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How to stand up for yourself (and why you find it so difficult)

For some of us, standing up for ourselves doesn’t come naturally – in fact, it might even feel impossible. Maybe you’re someone who doesn’t like to “rock the boat” so you swallow any opposing thoughts...

Why do I have intrusive thoughts? And how to manage them

Have you ever been stood waiting patiently for your train and out of nowhere you imagine yourself pushing someone off the platform? Or maybe you’ve been sat in a peaceful church service and you suddenly...

First Visit to a Psychologist: What to Expect and How to Prepare 

It’s normal to feel a little nervous before starting therapy, particularly if you’ve never been before. Doing anything for the first time can feel intimidating. But there’s really nothing to worry about. You will never...

Reasons to See a Psychologist: What are the Most Common Reasons People Go to Therapy?

Long gone are the days when people felt they needed to keep their therapist under wraps (although, of course, you still can if you prefer it that way).  However, despite stigmas around therapy – thankfully!...

Why Am I Such a Perfectionist?

Do you have difficulty “switching off”? Do you feel like nothing is ever good enough? That there’s always more to achieve? Unfortunately, in our always-on culture, perfectionism has become one of our more accepted addictions. ...

Feeling Down at Christmas: How to Support Your Mental Health Over the Holidays

Contrary to what we see in the movies, Christmas isn’t always the warm, cosy, festivity-filled holiday we’d hope it to be. For some people, Christmas can be an especially isolating time. The holidays are filled...

Toxic Family Dynamics: Signs You Grew Up in a Dysfunctional Family

Have you ever found yourself staring longingly at that adoring family who look like the perfect picture of happiness and love – and wonder why yours can’t be more like that? All families have arguments...

DBT for Depression: What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and How Can it Help?

“Times are tough – but I am tougher”. What is DBT? Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a structured, skills-based therapy that is especially helpful for those who have difficulty managing their emotions. It was originally...

“I Hate My Body”: How to Improve Body Image and When to Seek Help

Since the beginning of time, we’ve given importance to the beauty of the human body. If we glance back in history, we’ll find that this ideal of beauty is forever changing. From Marilyn Monroe’s curvaceous...