Choosing a therapist

Therapy can be a life-changing experience but it’s not an easy process to engage in. Opening up to a stranger about your problems and vulnerabilities can feel daunting so it is vital that you feel safe, understood and confident in your therapist’s abilities. When looking for the right therapist, you could easily find yourself down … Read more

Ageing and wellbeing

None of us are getting any younger – in fact the UK population is ageing rapidly, with the Office of National Statistics predicting that by 2038 one in four people will be aged 65 years and over.  Whilst living longer is a cause for celebration, older people are unfortunately more at risk of mental health … Read more

OCD Thinking Traps

Brain in chains

In last month’s blog on ‘overthinking’, I explored how depression and anxiety are closely linked to the thinking traps of rumination and worry. October is OCD Awareness Month, so I thought it would be interesting to explore the thinking traps which are particular to this anxiety disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, known as OCD, is characterised … Read more


Busy Brain

We’ve all been there – you just can’t switch off, your head feels like a washing machine on the fast cycle, thoughts are spinning round and round like a carousel. You struggle to focus, you can’t sleep properly and you may start to feel quite low, stressed and anxious. Overthinking is quite natural. Our brains … Read more

Digging yourself out of depression

Plant in hand

Gardening and being out in nature, have long been recognised as good for our souls.  So much so that in the 1800’s patients in mental health institutions were being encouraged, as part of their therapy, to work on the grounds and farm.  Since then scientific research has shown that gardening reduces depression and anxiety, improves … Read more