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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...

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...

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...

April is National Stress Awareness month and so I think it is fitting that this months blog is focused on stress. Stress is the response we typically have to pressure-be this in the form of threats or demands. Stress is often experienced as unpleasant and in some cases overwhelming. Stress isn’t a psychological diagnosis but chronic stress can lead to...

One of the most commonly asked questions we get asked is what is the difference between a Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and a Counsellor.People are often understandably confused about what these titles really mean and given these aren’t the only mental health professionals out there (there are also CBT therapists, specialist mental health nurse therapists, psychodynamic psychotherapists to name just...

Written by Dr Olivia ThriftI have just started a year long Mindfulness Teacher Training programme and am feeling very excited and inspired by what I am already learning. Mindfulness is central to my professional and personal life but the depth of such a practice needs to respected and thus I am always keen to enrich my understanding so I can...

I recently moved to Marin in California and one of the benefits that has come with this move is that every Wednesday evening I have the opportunity to attend a 2-hour meditation group with Dr Rick Hanson.Dr Rick Hanson is an American psychologist who has a particular interest in neuroscience and meditation. He is also passionate about evolutionary psychology...

Last month, following the defeat on England in the football wold cup I got to thinking how hard it is to manage feelings like disappointment and frustration or in actual fact any intense emotion and this became the focus of my July blog. Whilst I was writing that blog however I also got to wondering how as a team the...

People come to therapy for a whole host of reasons but in our culture it is more typical to come into therapy when you have an obvious psychological difficulty you want to work through. This is very understandable and therapy can be very helpful in overcoming problems such as depression, anxiety or a crisis of meaning. However, therapy can also...

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – or ACT, for short – gets it name from one of its core messages: to accept what is out of your personal control, while committing to do whatever you can do to improve your quality of life. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Surrey We offer Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in our clinic in Godalming (near Guildford) in...

Feeling empty and dissatisfied?With today’s work and life pressures, it is not uncommon to feel like life has become a pressure cooker and tolerating it can seem more and more challenging. Many of us can identify with feeling anxious on a Sunday night, waking in the early hours with your mind racing as we have jobs characterised by deadlines, pressures...

We are often asked what the difference is between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist and when is the best time to consult each profession.Web MD have a very good article on the difference between the two but ultimately, the main differences are:Firstly, Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MDs) who graduate from medical school and go on to speacialise in the assessment...

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