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  • 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…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Six things students can do to boost their mental health

    - by The Guardian

    It’s well-known that university can be a mental health pressure-cooker for students. Far from being the best years of their lives, many are lonely and being away from home can amplify academic, relationship and financial problems. A survey by the National Union of Students (NUS) in December found that the majority of students (78%) had experienced mental health issues in the last year, with a third saying they had had…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    The Lasting Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences

    - by Welldoing

    Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope is a new documentary directed by James Redford (son of Robert Redford) that explores the lasting impact of childhood stress and trauma. In the 1990s, Dr Vincent Filetti became interested in why patients at his obesity clinic consistently put the weight back on that they had lost. He started asking his patients more thorough questions and was amazed to discover…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    How to Keep from Turning into Your Parents

    - by Welldoing

    Welldoing has explored the experience and potential impact of a ‘me-me-me mother’ : when we are young and dependent upon our caregivers, we need to be narcissistic, while our care-givers should put their own needs and wants aside. In fact, if all goes well, we delight in our little ‘emperors’ or ‘empresses’ and (generally) take pleasure in meeting their demands. No baby or infant or child can look after itself…

  • General Health

    Major Depression: This New Type Could Account For One-Third of Sufferers

    - by Spring

    Inflammation in the brain could explain episodes of major depression in some people, new studies suggest. Around one-third of people experiencing major depression have high-levels of inflammation markers in their blood. This persistent inflammation could explain some of the worst symptoms of depression. The inability to feel pleasure — called anhedonia — is a particularly stubborn symptom. Depressed people often find it hard to experience pleasure from everyday activities like…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    The Hidden Pain of a Boarding School Childhood

    - by Welldoing

    “A ‘stiff upper lip’ can damage health, says Prince William,” ran Monday’s headlines. “Dad!” said my 12 year old. “The BBC is saying your book is bad for people!” It was the most surprising  endorsement to get, just a week after my book on boarding schools, abuse, separation trauma and the after-effects of all that was published. Prince William was speaking about male suicide, seen at stark first hand through…