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What is SAD?

What is SAD?

Many people go through short periods of time where they feel sad or not like their usual selves. Sometimes, these mood changes begin and end when the seasons change. People may start to feel “down” when the days get shorter and begin to feel better in the spring, with...

What are psychoeducational assessments?

What are psychoeducational assessments?

Psychoeducational assessments are primarily used to determine why your child may be struggling in school. It consists of a range of assessments, when interpreted together, gives us valuable insight into your child’s cognitive functioning and how it may impact them in...

What are psychometric assessments?

What are psychometric assessments?

Psychometrics, by definition, are essentially measurements designed to measure areas of psychological interests. Just like medical professionals take our blood pressure, temperature and pulse during our check-ups, psychometric assessments are tools that psychologists...

What is IQ?

What is IQ?

IQ stands for "Intelligence Quotient" and is a measure of human intelligence obtained through standardised tests. There are several areas that are assessed when exploring IQ; If an IQ assessment is completed it will assess: The Verbal ComprehensionIndex measures a...

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...

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