I read an interesting transcript from a podcast this morning discussing OCD (here’s the link for anyone who might be interested https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-45225773) and so I thought I would write a short blog on my professional experience working with individuals presenting with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. More often than not clients will tell me that their OCD … Continue reading Is OCD caused by anxiety?
Although men are aware that it’s good to talk, they can still be a little uncomfortable doing so. Men are less likely to seek counselling or therapy than women, less likely to visit their doctor or health practitioner. Ruth Sutherland CEO of the Samaritans said "Just 19 percent of men feel that they can talk … Continue reading Why don’t more men ask for help?
Practice gratitude Those who read my blogs regularly may be thinking… again? The gratitude thing? Gratitude is one of the most overlooked tools that everyone has access to every single moment of every day. It doesn’t cost money and it certainly doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are enormous. Research has shown that gratitude … Continue reading 10 things you can do to nurture a healthy mind … in a crazy world
Hypnosis is nothing unusual in fact it's a perfecly natural state. We all slip into trance many times a day, like when we're daydreaming, become engrossed in a good book or movie, driving to a familiar place, cycling, walking in nature or watching something mesmerising like this image... Hypnosis is simply a state of focused … Continue reading What does it feel like to be in hypnosis?
The Subconscious Mind dreams Dreams have been studied since the dawn of time by scientists, philosophers and theologians with a myriad of different theories and interpretations. Sigmund Freud famously explained dreams as a window into our unconscious and a manifestation of our deepest desires and anxieties (mostly of a sexual nature) and repressed childhood memories … Continue reading 9 things you may not have known about your subconscious mind
Let’s be honest, the process of getting to know someone is complicated. You may have been on a series of dates with someone who at first showed promise but who went on to display traits that were less than attractive, off-putting, at worst, annoying. You may have been searching for ‘the one’ for a short … Continue reading How to date like a pro (or a psychologist)
Clinical studies are not always the most stimulating of reads I’ll grant you, but bear with me for a moment while I share a few tit-bits from a study published recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Still with me? OK… so the study focused on Mind-body therapies and their effect on reducing acute … Continue reading Chronic pain and the brain
Life is a confusing journey often filled with more questions than answers. It's like a road with no GPS signal. Some may get hopelessly lost, give in, accept their lot or give up altogether, others face the questions, fears and uncertainties with vigour and valour. Some of life’s questions will be more important than others, … Continue reading Life and 10 things you might be looking for
Ah… exam season, I remember it well, and am reminded of the pressure it puts on students every year since, as I see an ever growing number of young people coming to my clinical practice for help during revision and exam days. Very often a lack of self-confidence and control are the Achilles heel of … Continue reading A survivor’s guide to exam season
Most children get through adolescence without much more than a few hiccups and acne, for others, hitting puberty can be traumatic. Experts agree that children today are growing up with more anxiety and less self-esteem with much emphasis and blame put on the internet and social media. Issues such as cyber bullying, sending and posting … Continue reading Troubling times for troubled teens