Three weeks into #lockdown and counting. This somewhat forced cocooning, at least for those who have the privilege of not front lining, starts to be the new normal. Quiet skies, empty streets, vacant shops, stressful supermarket visits, daily excursions, keeping a distance, face masks, endless hand washing, seeing your loved ones on screens, seeing everyone…

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Conflict. One of the most loaded, open to interpretation words I regularly come across in the consulting room and organisations. Yet it is an inevitable part of the day to day. It is a dance we learn from a very early stage of our lives… For some, it’s a step back. Others chose to take…

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Today marks an end of a chapter for me.  As my involvement in a project I have been part of for the past 18 months is drawing to a close, I am re-focusing my energy and attention to private practice – Psychotherapy, clinical supervision and speaking about both. It’s a curious type of work, and…

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Yesterday was blue Monday. The most depressing day of the year. Apart form being an absolute fabrication, it does highlight another often misunderstood idea – depression. The pursuit of happiness The pursuit of happiness is at the heart of western culture, and in the US is a constitutional right. The problem with the pursuit of…

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Baby, what is going on? The birth of a child is a major life event for both mothers and fathers, as well as for other family members.  Coming to terms with the magnitude of the event and its impact requires time and takes significant emotional resources.  In addition it proposes an immediate impact to any…

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I am often asked: what is the difference between a psychotherapist and a…? It can very confusing to understand and differentiate all the types of mental health professionals. So I have prepared a short explanation to help. Jargon buster In this website, references to ‘therapy’ cover Counselling & Psychotherapy. There are various types of mental…

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What is it? Post Natal Depression, sometimes referred to as baby blues, is a depressive episode that occurs following the birth of a child. PND figures in mothers are currently estimated at 12-13% with higher incidence level in developing countries. The condition is normally associated with mothers however in recent years it has been increasingly…

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What it Depression? Depression is used to describe prolonged low mood combined with a collection of symptoms such as abnormal sadness, tendency to cry, loss of enjoyment and interest in life, lack of motivation, poor concentration, sleeping problems, irritability and restlessness. Some also feel a strong sense of isolation, and repetitive thoughts about death and…

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What is Anxiety? Anxiety is usually used to describe fear of a threat or of something going wrong in the future rather than in the present. Fear is a natural response to an immediate threat, whereas anxiety is usually related to something that is not as tangible. Fear is a powerful emotion affecting the mind…

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WHAT IS A RELATIONSHIP? The dictionary defines a relationship as “the way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected” (Oxford Dictionaries online). However couples normally refer to a relationship as either a collection of activities (working, talking etc.) or as an ‘it’, a noun, static. I…

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