Food Addiction

    Is it possible to be addicted to food or is addiction a poor excuse for lack of willpower? An increasing amount of people feel out of control when it comes to their eating and struggle through each day with health problems, emotional consequences and social limitations as a result. More recent studies have Continue reading »

Passive Aggression

“Passive aggressive” is a term that has become more widely used, yet understanding and explaining what that means can be as frustrating as living or working with someone who is passive aggressive. The frustration often comes about because the passive aggressive person’s indirect expression of hostility is not honestly owned by them. The recipient of Continue reading »

Rewind Technique

Dr. David Muss developed the Rewind Technique from 1970’s research by Neuro-Linguistic Programming founders Richard Bandler & John Grinder. It was later further developed by Joe Griffin & Ivan Tyrrell (Human Givens Therapy). Normally, the brain is able to separate emotions from memories. The Hippocampus gives the memory an event context and codes it in Continue reading »

Buttons

Buttons are sometimes used in counselling. This comes from Gestalt Therapy. The counsellor invites the client to choose a button to represent themselves. The client is then invited to choose buttons for anyone who is significant in their life (positively/negatively, past/present). The counsellor then notices aspects of the buttons, such as colour, size, texture and Continue reading »

Bereavement & Loss

Grieving after a death or other loss (e.g. divorce/separation, abortion, job, health, loss of safety such as after violence, relocation) is a natural and necessary process that most people experience and come out the other side of in a reasonably healthy way. However, sometimes people just don’t have support (or the right kind of support) Continue reading »

Childhood Abuse

Childhood abuse, whether it is physical, emotional or sexual (or a combination of these) can have long term effects on mental health and wellbeing. Many people who experience childhood abuse live successful lives. Sometimes though people feel the need for extra emotional support through counselling. When might someone who has survived childhood abuse seek counselling? Continue reading »

Workplace Issues

Probably the first question that is asked of us when meeting someone new is, “What do you do?”. Our job is a large part of our identity and we spend much of our time at work, often in the company of people we haven’t chosen to spend time with! There are a number of work Continue reading »

Relationships

Human beings are naturally sociable and the connections we build in relationships help us to work out who we are, feel we belong and give our lives meaning. Those with satisfying relationships have fewer health problems and studies have shown they live longer. When we surround ourselves with good relationships we are more able to Continue reading »

Working With Trauma/PTSD

Possibly the most important thing to realise about counselling for Trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD – distress caused by trauma that hasn’t resolved within 4-6 weeks) is that you can be trusted to know what’s best for you and therefore the pace at which you feel comfortable. It’s not necessary to work directly Continue reading »