When I listen to the sound, my mind tends to wander. Is this normal? Several clients this week, whom I’ve seen personally and who are just setting off on their guided self-treatment using Ed can help have raised this question, so I thought it would be a good thing to share my response with everybody, because … Read more

I want to control my drinking this summer, can you help me? The issue of alcohol, and how much we tend to drink, comes up regularly twice a year: Christmas, when everybody’s thinking of the parties, and Summer, with holidays and hopefully sunny gatherings outside. If you do a Google search of ways to reduce … Read more

It’s not you, it’s me: how to break up with your therapist. When I mentioned this last week, I was being slightly tongue in cheek, and had decided to write about something completely different today.  But, working the way the Universe does, I was brought back to it this morning with someone’s real life situation.  … Read more

My Psychotherapist is nice, but are they any good? Any article thinking about his question will usually begin with a handful of key points. These are quite pedestrian, but for the sake of inclusion (and dare I say to demonstrate my own competence!) I’m going to list them here before going on to talk about … Read more

Procrastination: How to cut it out… (if you can get round to it) I remember as a child, like most young people, really not wanting to do some things or engage in certain activities. The stock response from my parents and in fact all the adults around me at that time was that this was … Read more

I’m feeling anxious right now. What can I do? When I see a patient, and very often for the first time, they often come into the therapy room feeling anxious, and in a state of high anxiety. This is likely because it’s the presenting issue that needs to be reduced rapidly, in the short-medium, and … Read more

How can I treat my anxiety, and start to feel better? We instinctively seem to recognise anxiety when we have it, what we’re feeling, and how unpleasant it can be, but often struggle to describe what it actually is. It’s a slippery fish. Is it an emotional feeling, negative thinking, or a physical sensation? For … Read more

Five ways to support your employees’ mental health Promote openness Everyone should feel able to express their concerns and suggestions for improvement whilst at work.  A study by UK charity Mind found that one in five people didn’t feel comfortable telling their boss that work was proving to be too stressful. What begins as easily-resolved … Read more

Simple steps to better mental wellbeing Breathwork Deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the “rest and digest” response. This promotes calmness and relaxation in your body so it can carry out regulatory functions. To activate your parasympathetic nervous system, you need to slow down. Try taking deep breaths in through your … Read more

Finding happiness in the everyday Practice gratitude Studies show that people who practise gratitude are more likely to feel happier with their everyday lives. Not only can gratitude help you to see more of the positives in your life, it can help you to feel more satisfied with the here and now. When you’re able … Read more