We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize– Thich Nhat Hanh Mindfulness. Presence. Awareness. Connection. Centred. Focused. We hear about the miracles of mindfulness alot. Originally an idea taken from the Buddhist philosophy school, the technique of mindfulness has made it’s way through self improvement, self-improvement and therapy and now into ourContinue reading “Mindfulness”
A crisis; a time of intense difficulty or danger. High levels of distress can lead us into a crisis and crises can be particularly frightening and dangerous. Crises can involve but may not always include; Extreme emotions such as; rage, despair, intense anxiety Panic Attacks Suicidal/Aggressive thoughts, threats or attempts Inability to communicate; incomprehensible orContinue reading “Crisis and Distress Tolerance Skills”
Truth is an elusive thingA stalwart beast whose speedis matched only by her strengthIn her stance, like treesUnwaiveringHolds the Earth together in her roots Man tries to tame herWith words to surround herPsychic cages to bind herWith hope, that one dayThey can ride herOn her back through the heavensAround the sun and back But wordsContinue reading “Truth: Part 1 – A Poem”
Grief is the experience we go through after a loss. The losses we grieve for most are the losses of the most deep and important connections we have. For example, the loss of a loved one to death, a relationship to separation or even the loss of an object that you hold dear such asContinue reading “Grief”
The Cycle of Change model, developed by Prochaska and DiClemente, helps us understand the process of how we change our behaviours. The model highlights the stages of awareness and commitment involved in behaviour change. Here’s a visual: Let’s outline the different stages of the model and explain what may be going on here for someoneContinue reading “The Cycle of Change”
CBT, or Cognitive behavioural therapy is a short-term talking therapy that focuses on the relationship between our thoughts and behaviours as they relate to our problems. CBT was developed by psychologist Aaron Beck and focuses on the way we think and how that affects our feelings and behaviour. It combines both behaviourist ideas like conditioningContinue reading “What is CBT? (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)”
Here are some tools for assessing our lives periodically to make sure we’re getting the most out of our lives! The wheel of life is a tool we use in therapy to help somebody examine different areas of their life and see where there is satisfaction and dissatisfaction in them. We use it to rateContinue reading “The Wheel(s) of Life”
Introduction Many people are likely to come to therapy with some sort of goal in mind as they are going to want to live, to some extent, free of the suffering they’ve felt in the past. Whether they are coming for help with anxiety, depression, stress, they desire to change will be what brings themContinue reading “Working with the future”
Freudian Psychodynamic theory Sigmund Freud was an Austrian psychologist who is seen as a godfather of western psychology. He contributed a collection of ideas still accepted now by many and, while lots of these ideas have been further developed and/or reconsidered, are practiced widely by psychotherapists. He discovered so many psychological axioms that many ofContinue reading “Psycho-dynamic Therapy”
What is Gestalt therapy Gestalt therapy was developed by Fritz and Laura Perls in the 1950s. The word gestalt means ‘wholeness’ or ‘shape’ and is concerned with just that. It primarily works towards the development of awareness in an individual. To do this, Gestalt therapy says that we must be, here in the present moment.Continue reading “Gestalt Therapy”
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