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How to Support Dads with Their Mental Health

Up until fairly recently, the general consensus was that only the birthing person could experience perinatal ...
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Why Self-Care isn’t Always the Answer

What Is Self-Care? Self-care promotes our wellbeing in a holistic way. It’s subjective and personal to ...
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How to Stop Blaming Yourself as a Mum

What is Self-Blame? Self-blame is the process of attributing a stressful event or situation to yourself. ...
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What it Means to be a Generational Cycle Breaker

As parents, we have a great deal of influence over our children. We shape their lives ...
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Understanding Your Critical Voice

What is the Critical Voice? The critical voice has many names. You may have heard it ...
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EMDR or Schema Therapy – Which is Right for You?

I am trained in several modalities including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Schema Therapy. ...
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The Self-Soothing Series – Safety Bubble Imagery

I’m back with another instalment of the self-soothing series in which I share tools and strategies ...
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What is Complex PTSD?

What is Complex PTSD? The term Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or CPTSD) describes a set ...
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How We Use Goals in Therapy

When you have psychological therapy, you will be asked to think about your treatment goals. The ...
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Unhelpful Coping Strategies Explained

What are Unhelpful Coping Strategies? We are all born with three innate survival strategies – fight, ...
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3 Ways to Manage Perfectionism at Christmas

At this time of year, there is a lot of pressure, particularly on mums, to create ...
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Why Mothers Need Mothering

My ethos around working with mothers is about holding space for them, their feelings and their ...
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What is Schema Therapy?

Developed by Jeff Young in the 90s, Schema Therapy is an integrative approach incorporating powerful elements ...
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The Self-Soothing Series - Journaling and Affirmations

The Self-Soothing Series – Journaling and Affirmations

I’m back with another instalment of the self-soothing series in which I share tools and strategies ...
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Coping with Perinatal OCD

Coping With Perinatal OCD

What is Perinatal OCD? OCD is an anxiety disorder characterised by unwanted intrusive thoughts that create ...
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The Self-Soothing Series - Using Your Imagination

The Self-Soothing Series – Using Your Imagination

I’m back with another instalment of the self-soothing series in which I share tools and strategies ...
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What to Do if Therapy Isn’t Working

When someone begins their therapy journey, they’re usually hoping for some kind of change or transformation. ...
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The Self-Soothing Series – Visualisation

I'm back with another instalment of the self-soothing series in which I share tools and strategies ...
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Mum Guilt – What to Do When You Feel Like a Bad Mum

'Mum guilt', the name given to the feelings of guilt women experience in relation to their ...
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The Self-Soothing Series – Diaphragmatic Breathing

What is Self-Soothing? The practise of self- soothing is about using strategies to soothe and calm ...
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Understanding Mum Rage

Understanding ‘Mum Rage’

What is Mum Rage? The term ‘mum rage’ refers to unrestrained, inexplicable anger many mothers experience ...
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The Inner Child Explained

Our inner child is the child part of us that carries all the pain we felt ...
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What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur at any age. It usually begins within the first three ...
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Trauma – It’s Not What You Think It Is

If I asked you to give me some examples of traumatic events, what would you say? ...
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CBT or EMDR – How to Choose the Right Therapy

I am trained in both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). ...
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I’ve Finished Therapy, What Happens Next?

If you’re at the beginning of your therapy journey or yet to start, finishing probably feels ...
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How to Look After Yourself If You’re Unable to Breastfeed

Most who've experienced it would agree, breastfeeding is hard. Especially in the early weeks and months ...
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Living with Infertility – A Therapist’s Perspective

TW – Infertility and Baby Loss Did you know, around one in seven couples may have ...
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Coping With Birth Trauma

TW – Birth Trauma What is Birth Trauma? The Birth Trauma Association describes ‘birth trauma’ as ...
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How to Get the Most Out of Therapy

Therapy is an investment, both financially and in terms of your time and energy. If you’re ...
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How Self-Compassion Can Help You Parent

What is Self-Compassion? Self-compassion is the process of turning compassion inward. It's about being kind and ...
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How to Support Someone Who's Had a Miscarriage

How to Support Someone After Miscarriage

TW – Miscarriage Whatever the circumstances, miscarriage is utterly heart-breaking. No matter how far into pregnancy, ...
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What To Expect at Your First Therapy Session

If you're new to therapy, or working with a new Therapist for the first time, attending ...
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What is Reparenting and Where Do I Start?

What is Reparenting? In simple terms, reparenting is the act of giving yourself what you didn't ...
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Pregnancy After Loss – How to Manage Anxiety

TW – Baby Loss Pregnancy After Loss If you’re experiencing pregnancy after loss, you may find ...
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How to Support Someone During the Fourth Trimester

So, your friend or loved one is about to become a mother and you want to ...
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When Does the Perinatal Period Start and End?

I provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Schema Therapy, ...
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Health Anxiety In Pregnancy & After Birth

What Does Health Anxiety Look Like? Health Anxiety occurs when an individual is preoccupied with being ...
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Let’s Doula This! The Power of Doula Support

Let’s Doula This – Recognising The Power of Doula Support By Robyn @mightybirthtribe As I sit ...
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Intrusive Thoughts In Parenthood

We spend a hell of a lot of time each day thinking about things. The average ...
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All You Need To Know About EMDR Therapy

What Is EMDR Therapy? EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a psychological therapy that was ...
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Is Paying For Private Therapy Worth It?

What is Private Therapy? It may come as no surprise to you that private therapy is ...
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How To Survive The Fourth Trimester

What Is The Fourth Trimester? We typically hear about the first, second and third trimester of ...
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What Is Birth Trauma?

According to SAMHSA, 2014, individual trauma results from an event, or series of events, or set ...
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Excessive reassurance seeking & anxiety

Seeking excessive reassurance is a very common coping strategy for those that get anxious about things. ...
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How can CBT help with Postnatal Depression?

It is thought that 10-20% of new parents develop Postnatal Depression. Research has even found that ...
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International Father’s Mental Health Day

On 21st June 2021, it was International Father's Mental Health Day, a day founded by Mark ...
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What is Low Self-Esteem?

What Is Low-Self Esteem? Low self-esteem is something that I see very commonly in clinical practice. ...
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How to manage excessive worrying

What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder? Have you always been a bit of a worrier? Do you ...
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Baby Blues or Postnatal Depression?

You may be wondering whether the change in how you are feeling after having your baby ...
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Can Childhood Adversity Cause Anxiety?

What Are Adverse Childhood Experiences? I was asked recently whether childhood adversity can contribute to problems ...
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Homework in CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a very practical therapy that involves homework as a huge part ...
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Anxiety in The Body

Can Anxiety Cause Physical Symptoms? Many people who I have worked with in therapy are so ...
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Anti-depressants in Pregnancy

What You Need to Know About Anti-Depressants in Pregnancy The most important thing I'd want you ...
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Coronavirus and OCD

OCD is an anxiety disorder that is characterised by unwanted intrusive thoughts which create intense distress, ...
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Counselling or CBT?

  What is The Difference Between CBT & Counselling? The two most common types of psychological ...
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What is perinatal mental health?

What is Perinatal Mental Health? The term "perinatal," refers to the period from conception up until ...
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Post-natal Depression in men/partners

We often hear about women experiencing Postnatal Depression after the birth of a child. This illness ...
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How Effective Is Online Therapy?

How Effective Is Online Therapy? Over the years, psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), ...
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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a NICE approved psychotherapy used to treat ...
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