Category: Personal Development

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 …

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. …

Attending to the body in psychotherapy

  So often we live in our heads: thinking, planning, working things out, remembering, worrying, fearing. There can be a cacophony of voices up there vying for our attention and creating a chaotic backdrop to our day-to-day life. Sometimes this turns into full-on battles: we tell ourselves one thing, then the opposite thought bites back. …

The Therapeutic Relationship: How Can It Help?

Relational Beings Whatever the circumstance, we are conceived through the joining of two people and of two cells. Forming a relationship with our caregiver when we’re a baby, and then extending this first relationship to include other significant people in our lives, we can safely say that we are “formed in the crucible of relationship.”[1] …

Strategies for dealing with Anger

Introduction: It is next to impossible to live our daily lives without feeling some anger. It could be the frustration of realising you’ve left the umbrella at home and it’s about to pour or the annoyance of arriving home to realise your housemate or partner has left the bin open all day again and the …