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Reflections

People often ask me about my job and I tend not to get much time to think about it between balancing work and three children. Someone I met asked me again this weekend. How did I get into my work? Do I like it? Don't I cry all the time? etc, etc. Aside from that I always find at this time of year I start becoming reflective in the lead up to year end.

DBT Part Two

The key to success with DBT is practice.

One acronym to distract from distress in a healthy way is 

DBT PART 1

I have recently been studying and exploring the world of DBT and started to implement this within my practice . Many of the clients I meet struggle not to harm themselves in some way when they feeling overwhelmed. Self harm comes in the form of substance abuse, acting out sexually, cutting, burning, starving, bingeing, purging to name just a few vices. 

For Families: Helping the Addict

It seems counterintuitive but the worst thing families can do to "help" someone struggling with an addiction is to rescue them from the consequences of their behaviour.

Anxiety Worry and CBT Part three

Challenging Thoughts:

In my last blog I spoke about the types of thinking errors (cognitive distortions) that we are prone to in order to maintain our core beliefs which often do not serve us. One really simple exercise to challenge thoughts is keeping a thoughts record. I often use this with my clients. When you feel distressed it can be useful to do the following:

Recovery and The Festive Season - TOP TIPS

Christmas and New years can be a daunting time for people in early recovery from alcohol who are practising abstinence. Here's some top tips for getting through those family occasions and parties....

Anxiety, Worry and CBT Part Two

Cognitive Distortions

People suffering from anxiety are prone to something called cognitive distortions or thinking errors. These thinking errors are ways that our minds convince us that are core beliefs (the beliefs we form about ourselves and the world in childhoood) are true. Common thinking errors include a few of the following:

Worry, Anxiety and CBT Part one

Anxiety VS Worry

We all go through periods in our life when we worry more than at other times. However worry is normally appropriate and proportionate to the situation at the time. For example your child leaving home for the first time and wondering if they will be living of baked beans for the rest of their lives. These thoughts are not obsessional and do not stop you going about your day to day life. However someone with anxiety is crippled with worry and it effects their daily functioning. They won't get in a car because they are convinced they will be in an accident.