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How to deal with a panic attack.

How to deal with a panic attack.

For the uninitiated, a panic attack striking out of the blue can be akin to having a heart attack. The symptoms are very similar, very real and very scary. Out of nowhere you suddenly have intense, overwhelming anxiety, accompanied by physical symptoms. Whilst not life threatening, these can leave you feeling very shaken and frightened, […]

Why resilience is the key to a happy life

Why resilience is the key to a happy life.

Resilience, are we born with it or is it a learned quality? Does that question even matter? No. Why is resilience the key to a happy life? What matters is the choices you make when you come face to face with adversity. Yes, having resilience by the bucket loads can help you ride the storm, […]

How to prevent anxiety from infiltrating your relationship.

If you suffer from anxiety, you’re probably aware of how it can work its way into every aspect of your life, and if you’re in a relationship, you’re probably anxious that it may infiltrate said relationship. So – How do you prevent anxiety from infiltrating your relationship? Maybe anxiety has already clawed its way in, […]

What is the difference between anxiety and depression

What’s the difference between anxiety and depression?

A recent report says that almost 80 million prescriptions for antidepressant drugs were given out in England in 2018, almost double the number of prescriptions dispensed in 2008. So, What’s the difference between anxiety and depression? One of the reasons cited by NHS England for this rise is the common misconception that there is a […]

Understanding panic attack triggers and how to counter them.

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. So understanding panic attack triggers and how to counter them is important. 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 […]

Are You A People Pleaser?

Are You A People Pleaser?

People pleasing is exhausting and usually leaves you feeling frustrated, angry and downtrodden. It’s ingrained behaviour and usually, goes hand in hand with low self-esteem. So, are you a people pleaser? People pleasers usually think this behaviour makes them feel better about themselves, as others like them more. What often surprises people pleasers is that […]

Why Are You Still Struggling?

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 […]

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