Category Archives: Depression

“I remember the place” – a movement practice

I’d like to introduce you to a favourite sanity-inducing movement practice of mine. My acupressure teacher Arnold Porter taught it to me over a decade ago and I’ve been finding healthy perspective through it ever since. I believe it is from the Shin … Continue reading

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CBT for depression workbook

Whilst I’m no hardliner Cognitive Behavioural therapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be a useful tool. I recently found a freely available workbook that is well organised and practical. I would recommend it to anyone struggling with depression as one approach to try.  … Continue reading

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Did you have an alcoholic/dysfunctional parent growing up? Relationship “compass” rewiring please

Adults who grew up in homes where one or both parents were alcoholics (aka Children of Alcoholics or COAs), or where there was other significant dysfunction, often have the hardest time navigating intimate relationships as adults. We humans tend to internalise the models … Continue reading

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Beyond Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach that research has shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression amongst other issues. In this article I’ll explain the basics of CBT, look at some recent developments that combine CBT with … Continue reading

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Digital distraction: tips for staying truly connected

How distracted are you? Do you have good device-use “manners”? Have you ever texted at the dinner table? Answered an inconsequential text/email disrupting an otherwise enjoyable conversation? Do you turn to technology to relieve anxiety? Has this behaviour become so habitual you … Continue reading

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How to healthily relate to anger

Feeling angry seems taboo in our culture. We’re told to let go of it, to control it, manage it. The underlying message is “don’t be angry”. So we’re stuck with having a very uncomfortable feeling that we’re not meant to have, with very little road map apart … Continue reading

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How to talk to your inner critic so it will listen

We all know it: the critical voice (or force) inside that has something demeaning to say about you. It might say (or feel like): “do more, it’s not enough”, or “why did you do it like that? …you messed up again?” or “why would he like you?” or “ooh, think … Continue reading

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Why do depressed people feel so guilty?

Ah, guilt. So insidious.  The insidious bit to me is the blurring of the border between a real and imaginedsense of remorse.  For guilt is actually a useful feeling for we social humans to have. Without guilt we wouldn’t have much of a conscience, therefore … Continue reading

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Study: Post-partum Depression More Likely 4 yrs Postpartum

Many women feel relief if they make it through the first few months with no sign of ongoing post-partum depression or anxiety. Having studied, and experienced, post-partum challenges myself I was curious to find this: an article published in Today’s Parent (Feb 2015) … Continue reading

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