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Online interactions are becoming more and more common and popular but with something as personal as therapy, prospective clients often understandably have a few questions. Here, we go through and answer some of the more common questions we get in regards to online therapy: What is online therapy? Online Therapy is very similar to face-to-face therapy but it enables you to have...

Most of us are much harsher on ourselves than on those around us and many of us would never dream of speaking to our friends the way we speak to ourselves. The put downs, the invalidation, the name calling, the 'shoulds' and the unrelenting demands, which come in the form of subtle whispers and loud sirens, are usually unique to...

Having lived in the US for the last 3 years I have come to love Thanksgiving and the practice of connecting to what we are grateful for and expressing our gratitude to those who have impacted us.So on behalf of Rachel, Justine, Antonella, Sonarzu, Sarah, Hattie and I, I’d like to express our gratitude to all of our clients....

I recently contributed a chapter to a new book entitled 'Creative methods in Schema Therapy', published by Routledge. The chapter is entitled 'Developing a compassionate mind to strengthen the healthy adult' and is co-authored with Dr Chris Irons.A central goal of Schema Therapy is to strengthen the 'Healthy Adult'. Our Healthy Adult is vital for all of the changes we...

Does serenity really come from accepting what you can’t change and changing what you can? Dr Sarah Whitaker, a specialist in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) explores this important question in more detail;Sidestepping the religious association with this question, the quick answer, is yes… it often does. This is because there is a lot of wasted energy that goes into...

Keeping our mind healthy is essential for our wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around us, especially our partners and kids. This is true at any time but is often more challenging and perhaps more essential in times of acute stress, the likes of which most of us are experiencing right now. The Healthy Mind Platter  So how can we cultivate the...

We are living in a challenging period with the Coronavirus causing us all distress and uncertainty. In these difficult times, it's often our mental health that suffers. It's important for us to be aware of the impact and, while we respond to some of the challenges we face, also tend to our mental health. Mental Health and the Coronavirus There are a...

I recently came across a video addressing the need to be OK with feeling sad. This  really resonated with me as all too often, our Psychological difficulties arise when we have repressed feelings for long periods of time, often years and even turn into depression. These feelings are a signal to us that something isn't right and we need to...

Parenting can be one of the most rewarding life experiences, and it can pose it's own collection of challenges. With parenting being one of the foundational factors for mental well-being, for both the parent and parented, it pays to think carefully, reflect and adapt our parenting styles.This weekend, join tens of thousands of other parents, professionals, researchers, and authors sharing...

I don’t normally follow the lives of the Royal family but the recent news of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex stepping back from their roles in the royal family caught my attention. Breaking free from expectations placed on us, be it by society or our families, can take a tremendous amount of courage especially when our families either...

I recently came across the story of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein which many people think is a story about generosity but is a helpful story to understand self sacrifice. If you are not familiar with the tale it is about a boy who has a very special bond with a tree. As he grows up, he makes frequent...

A welcome Break Last month I was fortunate enough to take a holiday. I had been really looking forward to the break and especially the feeling of relaxation and happiness that comes with time away from every day stressors such as remembering passwords to log into my online banking and waiting for the wheel to stop spinning on my laptop when...

Sometimes, even though we seem to have everything we aspire for in life, we still feel unhappy. Understanding what drives us, our modes, can help us work out why we may not feel happy and what to do about it....

In my last blog post, I focused on stress, and I touched on how to build resilience so we can adapt well and bend rather than break in the face of stress and adversity. I also introduced the Healthy Mind Platter, designed by professor Dan Siegel and Dr David Rock which outlines seven daily essential mental activities for optimum mental...