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     Are you feeling stuck in a sense of anxiety or depression?  Often, people will feel both anxiety and depression concurrently.  One of the common features of feeling stuck, and unable to shift away from these emotions, is fear and panic.  We can be so focused on how horrible it is to feel these emotions, that we can lose sight of what they each are and how they each affect us. … Read More

Good morning from a wet Friday in England. We have ten days of stormy weather arriving today! Still, the rain keeps these islands green and lush. What are your plans for the weekend? Try my 10 point plan this weekend and let me know how you get on. 1) Chat with at least one person, in-person. 2) Make a kind gesture for at least one person. 3) Spend at least 15 minutes… Read More

An activity I use with clients who may have communication difficulties, is that of collage making.  Communication difficulties can happen for a very broad range of reasons.  For example, a person may have experienced a trauma and so may either be unable to, or may not want to, use words to communicate.  Sometimes, disability may be the reason that a person has difficulty expressing themselves verbally. A person may have a learning… Read More

A method of dream interpretation, that I use in the context of a therapy session, is to listen to the client recount their dream and to then do the following: To begin, inform the client that literally everything in the dream is a representation of a part of his/herself.  This means literally everything they see and experience. Inform the client that the subconscious is busy processing thoughts, feelings, emotions and experiences while… Read More

One of the illnesses that I have seen clients deeply affected by, is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), or ME.  An illness that causes overwhelming tiredness, even after rest or sleep, CFS impacts significantly on the emotional and physical well-being of those who suffer from it.  In those of a working age, there is the added impact of family and working life being disrupted, by CFS, in the crucial years when earning money,… Read More

Today, I have been reflecting about the lovely clinic in Wickham Market that I now practice from as one of my therapy venues.  Depending on the day and time, I sometimes arrive to the cheerful sound of a peel of Church bells.  This always makes me smile, as I think of busy villagers getting ready for a Church service or, when it is evening, perhaps the local bell-ringers are having a practice? … Read More

In the Parkinson’s community that is Parkinson’s Road; a Facebook based global support group that I write for and co-facilitate, the subject of communication between people with Parkinson’s and those close to them, arises frequently.  This is an incredibly important and complex subject and this post is just another brief aspect of a far bigger discussion. My belief, as a co-facilitator of an online support group, is that a main aspiration for… Read More

Today, I posted on my professional Facebook page about physical well-being and how that benefits psychological health.  Here is the excerpt from my Facebook page: Dean’s Facebook Page In my role as a psychotherapist, I highlight the merits of physical activity and physical well-being in relation to maintaining positive mental-health.  There is much research that evidences how regular exercise, healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle improve cognitive function and increase the ‘happy’ chemicals… Read More

Aaron Beck (born 1921) is known for further developing Cognitive Behaviour theory.  I have found that he is known to have developed studies and clinical observations of clients, in the 1960’s, in relation to the treatment of depression. Beck became known for having further developed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and a ‘Model of Depression’.  The aim of this was to enable a client to change their unhelpful and unhealthy thought processes into helpful… Read More