Many clients come to me reporting that they have social anxiety as expressed in an excessive worry about being negatively evaluated by others in social settings. For some, this may mean experiencing significant distress during social gatherings. For others, this may cause them to altogether avoid social environments with unfamiliar people. Even when we do not generally have an outright fear of social interactions, most of us will occasionally experience
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What question do psychologists get asked the most? ‘What do you do?’ – ‘I’m a psychologist.’ – ‘Oh wow! So can you read my mind?’ Every. Single. Time. (Okay, fine, not every time, but more often than not). It saddens me to have to admit that I cannot read your mind. If there was a way of tapping in and out of people’s heads to hear what they are truly
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Outside of the mental health world, psychologists and psychiatrists may be seen as the same thing – professionals to reach out to when we are going through mental health challenges. However, there is one very fundamental difference between these two occupations: Psychologists are trained in analysing and understanding human behaviour. They look for dysfunctional patterns in thoughts, emotions and behaviour and address these in psychotherapy from a perspective of behavioural
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Christmas is a time for family gatherings, pine trees with shiny decorations, tasty food, and the joys of giving. Why then can this period of the year trigger so many negative emotions? We see a rise in anxiety and depression around Christmas, and statistics show that often these go untreated, indicating that people are often struggling with their mental health by themselves. Christmas Stressors One of the biggest contributors to
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The power of the human-animal bond in improving mental health and well-being is becoming increasingly recognized. This bond is traced back to the domestication of animals over 30,000 years ago, but it is likely that connections between humans and animals sharing territorial spaces existed even before this time. The human-animal bond is characterised by an on-going, reciprocal connection in which both humans and animals fulfil certain roles for their mutual
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Couple therapy shouldn’t be a last resort but a chance to change negatives into positives, says psychologist Esslin Terrighena. If you have ever found yourself blankly staring at another slammed door, wondering how that escalated so quickly, you may have joined the many couples who get stuck in frustratingly repetitive patterns of unhealthy arguments. These confrontations are likely followed by guilt, sadness, anger or anxiety, and the nagging thought that somehow you
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