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  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    The Psychoanalytic Mind: Alive and Well. Science Supports Freud’s Most Important Ideas About the Mind

    - by Psychology Today

    Freud is commonly portrayed by the media, scientific journals, and even by psychology professors as the great sexualizer of human behavior: he merely proposed that babies first derive pleasure from oral fixations, then from titillating their erogenous zones, culminating in fantasizing about sex with mommy or daddy. As a result, psychoanalysis is commonly associated with this caricature of the psychosexual infant, a handful of arcane speculations Freud made over a hundred years ago. “The mind…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    How Psychotherapy Retrains the Brain to Expect (and Feel) Better

    - by GoodTherapy.org

    People enter psychotherapy with the desire to feel better, but they are often unsure how therapy will help them accomplish this goal. A common refrain from people hesitant to enter therapy is, “How is talking going to help?” People are used to talking to other people to get practical solutions to problems, and while problem-solving does have a place in therapy, change also occurs on a much deeper and unconscious level. This process has…

  • LGBT News & Advice

    Telling Gay and Lesbian Teens ‘It’ll Get Better’ Doesn’t Help Them Cope with Stress

    - by Newsweek

    Telling teenagers who are struggling with the stress of being lesbian, gay or bisexual that everything will get better does not help them and, instead, could make things worse, a study has found. Coping with sexual orientation can be a huge source of stress and anxiety for adolescents. A 2014 report by the New York-based Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network found that 80 percent of LGBT students aged between 13 and…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    More Men Suffer Work Related Mental Health Problems

    - by Welldoing

    A new survey by Mind, the mental health charity, has uncovered that men are twice as likely to experience mental health difficulties related to work, rather than issues outside the office. Mind surveyed 15,000 employees; 14% of men questioned revealed their mental health problems were related to problems outside of work, whereas 32% blamed their work environment as the root cause of poor mental health. Women who experience mental health…

  • General Health

    Arts can help recovery from illness and keep people well, report says

    - by The Guardian

    GPs prescribing arts activities to some patients could lead to a dramatic fall in hospital admissions and save the NHS money, according to a report into the subject of arts, health and wellbeing published after two years of evidence gathering. The report, published on Wednesday, includes hundreds of interviews and dozens of case studies showing how powerfully the arts can promote health and wellbeing.  Illustration: David Shrigley Co-chaired by former arts ministers…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    7 Ways to Strengthen Your Sense of Self-Worth

    - by Welldoing

    How many people go through life knowing that they have so much more potential than is ever realised? Probably all of us…  We all have the capability to achieve more and yet, we often give up on a goal or an ambition or on ideas thinking we’re not good enough or, perhaps, decide that it is just too difficult to keep on going.  So, how do you start to tackle…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    The Hidden Way that Architecture Affects How You Feel

    - by BBC News

    “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” mused Winston Churchill in 1943 while considering the repair of the bomb-ravaged House of Commons. More than 70 years on, he would doubtless be pleased to learn that neuroscientists and psychologists have found plenty of evidence to back him up. We now know, for example, that buildings and cities can affect our mood and well-being, and that specialised cells in…

  • Coaching

    How to Practice Zazen

    - by Lions Roar

    There are many forms of meditation that offer you the opportunity to cultivate stillness and open up space in your life. One such form, zazen, has both outward and inward instructions in how to engage your awareness in the immediate, uninterpreted experience of the present moment. Zazen is being awake but letting go, experiencing your present moment awareness without thought or story. As a central form of meditation in Zen…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Therapy: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Too Afraid To Ask

    - by Independent

    James* first sought therapy when he came home to find his flatmate dead. He had taken his own life. Despite this deeply traumatic experience, he was reluctant to get help. He was worried he wouldn’t respond well to therapy, and his view had been skewed by how therapists – who poke and prod at your life – are represented in the movies. “I was nervous,” the 29-year-old living in London tells The Independent.“I thought…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Insomnia: All in the Mind?

    - by Welldoing

    News reports and magazine articles are constantly reminding us of the importance of a good night’s sleep for our health and life expectancy. While this is common sense, it is of little help to the many sufferers of insomnia enduring a seemingly endless struggle to get exactly that – a deep, restorative, sleep all night long.  And therein lies the problem for many of my clients. They are worn down…