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Motivation,Suicidal,Video

Date : March 2, 2017Comments : 0

Your life isn’t over (inspirational video)

Many of us struggle with some kind of affliction whether losing self-confidence, having addictions,  depression, anxiety, a whole host of personal problems and sometimes it can feel like we can’t go on anymore. Life DOES go on when you get through the pain and hurt you feel from your problems and it can in fact. make you a stronger person for it. In this short video it explores that even though you may be feeling like ‘giving up’ , don’t! This is the storm before the calm, seek help, there are many people who want to help you turn your life around. I hope the video resonates with you.

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Healing,Video

Date : June 27, 2016Comments : 0

Soothe a racing mind with calming sounds and music

Sometimes, our mind can get over run by thoughts so much so that it brings on incredible migraines, feelings of being lethargic or having no escape from the pain that having depression and anxiety can bring. At times like this it is important to relax the mind and rest. In this blog post I discuss one strategy for bringing some peace of mind.

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Online Therapy

Healing,Motivation,Psychology,Relationships,Video

Date : June 25, 2016Comments : 0

The Power of Online Therapy

With more and more of our lives being conducted online, the Internet is becoming the medium of choice for people seeking support for their mental wellbeing through therapeutic counselling.  Is online therapy the same as face to face therapy?

Trust

The research literature in the field of online counselling points to one particular feature of e-therapy that helps many open up about their issues: the online disinhibition effect.  Put simply, when in an online relationship clients seem to share what is going on in their lives more readily than they would in person.  As a counselling therapist, I am aware that people in general find it easier to open up to a counsellor than they do a friend of family member.  The professional boundaries and assurance of confidentiality create an atmosphere conducive to disclosure and trust.  When working online, this trust is enhanced, perhaps by the physical distance between client and therapist, and the process of disclosure is often speeded up.

Reviewing The Work Done

Working with a client on things that trouble them, or that they would like to overcome, is therefore moved along more quickly online, and relational depth is achieved more readily.  To me, this is the real power of online therapy.  Another helpful aspect of working either by secure email or instant messaging (text), is that the client has the option of keeping a record of what was discussed during the session to refer back to later.  Coping strategies and new perspectives can therefore be reviewed and consolidated, both between sessions and once therapy has been drawn to a close.

The Online Age

Having worked as both a face to face therapist and an online counsellor, I feel that the work of a psychological practitioner fits very well with the benefits brought by the Online Age.  Communication, the foundation of all human relationships, is a fundamental part of the connected world and makes therapy and the Internet ideal bedfellows.  If the real agent of lasting change is the therapeutic relationship, I believe that the opportunities for distance working with clients regardless of physical location is truly the start of a revolution in the way we approach the looking after of our wellbeing.

~ Rob Oglesby MBACP B.A. (Hons) BSc | Ashwood Therapy

 

[Ashwood Therapy provides a discreet, confidential and professional online counselling service by encrypted video call, live instant messaging and secure email.  More details, including tips on wellbeing and information on current counselling session pricing, can be found at http://www.ashwoodtherapy.com/]

Depression,Motivation,Video

Date : June 18, 2016Comments : 1

JK Rowling on depression, failure and belief

J.K. Rowling, one of  the greatest authors of our time once had nothing, not a penny, she had hit rock bottom, on benefits and only her child keeping her from sinking too far into depressions hold. This short video about JK Rowlings experience of her early life in her mid-20s and how she was clinically depressed and felt like she had failed on an epic scale had moved her to never give up. Continue reading “JK Rowling on depression, failure and belief”

Motivation,Video

Date : June 12, 2016Comments : 0

I AM THE GREATEST! Motivational Video

Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest men of the 20th century who came from a poor background, faced persecution, helped many when he could and a huge belief in himself and maintained his self-belief died last week and the world mourned.

He truly was an inspiration to all of us, white, black, man, woman of how all of us, regardless of our current starting point, should live and how all of us should see ourselves.

We are ALL the greatest, we ALL have a talent and passion and life should be about trying to make time to follow that passion. Whether we make it is a big and successful as Muhammad Ali or not is down to our own thoughts and beliefs on the matter and even if we don’t make it , even when we have tried so hard, at least we can be proud in the fact we have NEVER given up trying to achieve the top levels of our skills and enhance our ability to have good life experiences.

Let us all aim to be ‘the greatest’ version of ourselves we can be.

WE ARE ALL THE GREATEST!

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fight back to win the battle in your mind - gladiator mental strength

Depression,Motivation,Video

Date : May 28, 2016Comments : 0

win the battle in your mind by FIGHTING BACK!

Battle of Mind got its name from the fact to heal from depression/anxiety and other common mental health conditions such as low confidence and self worth there is a need to ‘fight back’ from the perception you have and the feelings you get from the opinions and comments of others. When I had depression I felt very heavy, low energy to do anything and always quite sleepy but I knew if I gave in to these feelings I would not change and improve my life so I got up, I started exercising via the wii, getting myself in shape and educating myself by learning a new language and how to code websites and improve my skills in the Adobe suite…at times it was incredibly hard to be motivated but I had to keep fighting and it was a battle of self-defeating inner monologues and thoughts between ‘what is the point’ to ‘I will never be able to do it’ to ‘I just give up’. I changed these thoughts to things that I could fight back against by talking to myself positively like ‘I will change my life’ , ‘I will do whatever it takes’, ‘I will life a fulfulling life’, ‘I will train myself to become a better version of myself’. Continue reading “win the battle in your mind by FIGHTING BACK!”