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What to do when life kicks you in the teeth

There’s not a person alive who hasn’t been in this place at some point in their lives. Your house has been flooded, you lose your job, and your significant other decides to leave suddenly. The list is endless and we all react to huge and unexpected stressors in the same way. We panic and decide […]

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. […]

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 […]

There are only 3 things that actually make us happy.

1. Engagement 2. Fun 3. Achievement I speak to people on a regular basis who are struggling with various levels of low mood (depression). There is of course a huge spectrum of low mood ranging from a feeling of ‘something just not being quite right’ to a full on, deep, dark clinical depression, and everything […]

Top tips to avoid Christmas stress

Be Realistic – Don’t let your dreams of a perfect Christmas get the better of you by keeping your expectations realistic.  Make a list of the things you need to do, and would like to do over Christmas and put the list in order of importance.  Lists are a good way of helping us to […]

Worry

I was asked an interesting question yesterday: “What is the difference between ‘normal worry’ and worry induced by clinical anxiety?” or to give the latter it’s proper title, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). I defined the difference as being the following: ‘Normally’, any worrying thoughts that you allow yourself, must have the purpose of problem solving and […]

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:

The Hopelessness of Suicide

I find it more saddening than most when I hear about people driven to the utter hopelessness that epitomises suicide. L’Wren Scott and the stories being released in the press about her suicide remind us that people from all walks of life are susceptible to this feeling of ultimate despair. Much is being made about […]

What to do when life kicks you in the teeth

There’s not a person alive who hasn’t been in this place at some point in their lives. Your house has been flooded (very topical at the moment!), you lose your job, and your significant other decides to leave suddenly. The list is endless and we all react to huge and unexpected stressors in the same […]

How often should you have a session with me?

I often get asked about doing twice weekly sessions or even people wanting to come in every day. I appreciate that when people have made the decision to sort something out once and for all they want to get on with it as quickly as possible, but unfortunately this tactic does not work.

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