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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...

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...

It’s Wednesday evening and I, alongside millions of others, have just watched the mens England football team play Croatia in the semi finals of the football world cup. I really wanted them to win not least so I could watch them play in the final for the first time in my lifetime. My husband and I were on the edge...

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...

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