Labile mood

What does labile mood mean? Labile mood is a medical, psychological and psychiatric term. It is used to describe people who experience irregular emotional responses. Labile mood is associated with severe mood swings and with intense emotional reactions.  Often the … Read more

I feel like a failure

Feeling like a Failure I went through a phase where nothing I did would go right. It started off with problems at work. Someone joined our team and became very critical of me. Whenever I suggested anything she would be … Read more

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How to stop catastrophising

Do you catastrophise? Do you find you quickly go to a negative view of how things will turn out? Do you quickly imagine catastrophes happening? How do you find a way to keep perspective? When we talk about catastrophising we … Read more

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Internal Working Model

What do we mean by an internal working model? In this blog I write about psychoanalysis and psychodynamic counselling and why it is such a useful therapeutic model.  Here I am looking in particular at John Bowlby’s (1907-90) internal working … Read more

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Crying For No Reason

Do you find yourself crying for no reason? Is there anything wrong with crying? Is crying for no reason a sign of clinical depression? Is it a sign of anxiety disorder? Or are you crying about a deeply sad, perhaps … Read more

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Conditions of Worth

Do you know what your conditions of worth are? Conditions of worth are the moral and behavioural codes that you live by. Often we are not entirely clear about what our conditions of worth are. Are you attached to conditions … Read more

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Nervous breakdown

We don’t tend to talk about nerves so much these days.  Now we talk more of stress, anxiety and of problems with our brain chemistry and neurotransmitters, we talk of mental illness and mental health.  But, I think we retain … Read more

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Patient Confidentiality

Patient confidentiality is a fundamental part of psychotherapy and counselling When you go to psychotherapy or counselling you need to have the peace of mind that what you say in your sessions remains private.  What you say here stays here, … Read more

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Alcohol and anxiety

“I used to say to myself that a drink would settle my anxiety and help me relax, would settle my nerves.  Maybe it used to.  But in the long run it just made me more anxious.”  Anonymous It is a … Read more

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Love is blind

Love is blind, the decisions we make Perhaps you are someone who has made reckless decisions in the name of love.  Perhaps you walked out on a long marriage having fallen for someone out of the blue.  You wouldn’t have imagined … Read more

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Is A Cognitive Approach Enough?

Is a Cognitive Approach enough? Cognitive approaches to psychotherapy get a great deal of attention.  Are they right for you? You want to change your life and stop repeating the same mistakes and problems.  You want to stop having things … Read more

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