Tag: CBT

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…

How to nurture self belief

How to nurture self belief

How to build trust in yourself 1. Recognize that all humans are comprised of “good” and “bad” parts. In other words, we’re flawed beings. 2. Accept your dark, unsavory, and primitive parts. Change what you can, and accept that you will never be fully evolved.…

Self esteem – the feel good about yourself trap

Self esteem – the feel good about yourself trap

When we mix up practical problems with emotional issues, we make life a misery for ourselves. You may worry about being a success at work. That’s the practical problem that can be problem-solved but as humans, we tend to place an emotional interpretation onto practical…

Feeling depressed? Try Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Feeling depressed? Try Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

If you are feeling depressed, one way to help yourself is to seek out a counsellor or psychotherapist who is qualified in offerng Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These are highly qualified mental health experts who are post-graduate qualified. They have a first degree (mine is…

10 Things I Do to Stop Anxiety Defining Me

10 Things I Do to Stop Anxiety Defining Me

After dealing with anxiety for many years, the most crucial thing I’ve learned is that you can’t just let it win.    My wife sometimes describes me as “a warrior.” It’s not something I find easy to believe! However, on those rare occasions when I do…

Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

I’ve been a Cognitive behavioural therapist for so long now that I sometimes forget that many people don’t know that much about Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. Cognitive Behavioural therapy doesn’t work all the time but in many instances it helps change lives for the better. Cognitive…

How I made Cognitive Behavioural Therapy my career

How I made Cognitive Behavioural Therapy my career

I have always been intrigued by the reasons for people’s behaviour. I knew from an early age that Psychology was a major interest of mine but I wasn’t sure exactly what I would end up doing in that field. In South Africa, I went down…

Eight Insightful Tips for Consistent Positivity and Happiness

Eight Insightful Tips for Consistent Positivity and Happiness

Positivity and Happiness “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”-Eleanor Roosevelt I love the above quote as it suggests that no matter what negativity is aimed your way, you still get to choose whether to acknowledge the negativity and believe it, take…

What are you doing with your life?

What are you doing with your life?

Have you ever thought about the quality of your life and what you are doing with your life? I don’t mean a fleeting thought but rather a serious assessment of where your life is at right now? Life gets so busy that we end up…

Top 10 mental health apps endorsed by mental health expert

Top 10 mental health apps endorsed by mental health expert

Whilst no app has yet been invented that can replace human face-to-face interactions such as counselling with a mental health expert, there are a number of excellent apps that offer great support and guidance to enhance your wellbeing. I have personally looked at many mental…

Exercise and Mental Health: Options for Helping Yourself By Being Active 100%

Exercise and Mental Health: Options for Helping Yourself By Being Active 100%

One of the symptoms to some mental health problems is a feeling of lethargy. The difficult thing about it is that a lack of energy to be active is stopping you from doing one of the things that can help you improve your state of…

Signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

First of all, what exactly is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? PTSD usually occurs after a traumatic event. This traumatic event isn’t fully processed at the time and then later on, intense psychological distress can occur at cues that trigger memories of the original trauma.…