Categories for Psychological Therapies

Dealing with symptoms of Depression

Breaking the Lethargy Spiral

The Problem

Feeling depressed is a vicious spiral. Your negative thoughts make you feel miserable, inadequate and discouraged, which means you feel slowed down and tired     and less inclined to be active. Your activity level goes down, you start to avoid situations, which means that you don’t have positive thoughts and experiences; your confidence is further reduced, which increases the negative thoughts and low mood & so on.

So What is the Way Out?

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Good Enough?


So, how much do you like yourself? 80%? 60% or maybe 40%? Let’s not focus on anything less, other than there is a little voice in your head telling you you’re not good enough, and that little voice has pretty high standards. Unrealistic high standards in fact!
Where and when does this voice arise? On one level, it’s from within, yet the external messages we listen to from a young age are powerful and influential in developing the inner voice. Whether it’s comments from parents, teachers, peers, colleagues, the media or the internet, we hear that ‘good’ is only achieved by a set date, event, circumstances, and so on, and, if we judge that we haven’t managed to achieve this, then we have failed, and we are not good enough!
We don’t focus on what we have achieved, just what we haven’t achieved. Why is it so difficult to simply dwell on the beauty that is already inside, rather than on what isn’t?

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in the Classroom

We all feel the pressures of everyday life and whilst some people may think kids have never had it so good, it is a sad fact that mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression and anxiety and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. Alarmingly, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

Whatever the issues may be; peer pressure from friends about having the latest phone or the coolest clothes, or the pressure children are putting on themselves by setting such high standards, or maybe conflict amongst friends which is creating ill-feeling at school, bringing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) into the classroom, means we can enable children to develop life tools in order to cope with the obstacles and events that life brings.

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Dental Phobia

Is your phobia of the dentist damaging your health?

If you are one of the thousands of people who fear going to the dentist, you will probably be very much aware of the complexity behind it? Many people are put off going to the dentist due to the spreading of dental myths, or horror stories, from friends or colleagues. Whilst these can be scary, they can add to deeper fears creating a phobic reaction. Other reasons for dental phobia include fear of the needle, fear of the anaesthetic, fear of choking, fear of the drill or the suction equipment, and more.

Added to this, as with many types of phobias, additional fears can develop. For example, if someone hasn’t visited the dentist for some time, the fear of embarrassment of how they will react or how the dentist will react reinforces the phobia.

Whatever your difficulty in visiting the dentist, the most important thing is to go – however that is easier said than done if you’ve got dental phobia.

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