Exercise as a Prescription for Depression

3rd November 2014By Deborah

Here’s the link to an article which shows clear, scientific evidence that exercise helps to alter mood and can act as an anti-depressant.  It recognises that further studies are needed to develop the research, but nevertheless offers some hope to those coping with depression, who often feel that they are not in control of their mood and their lives in general.   … Read More

Introverts/Extroverts

3rd September 2014By Deborah

For all those introverts here is a thought provoking talk by Susan Cain on the power of introverts.  She is insightful on the differences between introvert and extrovert creativity, productivity and contribution.  Also some fun suggestions, for all, on how to make truly original small talk.

Work-Life Balance

4th August 2014By Deborah

Work-life balance is a frequent topic of concern raised by clients in therapy sessions.  This is an excellent article which asks if the work-life balance is a myth.  It puts forward a different way of considering the subject.    

Debunking 20 common misconceptions about sex

19th July 2014By Deborah

Much of therapy is about questioning accepted ‘wisdom’, myths, stereotypes, labels and assumptions, all of  which can lead to misunderstanding and make communication between people difficult and stressful. This video clip is fun to watch, is presented pleasantly and professionally and although it’s ultimate aim is to sell Dr Carroll’s book, it is useful to get at least some … Read More

How the brain responds to pain

7th July 2014By Deborah

This clear and simple video clip on how the brain responds to pain is for those clients who cope with chronic pain on a daily basis. My posting on this subject is prompted by one of my clients who set out to discover as much as he could about managing chronic pain.  After feeling largely frustrated … Read More

What makes relationships work?

16th June 2014By Deborah

This article describes the essential ingredients which make for contented and long lasting relationships.  Committed, lifelong relationships are underpinned by kindness and generosity.  Read how this works.      

Techniques for Learning

27th May 2014By Deborah

It’s exam time for many of my clients – students both young and old.  They may find this article on how to learn, useful. http://bigthink.com/neurobonkers/assessing-the-evidence-for-the-one-thing-you-never-get-taught-in-school-how-to-learn Good luck with exams and happy summer holidays to follow.

Can Therapy Be Destructive?

7th May 2014By Deborah

The short answer to this question is that, under certain circumstances, yes it can . It’s worth bearing the following in mind if you don’t want to come out of therapy with more problems than you had at the start: Any interpretations, analyses and opinions are, ultimately, simply the view of the therapist; this is … Read More

The Question Why

31st January 2014By Deborah

When enquiring about solution-focused therapy some prospective clients worry that this approach will exclude them from understanding why their problems have arisen. Answers to the question why are better left to emerge indirectly, during the quest for solutions, as they then feel less overwhelming and uncontrollable.  During solution focused counselling, a skilled SFBT practitioner will ask … Read More

Your Plan – Your Reality

6th January 2014By Deborah

  I’m sure many will identify with this cartoon. This may help (I find it indispensible) and is in keeping with a solution-focused philosophy.   http://thenextweb.com/lifehacks/2014/01/05/write-list-wont-hurt-productivity/?utm_source=Twitter&awesm=tnw.to_tSwr&utm_medium=Spreadus&utm_campaign=social%20media#!rCHMQ Wishing you all a happy and fulfilling new year.