Exam Failure

If you are reading this post then the chances are that you have experienced exam failure and your world has or might be about to collapse around your feet… The word ‘failure’ is a horrible word. It conjures up images of misery, despair and the crushing of all hope. But wait just a minute. This Continue reading »

12 Tips for Surviving Christmas.

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12 Tips for Surviving Christmas Christmas has different meaning for each of us. For some it’s a time of joy, fun and general happy celebration. For others it can be stressful, anxiety-ridden and more of a trial to get through. It can also be a time of loss, remembrance, sadness. I have put together 12 Continue reading »

5 Ways to Feel Comfortable at Parties…

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When Parties Feel Like Torture I have always hated parties. I always hated having to make small talk and had an overwhelming feeling that I was the dullest person in the room. It was the same with work do’s and general get togethers. Not only would I go through every single dress, skirt, blouse and Continue reading »

Fear of Travelling

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When Travel Becomes Frightening…   It’s summer time and, all over the country, people are excitedly preparing to travel for their holidays. Some will be flying off to warmer climes, others will head off to parts of the UK. Maybe others will drive through Europe to city breaks or seaside and mountain retreats. For some Continue reading »

How Does Anxiety Feel?

Who Suffers From Anxiety? The clients  who come to see me are normal people, just like anybody else. And yet so many of them are suffering from an invisible condition, a condition that they fight hard to hide from others. They describe their feelings to me and although they are all different, I can often Continue reading »

Support

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I heard a ping tonight and a message of support came through on my phone. A friend had thought I seemed sad today and she had decided to contact me, just to see if I was ok. I can’t tell you how touched I was. That reaching out…the touch of human kindness. It matters and Continue reading »

Who Needs Therapy?

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So…who needs therapy? Its for Americans, isn’t it? And for people with real mental health problems? Therapy is self indulgent and a waste of money…Isn’t it? Well, of course I am going to disagree with all of those statements. I am a therapist, after all. However, when you think about those statements – they are Continue reading »

Relaxation.

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Relaxation & Mental Health First Aid Relaxation, taking time to be kind to yourself, is a huge part of keeping mentally healthy. Not long ago I went on a Mental Health First Aid course. Its a bit like your usual First Aid course, but it focuses on people’s mental health. Each participant is taught, over Continue reading »

How to Cope with Exam Nerves.

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GCSE & A Levels Exam Nerves can be horrible. This post aims to help you overcome them by giving you simple techniques to use. If you, or someone in your house, have exams coming up or if you are in the middle of them, then I hope you are excited to show all the work Continue reading »