Mindfulness in the Face of a Pandemic

Introduction COVID-19 is an exhausted topic which has received daily media coverage since it’s breakout in December. Even now as I write this article, I find myself attempting to not exhaust any talk if COVID-19. Yet, despite our frustration, the pandemic is still very real all over the world, and …

Top 10 Early Signs of Depression

Depression is a big topic when it comes to mental health, and with good reason: the World Health Organisation (WHO) proposes depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, with over 264 million people of all ages experiencing it. Depression can affect anyone at any time, but the events of …

Everything You Need To Know To Improve Your Mental Health in 2021

2020 was tough…that much is obvious. We experienced the biggest global pandemic of a century, people lost their homes, their jobs and even their loved ones. They also lost their ability in many ways to manage and improve their mental health. For me as a psychologist, I found the past …

Writing a Formulation – Sasha Rose

Learning to write clinical and research reports is a feature of most Psychology and Counselling training.  Formulations are increasingly used in clinical, mental health and forensic settings to make sense of a client’s issues and to provide recommendations for treatment.   This guide will outline the key elements of a …

Distraction and Self-Care – What’s the Difference?

Imagine a scenario in which a person goes to see a therapist for help in dealing with depression/anxiety. The therapist tells them to use self-care by doing whatever makes them feel better: get immersed in a good book; watch a series on Netflix; go for long walks, etc.- with the …

How to Reflect…Without Ruminative Brooding by Chelsea Robin

It may be common ground to propose that we all initially experience ourselves as neutral, objective and separate. This assumption is incorrect and once recognized reflection can occur. Reflection involves recognising we all have bias’ and we are influenced by our genetics, environment and culture. Within a conversation, why did …

What is it Like to Have Depression & What Can We Do About It?

Depression is a mental state that is becoming increasingly common, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) identifying depression as one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Unfortunately, this doesn’t even take into account the experience of depressive symptoms or unreported cases, which are often overlooked! With this in mind, …

I’m not anxious, I’m afraid: Response to COVID-19 by Kayleigh Erasmus

I’m seeing a lot of advice out there from mental health professionals and helpful community members about how to reduce your anxiety. While I know this is valuable, I believe their advice and strategies miss a crucial part of the picture: our fear, right now, makes sense. When you are …

The Third Wave Of Therapy. What Is Next & How Did We Get Here? by Aadil Budhwani

The term ‘third-wave’ has been amassing attention from professionals and the media alike, legitimacy throughout the psychological society, and patients searching for an alternative to traditional models of psychotherapy. Early Psychology Early psychology, such as the work of Wilhelm Wundt and William James, focused primarily on the phenomenon of conscious …