we develop a relapse prevention blueprint. It has been well documented that some people are more prone to recurrent bouts of depression and […]

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Paying attention to too much detail is the easiest way in the world to make yourself stressed and ensure that you feel totally overwhelmed with life. Some people are naturally ‘detail’ orientated and their default setting is to focus on the small details in life. This naturally detailed approach to the world is fantastic if […]

Step away from your laptop

One of the main things that help to keep people stuck in the health anxiety trap is to Google symptoms. Every twinge, ache, pain or change sends them to Google which unsurprisingly comes up with some very dramatic results. Now I know that all anxiety sufferers are aware of the reality but at that moment […]

OCD & The Simpsons

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is proven to be the most effective type of therapy in dealing with anxiety. OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) is a type of anxiety, where to try and reduce their anxiety sufferers think or ‘do’ things obsessively, compulsively or both. Whilst OCD takes lots of different formats in that people all have […]

Why CBT?

It’s a continual source of frustration to me that there are lots of people out there advertising themselves as being able to cure anxiety, depression, relationship problems and all manner of things when they are either unqualified to do so or very marginally qualified. The unfortunate thing at the moment is that anybody can call […]

Who is more at risk of developing a Panic Attack Disorder?

Millions of people in the UK experience panic attacks each year. But who is more at risk of developing a panic disorder? There are a number of different factors that increase the likelihood of developing this disorder:

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