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
“The course of true love never did run smooth.” William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream Maybe you’ve just started dating, or are about to post a profile for the first or even umpteenth time. You’re still looking for your soul mate, but feel slightly intimidated by the whole dating scene. Or perhaps for you, … Continue reading How to play the dating game
A few years back, I read a post somewhere entitled “you are now breathing manually.” As far as I am aware it was actually intended to annoy people by drawing their attention to their breathing thus prompting them to feel as though they had to think about breathing or fear they might stop altogether. Conscious … Continue reading What kind of breather are you?
Understanding and overcoming Anxiety and Panic Attacks Telling someone who is feeling anxious, stressed or experiencing a full blown panic attack to "just calm down" may seem both calming and helpful. Chances are however, the exact opposite of that well-meaning-yet-oh-so-unhelpful pearl of wisdom will occur. The brain is the control centre of our body and … Continue reading and breathe….
Many women feel a bit down, tearful or anxious in the first week after giving birth. This is often called the "baby blues" and is so common that it’s considered normal. The "baby blues" don’t last for more than a couple of weeks after giving birth, but if symptoms last longer or start later, you could have … Continue reading Beating the baby blues
"People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." --Anton Chekhov 1860-1904 Winter blues is an all too common affliction for those of us living north of the equator. Of course it’s perfectly normal to have some days when you feel down, but if you feel down for days at a time, can't … Continue reading Winter blues aka feeling SAD
The journey from girl to young woman is as exciting as it is daunting. Apart from the obvious hormonal changes taking place, you’re exploring relationships, discovering independence and becoming more aware of how you feel both physically and emotionally. Between the ages of 25 and 35 many women are making important decisions that will affect … Continue reading Hypnotherapy – for all the beautiful, natural (and often challenging) stages of womanhood