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What's Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

Some time ago I was fortunate to be able to attend a professional development workshop run by Professor Jeffrey Kottler, an academic visiting the U.K. from California State University on the west coast of the U.S.  Professor Kottler, an experienced therapist and educator of the next generation of counsellors in the States had a take on the therapeutic process that immediately rang true with me even though I had not up to that point devoted much thought to it.  Our lives, Kottler stated, are our stories.  Continue reading “What’s Your Story?”

Stigma

Healing,Life Experience,Negative Thoughts,Psychology,Suicidal

Date : September 4, 2016Comments : 0

Stigma

During my clinical practice this past week, one subject has come up several times with several different clients; that of the stigma of being labelled with a mental health condition and the  unconscious fear of being seen in a different light by others because of such a pronouncement.  Dr. Carl Rogers, the founder of the person-centred approach to psychotherapy, wasn’t an advocate of the use of labels.  Some people can find labels try to put them in a box they don’t want to be in, which only tells half a story.  I don’t find labels all that useful either – after all, each client is an individual, with differing reactions to what is happening in their lives now and to what has happened in their past. Continue reading “Stigma”

Shipwreck - Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

Some years ago I heard a story which gave me pause for thought, and which has stuck with me ever since.  A British ship was out in a foreign sea in rough weather, being battered from left to right all night by the wind, rain and waves.  Eventually, the storm became too much and the ship capsized, drowning all but two sailors who awoke the next morning to find themselves washed up on the sandy beach of a tiny island.  They found fresh water in the form of a stream, and several boxes of supplies washed up on the sand. Continue reading “Positive Thinking”

Version 2.0

Out With The Old ~ In With The New?

As you may expect with me being an online counsellor, I have a keen interest in technology and enjoy keeping up with developments in the technological world.  Indeed, as well as regularly flicking through therapy journals I am an avid reader of the ‘tech-press’, and follow developments with new products and services closely.  Today I purchased a new tablet computer, and so will be getting more familiar with its capabilities and new features over the coming days.  Continue reading “Out With The Old ~ In With The New?”

Film about depression and the removal of ego – The Peaceful Warrior

Sometimes, trying to find inspirational movies that not only entertain us but motivate us and also educate us on how to overcome depression can be difficult to come by but fortunately, I stumbled across this one based on ‘true events’ and a book known as ‘The Peaceful Warrior‘.

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international happiness day

Depression,Negative Thoughts,Video

Date : January 31, 2016Comments : 0

Inner Happiness is achievable and this is how

Inner Happiness, something we all dream of. We usually see it as having enough to live on, enough to travel the world, a big house, a big car , a nice attractive partner, lots and lots and lots of material things! Wrong! This is not happiness, these are all self serving pleasures and have scientifically proven limited amount of happiness associated with any of those things. True happiness is different and in this video Dr Amit Sood briefly discusses the REAL things that will bring true happiness into your life and you won’t believe just how simple it is!

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Alt Therapy,Negative Thoughts

Date : January 17, 2016Comments : 0

The power of positive affirmations

Positive affirmation – a form of emotional support or encouragement.

When you are depressed it Is quite common that you can’t help but have a negative mind set. Everything is tinged with an element of grey and the colour drains from your surroundings; how things will ever be ‘normal’ again feels like an impossible dream.

This is where positive affirmations can really begin to change how you think or to use one when you need a boost. But what is a positive affirmation? In this blog post we discuss what they are, how they can benefit your mental health and some of the science behind it so you can choose to start to challenge your own negative thoughts.

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