Anxiety

De-Scrooging (and Being Mindful) at Christmas

Guest Blogger Chris McConnell, CBT, ACT and Mindfulness Therapist, has written some timely words on managing anxiety, stress and depression at this time of year. De-Scrooging Yourself this Christmas Watching an advertisement on Irish TV recently, showing two employees going to great lengths to de-scrooge their boss, who on Christmas Eve demands a pile of…

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Surviving The Family at Christmas

Let’s face it, we might all love our families, but that doesn’t mean we like them all the time. Christmas can be a stressful time of year, when relatives who have not spent any time together all year, suddenly converge in one place.  With them they bring memories, habits, routines and their own beliefs of…

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The Difficulty With Willpower

Today’s blog is a combination of two recent articles/presentations by the American Psychological Association (APA).  I’ve combined both an article and a video, as together they provide strong support for the structure and content of our online program, Feeling Focused™, designed to help challenge Emotional Eating, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder. Our program combines CBT…

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Focusing on Feelings

“Many people are afraid of their feelings, especially the so-called negative emotions.  They are afraid they can’t handle their pain, that it will overwhelm them.  They are afraid that if they allow themselves to feel their loneliness it will last forever, that if they fully experience their anger they will do hurtful, destructive things.  They…

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Balancing our ”Shoulds” with out ”Want To” Lists

I was chatting with a colleague at the water cooler one day, and I was sounding off about all the things I ‘should’ be doing.  More exercise (any exercise if I’m honest!), cutting back a little on client work, focusing on  other projects that demand a lot of time just now, spending more time with…

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A Model of Counselling We Can All Live By…

Working with an Executive Coach recently, I was reminded by her of a particular model of counselling, called Transactional Analysis.  The assumptions of the ‘Transactional Analysis’ Framework are: People are OK. Everyone has the capacity to think. People decide their own destiny, and these decisions can be changed.   Wow.  It’s that simple.  And to…

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Toxic Mothers

Client “Lisa”: My mother was an alcoholic when I was a child.  She drank for years, but it was never acknowledged.  Even now, she runs a support group for other alcoholics, but she denies that it’s related to her experience.  Every time I try to talk to my mom or dad about the past and…

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What does being ‘Feminine’ mean?

  This post was written by Emma Murphy, founder of Change Panda, Counsellor & Psychotherapist, following her return from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in the USA, at the end of 2011. I have recently returned from both the NEDA Conference in L.A., and a short family vacation at the same time – combining…

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Can you commit to change?

Today’s blog is about change. Whilst reading “Fat is a Family Affair” (Judi Hollis), I was struck by my experience of setting up one of my therapy groups for eating distress, and Judi’s concept of change in relation to Food Obsession (her conceptualisation of eating distress). From experience in setting up my group, I know I need to…

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Have you got that Friday feeling?

It’s Friday.  Are you happy? Excited?  Looking forward to the weekend ahead – having a lie in, meeting up with friends, playing sports?  Or are you anxious about having to go out with friends?  Are you feeling sick with dread because weekends are ‘bad’ for bingeing?  Are you feeling upset that you are spending another…

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