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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...

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...

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