Category: Anxiety

Coping with Coronavirus

The current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) is naturally causing increased levels of anxiety and stress among us all. Here are some suggestions for ways to help manage that increased anxiety. Stay connected. Connect with family and friends online or over the phone.  Share your experience and your feelings with them and ask for help and …

Minding your Mental Health in Challenging Times

Uncertainty is a part of human existence, one which we all must grapple with daily. At times of heightened uncertainty, such as the current Covid-19 virus situation, our mental health can suffer. However, we can all put some simple strategies into action which can help us mind our mental health. These may not be groundbreaking …

Trauma…only warzones and PDST or mostly everybody?

There seems to be a trend of trying to bring the feared “trauma” word into our kitchen tables. Are we exaggerating? Or have we all experienced some trauma in our life and call it otherwise? Let’s see. In the therapeutic field one way of defining trauma is “the impact of an event that at the …

How to survive Christmas with a difficult family.

(Journalist – Patrick Kelleher, Contributor – Deirdre Madden) Advice and ideas on how to make it through the festivities when it’s not a season of goodwill It is dubbed the most wonderful time of the year – but not for everybody. Christmas can be a time of joy and happiness for many, but what about …

The Gut-Brain Connection: The relationship to emotions and managing stress

Introduction The gut and the brain: two separate entities yet intimately connected. The gut is also referred to as the “second brain”. It is an organ system which comprises of the mouth, esophagus, stomach and intestines. It plays a major role, not only in our digestive health, but in the wellness of the entire body. …

How to Overcome Rapid Ejaculation (PE)

Rapid Ejaculation (PE) Rapid ejaculation (PE) is one of the most common sexual problems affecting an estimated 30% of men across all age groups and as with all of the ejaculatory disorders, leaves men with feelings of embarrassment and inadequacy. If you are worried that you have this complaint, consider first that the average lovemaking …

Counselling the Dyslexic, A Personal Experience

  This article is an overview of the research I’ve done into Dyslexia, how it impacts the individual in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. My own personal experience of dyslexia and what counsellors and psychotherapists should be aware of when dyslexia enters the therapy room. I was diagnosed with dyslexia in the early 1980’s. I was …

The challenges of returning home to Ireland

For many Irish people living abroad Christmas is a great milestone. Tickets are booked well in advance to avoid soaring prices. The build-up involves excitement, the prospects of meeting family, of where we will go, who we will see. Once we have reached our destination, we are rarely disappointed, friends, family, festivities, warmth and merrymaking …