Articles about counselling

I occasionally post articles about issues within Counselling and Psychotherapy that I feel are of importance to my work or helpful to others. Some I have published  elsewhere, others I have written for my own enjoyment. Please feel free to read through these at your own leisure:

Psychological gym – The Workout for the Mind

People generally don’t think twice about accessing a gym or discussing different gym routines or exercises with friends. So why do we not take the same approach with regards to accessing therapy or talking about mental health?

Anger management: “How do you transform a raging lion into a purring cat?”

Anger is a natural, healthy emotion that can drive us forward and help us to overcome adversity. However, unfortunately for some people, it either becomes akin to a raging Lion waiting to pounce or a wolf in sheep’s clothing. 

Omnipotence: The hidden danger

The purpose of this article is to try and bring the concept of omnipotence to a wider audience. I hope by increasing peoples’ awareness it might help them recognise the hidden dangers that it can present both within themselves and in their relationships.

Addicted To Despair

This is a type of addiction that is not as widely known, but can still be as debilitating as other high profile addictions. It is not as visible as other addictions. For instance, there is no bottle or syringe, only an array of broken dreams, relationships and aspirations.

Panic Attacks

In my work as a analytical psychotherapist, I encounter quite a few people who struggle with panic attacks. What becomes clear pretty quickly is that some of these individuals tend to be very, very angry. However, they are not aware of their anger, and what transpires later is that they are also very frightened by their anger.

Antidepressants: a psychotherapist’s view

I have decided to reflect on this issue for two reasons, the first reason being the recent news report (BBC, Guardian) that has shown that more than half of all those taking antidepressants experience withdrawal problems – which for millions of people are severe. Secondly, I want to try and inspire people to engage in a psychological process instead of – or combined – with taking antidepressants.

Worrier or Warrior?

My experience has taught me that when an individual can get to grips with becoming ordinarily potent the less omnipotent they act in the world and the more content they become.

How can you have feelings without the feelings having you?

Generally, one of the main difficulties that I encounter in my work as a analytical psychotherapist is related to the above question. How can a person have feelings without the feelings having them? At first glance it may sound an odd question to ask. However, from my experience it is one of the key questions to ask.