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What is perfectionism?

What is perfectionism?

Perfectionism is not just about ‘being perfect’ or ‘doing things perfectly’. It’s more about striving for extremely high standards or even holding others to such high standards. Surely the idea of working really hard to achieve a high standard in our workplace,...

Self-Care in a Caring Role

Self-Care in a Caring Role

Who are carers? When we talk about ‘carers’ this month, we are referring to people who provide unpaid care and support to someone with a mental health condition, typically a family member or a friend. This may include help with everyday tasks, such as administering...

Using Exposure therapy to help child anxiety

Using Exposure therapy to help child anxiety

Childhood anxiety can be debilitating and cause significant distress for children and parents alike. A primary maintaining factor of anxiety is avoidance of a feared situation, event, or object (i.e., stimulus). A child may avoid being alone, speaking in front their...

Helping your anxious child to be BRAVE

Helping your anxious child to be BRAVE

To help children to overcome anxiety we can teach them to be BRAVE.  Using the letters form the word brave, we can teach children simple steps to approach rather than avoid things that make them anxious.  Watch the video to find out more or head over the BRAVE online...

Helping children to be brave.

Helping children to be brave.

What is being brave? For children to cope with feeling anxious, they must understand the importance of being brave. They must understand the power of courage. But most importantly, they must understand that being brave does not mean an absence of feeling scared or...

Understanding child anxiety

Understanding child anxiety

What is anxiety? Anxiety is a normal part of living. Anxiety is part of our survival instinct and it kicks in when we feel that we are under threat. When under the threat our amygdala fires up and prepares our body to survive the danger ahead. The trouble with anxiety...

What is ACT?

What is ACT?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is commonly referred to as ACT, which is said as one word “Act” rather than the individual letters. It is an evidence-based cognitive and behavioural intervention.  ACT is designed to create greater psychological flexibility, which...

What is EFT?

What is EFT?

Emotion focused therapy (EFT) in its most simplistic form is a type of therapy that is focused on emotions. It is sometimes called “Process Experiential Therapy”. The core tenet of EFT is that our emotions are the key in helping us understand what is important to us...

What is CBT?

What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is based on the principles that our emotions and behaviours are influenced by our thoughts. Often these are unhelpful automatic thoughts, meaning that they occur in our mind without consciousness, leading us to feel overwhelmed,...

Understanding the process of therapy

Understanding the process of therapy

When people commence working with a psychologists, whether for the first time or if you have engaged with a psychologist before, it can be a daunting prospect; What’s it going to be like? What are they going to ask me? Will I like it?  These are all nature and...

Pain in children

Unfortunately children also experience pain. As adults, we often want to do what we can to help them avoid pain, but this is not always possible. As psychologists there are may things we can do to help children cope with pain. To find out more watch this video from...