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Alison Brake Counselling & Psychotherapy
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A light hearted and hugely informative article on simple ways to improve our wellbeing as evidenced by neuroscience.

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Interesting research on the effectiveness of using psychological therapy to treat IBS, adding to our rapidly expanding knowledge of the connection between the mind and the gut.

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Interesting observation on the purpose and value of a therapist. We aren't always best equipped to define what our problems are, though with someone else asking the questions we tend to shy away from we can become so.

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Alarming, in particular the comment "The findings may suggest that parents underestimate the extent of, or fail to pick up on the signs of, depression among girls up to the age of 14 but overestimate how common the condition is among boys that age." Do we discount girls as natural worriers and therefore miss what may be a mental illness?

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LATEST BLOG - Goodbyes in Life and Psychotherapy. As we say goodbye to another week, some reflection on what a goodbye symbolises and what we might benefit from acknowledging them more fully.

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3 ways to regulate emotions: Reappraisal, suppression and acceptance. Spot the odd one out! Suppression may help us to navigate social situations but where learned as a long term coping strategy is rarely helpful, having physical as well as psychological consequences. Reappraisal is a cognitive strategy involving changing our perspective on situations whereas acceptance requires a shift in our attitude or stance to emotions and forms part of the mindfulness approach.

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A more in depth look at anger, connecting it to our sense of values and understanding its purpose in motivating us to fight violations and unfairness. As wth so many perceived unhelpful emotions and behaviours, it usually has a purpose. Understanding this is an important step towards changing our response to it rather than acting upon it.

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Social media often gets a bad rap for fuelling depression by encouraging unhealthy comparisons against a filtered or sanitised view of other people's lives. But it can be a huge source of support, encouragement and information for those suffering with mental health issues. And above all it demonstrates that those suffering are not alone.

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On World Suicide Day. Suicide is a stigmatised so people are often too afraid to ask the question directly. But it can open up the way for those suffering to speak the unspeakable.
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