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August 11, 2019

Our emotions have evolved together with us over thousands of years, aiding and guiding us in the tasks of living, surviving and thriving. Our negative emotions, whilst distressing and unpleasant at times, have served to protect us and help us navigate through a complex...

May 21, 2019

'All is as thinking makes it so'*

Stoicism was one of the major schools of philosophy in the world of ancient Greece and Rome, and was one which focused less on abstract concepts and more on the experience of daily life and how we might reduce the suffering, anxiety, an...

January 20, 2019

It’s likely that most people, at some point over the course of their lifetime, will experience a period of depression. Every individual’s experience will be unique in the way it affects them and the particular context and circumstance of its arrival, but common feature...

December 11, 2018

Since the early development of psychotherapy, there has been a recognition that one of the principal benefits of the therapeutic process is to provide an opportunity for the sharing and disclosing of otherwise secret and repressed feelings, thoughts, memories and exper...

October 17, 2017

I remember feeling very shy and anxious as a young child. I seem to have been acutely aware for much of my young life of the ever-present possibility of something going wrong, and, even worse, that it might be my fault. So I made a decision early on that the best way t...

October 10, 2017

Below is a short excerpt from an interview I gave on the community radio show Heels, Hormones, and Heartbreak about how role models influence our personal development, and how we might use therapy to identify and move beyond the limits of the models we invested in as c...

April 29, 2017

These books were all instrumental for me in my own personal development and psychological healing, and they might be a good place to start if you're thinking of starting counselling or psychotherapy.

The Compassionate Mind, by Paul Gilbert

In this book, Professor Paul Gi...

April 21, 2017

The most important factor in regard to the effectiveness of counselling and therapy is the quality of the relationship between the client and the therapist. If you are looking for a therapist, it is important to find someone who you feel like you can trust, as you will...

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