Emotional well being, mental health & personal development

Tag: Counselling

Escaping depression

Escaping depression

Escaping depression is easier said than done but there are things that you can do to keep the black dog at a distance. Mental health professionals still continue to debate whether depression is physiological (nature) or whether it is a product of the environment around […]

Will cognitive behavioural therapy help my anxiety?

Will cognitive behavioural therapy help my anxiety?

CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is a great antidote for anxiety. Most CBT therapists start by explaining how anxiety affects us on a more basic level. When we feel threatened, our immediate reaction is one of these three: flight, fight or freeze. We either try to […]

What is depression and how can we help?

What is depression and how can we help?

Some people don’t believe depression is a real medical illness, saying it’s “all in your head.” And in a way, they’re correct. Depression is all in the head because it’s caused by changes in the brain’s chemistry. It’s a serious illness and should be treated […]

Mental health statistics

Mental health statistics

Mental health statistics and trends in mental illness: One adult in six had a common mental disorder (CMD): about one woman in five and one man in eight. Since 2000, overall rates of CMD in England steadily increased in women and remained largely stable in […]

Why do people seek counselling?

Why do people seek counselling?

This seems an obvious question to me, but people often ask me why people go to therapy. For those that have never sought out a therapist, this post may be useful in explaining how therapy can be hugely beneficial. Problems that therapy can improve: Relationships […]

Common patterns of behaviour

Common patterns of behaviour

As a counsellor, I am very privileged in the common patterns of behaviour that I witness. I have met many individuals and couples with their own unique challenges and this has allowed me to create links between certain characteristics/behaviour and mental health issues. I thought […]

What makes a good counsellor?

What makes a good counsellor?

I have often wondered what the magic ingredients are that make a good counsellor. I always knew that qualifications alone would not make a good counsellor. I had seen it for myself, people with academic qualification but who had no people skills at all. No […]

Myths about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Myths about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

    Myths about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Myth:  CBT emphasizes the power of positive thinking Fact: CBT emphasizes the importance of realistic thinking. It reduces anxiety by replacing unrealistic, exaggerated thinking with more accurate realistic evaluations. Myth:  CBT is slow and can take many […]