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  • Coaching

    Can You be a Confident Introvert?

    - by Welldoing

    Many introverts are confident people and introversion is not about lack of confidence, but characterises those who are more stimulated by internal thought than by external action and interaction. Where an introverted personality type might not actively seek and enjoy large social interactions, this is a preference rather than an aversion. They just prefer the solace of solitude, at least at regular intervals, to recharge their batteries. To a more…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    The Powerful Benefits of Reading Fiction

    - by Welldoing

    When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial online article? Do your daily reading habits streetch no further than tweets, mundane Facebook updates, or the cooking instructions of ready meals? If you’re one of countless people who refuse to make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading fiction has all sorts of advantages. For a start, several studies reveal that reading fiction…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Is Your Childhood Sabotaging Your Relationships?

    - by Welldoing

    Many surveys indicate that January features high on the list of break ups and couples heading for the divorce courts. So perhaps it is timely to consider the choices we make when we are looking for a partner. We seek out people to whom we can attach ourselves over our lifetime. But we need to let go emotionally of our primary caregivers before we can form new secure attachments. I…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    The Causes of Addiction: from a Counsellor and Recovering Addict

    - by Welldoing

    Most of my clients come to see me because of a crisis in their family or personal relationships. And as such I tend to see many struggling with addiction either themselves or how it affects their significant loved one(s). And whilst it is true that all addicts or alcoholics will have issues with personal relationships, it is not necessarily the case that family or relationship traumas (or any external factors…

  • Coaching

    Mindfulness Body Scan to Help With Anxiety

    - by Welldoing

    ‘The past is already gone. The future is not here. There is only one moment for you to live. That is the present time.’ – The Buddha When the Buddha spoke about being mindful of the feelings, he meant both bodily sensations, such as warmth, hunger or physical pain, and feelings such as happiness, sadness, boredom and so on. But unless we are being rocked by some big emotion, many…

  • Coaching

    20 Ways to Give Without Expectations

    - by Tiny Buddha

    “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” ~Samuel Johnson Some people say there’s no such thing as a selfless act—that any time we do something to help another person, we get something in return, even if it’s just a warm fuzzy feeling. I’ve spent a lot of time playing with this idea in my head. It doesn’t really bother…

  • Coaching

    The psychological secrets to successful resolutions

    - by BBC News

    After the excesses of the festive season, the thoughts of many turn to making resolutions to stop bad habits and take up healthier ones. Unfortunately, quite a few fail. But there are some psychological tactics which can be employed to increase the chances of success. 1. Persistence Psychologist Prof Richard Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire, has carried out research into the key to sticking to resolutions. In a study…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Depression: On Feeling Like an Impostor

    - by Blurt

    Feeling like an impostor is something that those with depression are familiar with. We feel like we stand out like a sore thumb; for all the wrong reasons. It’s as though we just don’t fit it with other people; their ideals, their expectations, their perspectives, their abilities. Everyone seems cleverer, stronger, more beautiful, more deserving, more organised, more rational, more talented, more…everything good. The very nature of depression is that…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Young homeless people ‘falling through the cracks’ in mental health care, charity warns

    - by Independent

    Vulnerable young homeless people are falling between the cracks in mental health provision because it is still regarded as a “Cinderella service”, the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint has warned. Stamatia Lorentzou, Centrepoint’s Clinical Lead, said that while those with “the common mental health conditions” usually got help, others with medium and low-level needs faced something akin to a postcode lottery. The losers, she said, included not just 16 to 24-year-olds…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    #ThanksObama: 22 Important Moments for LGBTQ Progress

    - by HRC.org

      Viewed in full, Barack Obama’s legacy of achievement for LGBTQ people is unmatched by any president in American history. We’ve accomplished landmark victories from the courts to Congress, and through the implementation of executive policies that advance basic fairness.  As we prepare for Obama’s departure from the Oval Office in the coming month, we take a look back at some of the most impactful ways his Administration has advanced…