What is Aphantasia? And Does it Affect Mental Health?

Often wondered how other people seem to ‘daydream’ and visualise things in their heads? When you just draw a blank? You might have aphantasia. The definition of aphantasia So what is aphantasia?  The majority of people have some capacity to conjure visuals in their mind, even if some are naturally better at it than others. [&# [Read Entire Story]

Erikson Theory – Are You a Success at the ‘Stages of Life’?

Are you on track in life, or do you have a sense you are less together than others around you? Not sure where it all went wrong? It can help to learn Erikson Theory. What is Erikson Theory? “Erikson Theory” is a set of eight stages of psychosocial development seen as essential to becoming a productive … [Read Entire Story]

What is ‘Evidence-Based’ Therapy, Practise and Treatment?

You might have seen the term ‘evidence-based’ on different psychology and psychotherapy sites. It sounds impressive — but what does it really mean? A Definition of ‘Evidence-Based’ The term ‘evidence based’ means that the best available facts and information have been taken into account. It’s a term mostly used in connection to health services, although … [Read Entire Story]

Psychological Projection – Are You Making Everyone Else Responsible?

What is psychological projection? Psychological projection involves attributing the feelings and thoughts we don’t like in ourselves to those around us instead, without even realising we are doing so. And it’s a common habit we all tend to indulge in. But psychological projection is also something that we can learn to stop doing, and by so … [Read Entire Story]

What is Logotherapy?

“Don’t worry, be happy!” chants the well-known pop song. But faced with a world where unemployment, bereavement and ill health can hit anyone at any time, and the media presents us with one global tragedy after another, this can seem nigh on impossible. Should we try harder to have a positive mindset? Be more relentless in … [Read Entire Story]

What is Dissociative Disorder?

Dissociative disorders are a collection of mental health issues which involve an altered sense of reality where you feel disconnected from yourself and the world in general.  It’s thought that this tendency to disassociate starts as a defence mechanism when there is a need to cope with an overwhelming event, such as [Read Entire Story]

The Use of Symbols in Psychology

From cave paintings to modern day ’emoticons’, symbols have existed for thousands of years, and are a central part of our daily lives. We often use them in speech to create understanding with people who share our culture or experience. “My heart was like lead” gives a clear indication of sadness and regret. Other symbols … [Read Entire Story]

Sympathy and Empathy – Do You Really Know the Difference?

Both empathy and sympathy are forms of having concern for another person. There seem to be varying definitions of what exactly the differences are. Dictionaries say one thing, but modern usage encompasses other angles. In psychology, empathy is focussed on as more useful than sympathy. The term empathy was in fact created by pioneers of scientific psychology in the … [Read Entire Story]

What is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?

As its name implies, Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) brings together theories and practises from both cognitive therapies and psychoanalytic approaches. A time-limited therapy, it is usually offered in courses of between 16 and 24 weekly sessions. The aim of Cognitive analytic therapy is to be an integration of useful, focused techniques that are quickly effective yet … [Read Entire Story]

What is Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy?

Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) is a short-term, highly structured form of psychotherapy that is used to treat depression and anxiety. A usual course of DIT consists of sixteen weekly sessions. DIT’s focus is on relationships, and helping clients understand the link between their low moods and the ways they are interacting with [Read Entire Story]

What is Compassion-Focused Therapy?

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is a kind of psychotherapy designed to help those who suffer from high levels of self-criticism and shame. It helps you to learn how to feel kinder towards yourself and others, and to feel safe and capable in a world that can seem overwhelming. Founded by British clinical psychologist Paul Raymond Gilbert, CFT is an … [Read Entire Story]

Can Animals Improve Our Moods?

Whether you grew up with an animal pal, are an avid pet owner, or just enjoy playing with your friend’s dog or cat, for many of us there is a distinct and pure happiness associated with interacting with animals.  But are animals just a happy furry distraction, or do they really have the power to substantially … [Read Entire Story]

What is Schizophrenia?

What is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a common mental health disorder worldwide, with up to 2% of the population seen as exhibiting symptoms. The main factor with schizophrenia is a marked and consistent inability to differentiate between what is real and what isn’t real, generally involving hallucinations (false perceptions like voices) and delusions (a set of … [Read Entire Story]

What Is the DSM and Can It Really Help You?

What is the DSM? You may have heard references made to the DSM in the media, or perhaps a health professional or therapist mentioned it to you. The DSM stands for “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” and is the most comprehensive American ‘guide book’ used for the classification and diagnosis of mental disorders … [Read Entire Story]

What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?

Like all forms of therapy, dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) is designed to help you understand yourself and your emotions and help you navigate life more effectively. But while most forms of psychotherapy use talking as a main method, dance movement therapy also brings in physical movement to help you feel a greater connection between your … [Read Entire Story]