The psychology behind hoarding

The psychology behind hoarding

Hoarding is a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Individuals feel the need to hoard things as a means of staying safe. It’s normal to have some degree of hoarding. I find it very hard to chuck old clothes and always think I may need them in…

Covid-19 and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Covid-19 and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? (PTSD) PTSD describes a collection of symptoms that some people have after their life was in danger, or where there was the possibility of suffering serious injury. You might also feel this way when you witness these kinds of…

Healing Your Anxiety: Effects & Defects Of Top 3 Popular Methods

Healing Your Anxiety: Effects & Defects Of Top 3 Popular Methods

Have you ever felt that your heart is beating so fast in response to a stressful situation? Or maybe, your palms may get sweaty when you’re confronted with a remarkable event or task? That’s how anxiety kicks in as a response to our body’s natural…

The foolproof mood-boosting plan

The foolproof mood-boosting plan

The foolproof mood-boosting plan is made up of seven simple ways to feel happier now. You can choose to feel happier with your lot in life without tons of money, a romantic partner, or any other things that might be on your wish list. Self-improvement…

How counselling helps fight against depression

How counselling helps fight against depression

There are varying levels of depression. Some people can be too depressed for counselling to be effective, (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Psychotherapy) and these clients are usually referred on to a Psychiatrist for help. Some people need anti-depressants to pull them out of their severe…

Counsellors are human too

Counsellors are human too

It’s one of my pet peeves when someone says, “You shouldn’t have any problems, you’re a counsellor”. Or, if I make a mistake, I am sometimes told, “Well you should know better because you’re a counsellor”. If only life was that simple. If it was,…

Self isolation – week two corona virus

Self isolation – week two corona virus

Well the boredom continues. I often advise clients to take care of themselves as this can provide a psychological boost and improve your mood. With all this time on my hands, due to the coronia virus pandemic, I decided to take my own advice. I…

People don’t know themselves very well

People don’t know themselves very well

When Donald Trump tweeted that he was a  “very stable genius”,” he was accused of lacking self-awareness. The truth is that no one has perfect self-awareness and you probably believe quite a few things about yourself that are false. Whether it’s in trying to find…

How your thoughts distort reality

How your thoughts distort reality

There are many instances where an individual’s thoughts represent an inaccurate view of reality. In fact, I have seen many clients who have thought one thing about a situation and when we have reviewed the evidence, we have both seen how the client’s thoughts have…

Common intrusive thoughts

Common intrusive thoughts

We all experience intrusive thoughts. I have worried about suddenly shouting in a lift full of people (thankfully I never have) or doing some other sort of silly behaviour that would generally be frowned upon. This is very common. I thought you might find it…

Staying centered for high self belief

Staying centered for high self belief

Self belief can come and go. It’s hard to stay on top of things mentally at times. Life can be hard and we have an onsluaght of challenges daily. We compare ourselves to others, we see phot-shopped images daily of beautiful, impossibly perfect women. We…

What happens during counselling?

What happens during counselling?

I’ve been a counsellor for so long that it all seems very normal and natural to listen to complete strangers tell me their deepest secrets. I do appreciate however how strange this must feel to someone who is new to counselling. I thought it would…