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  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Is My Child Too Young To Learn About Being Gay?

    - by TEDx

    Can a child be too young to learn about being LGBT? The answer: no child is ever too young. In this humorous and moving talk, Tim Ramsey argues that only when every parent explores about LGBT identities with their child from birth will we address the well being crisis facing LGBT young people. Tim Ramsey, the founder of award-winning non-profit Just Like Us, grew up believing that being gay was…

  • Uncategorised

    3 Ways to Jump-Start Your Creativity During Coronavirus

    - by PsychCentral

    It’s no exaggeration to say that COVID-19 has changed our lives in dramatic, unexpected, and unwanted ways. People living with or vulnerable to a mental illness have been especially impacted, and now more than ever it’s important to have effective coping mechanisms to protect yourself during these unprecedented times. For centuries, people have turned to the arts and creative expression to manage or reduce symptoms of mental illness, and science…

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    Therapist Advice if Coronavirus has Triggered Health Anxiety and OCD

    - by Welldoing

      The coronavirus pandemic is a situation unlike any that many of us have faced before. Even for those of us without existing mental health struggles like anxiety, our thoughts are preoccupied with the ever-changing playing field. Concerns about our health, that of our loved ones, and what life might look like during the coming weeks – possibly months – are rife. Beyond health concerns, people are understandably concerned about…

  • Coaching

    Coronavirus: Why we touch our faces and how to stop it

    - by BBC News

    Coronavirus: Why we touch our faces and how to stop it Several medical officials across the world have warned people to avoid touching their face as a key way to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Often when issuing the warning, they’ve gone on to – you guessed it – put their hands on their face. But why do we touch our faces in the first place? And is it that…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    For the New Year, Say No to Negativity

    - by The Wall Street Journal

    Bad experiences affect us much more powerfully than good ones, but there are ways to deal with this destructive bias and overcome it   The new year is supposed to bring hope, but too often it feels grim. We resolve to be virtuous—to lose weight, to exercise, to unplug from social media—but we recall past failures and fear another losing struggle. We toast to a better, happier world in 2020,…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    What does it mean to be a man?

    - by Science Focus

    In the past few years, traditional male stereotypes have come under increasing scrutiny. These stereotypes often come under the term ‘Toxic masculinity’, which has been widely used to explain certain male actions and characteristics that conform to established gender roles, which do harm to both themselves or the society that they live in. Gary Barker has a PhD in developmental psychology and studies how we raise and socialise boys and…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    What is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy?

    - by Welldoing

    Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has often been described as blending the ancient wisdom of mindfulness (MB), with 21st Century psychological thinking, in the form of cognitive therapy (CT).   Western mindfulness: medical meets experiential The idea of trying to amalgamate the ancient ideas of mindfulness into Western culture, especially into a medicalised setting, are usually attributed to Jon Kabat Zinn. In 1979 he founded the Stress Reduction Clinic of…

  • Coaching

    How Attentive Are You Really?

    - by Welldoing

    Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and help manage difficult feelings Despite the popularity of mindfulness meditation practices, many of us struggle to be mindful and attentive in everyday life Jackee Holder explores the value of mindful walking and paying attention to nature On a recent walk along my street I noticed for the first time a succulent, green, leafy tree poking out from behind the steel bars of…

  • Coaching

    Envy and FOMO on Social Media: How to Escape the Cycle

    - by Welldoing

      At this time of year, newspapers and magazines are full of articles advocating self-care, whether that be through a new fitness routine, a healthy diet or taking part in an initiative like Dry January or Veganuary. While last September was the month when we were initially encouraged to go ‘scroll free’, a New Year’s resolution to spend less time on or even to dispense entirely with social media could…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Depression: The Symptoms and When to Ask for Help

    - by Welldoing

    The symptoms of depression explained By 2020, depression will become the second leading cause of disability worldwide When should you ask for help with depression? Depression is a mental health disorder that affects mood, thoughts and body. It is associated with a feeling of great sadness to despair. People experience a loss of pleasure even for activities that once they enjoyed. Decision-making abilities may be impaired, or affected by sleep and…