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…

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt The truth is that there will always be someone who is trying to tear you down. They may be overt with their belittling behaviour or they may be passive-aggressive. Passive-aggressive behaviour can…

How to snap out of a negative mindset

How to snap out of a negative mindset

Find out ways to snap out of a negative mindset in this blog post.

Learn how to focus your thinking

Learn how to focus your thinking

If you want to self-actualise you need to control those errant thoughts that distract you so often what’s really important. Read below for my advice given in an recent interview…Mandy X   The Power of Managing Your Thoughts       Photo by Elena Taranenko on Unsplash

Three simple ways to reduce stress and anxiety

Three simple ways to reduce stress and anxiety

There are three simple ways to reduce stress and anxiety. If you’re anything like me, I find life stressful to varying degree but it’s rare that I have days on end with no stress or anxiety. Knowing simple ways to reduce stress and anxiety is…