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Magic wands and hard work

In the final blog of the mini-series on myths in Clinical Psychology I will talk about a rather unconscious myth which is so often what I see in practice. When someone is referred to me, both at Headspace Guildford or in my NHS post, there is often the belief that I have some sort of […]

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Myth busting: Psychologists know what you’re thinking

In our mini-series about the myths of Psychology, the next one is that Psychologists know what you are thinking or are analysing you in every conversation they have. This pie chart sums it up nicely. Actually, this myth gives us plenty of interesting things to talk about – each of which could be a blog […]

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Myth busting #1 – My feelings are wrong

There are lots of myths about clinical psychology. I’m going to use the next couple of blogs to address these. One of the key myths I come across is that people think that what they are suffering is different or unusual and they are strange or defective in some way for feeling or behaving in […]

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Kindness as a way of living

I’ve blogged before about the kindness of strangers (http://headspaceguildford.co.uk/the-power-of-kindness/ and http://headspaceguildford.co.uk/little-kindness-world/) and what a difference a simple, random act of kindness can make to someone. But today I wanted to talk about kindness in the non-random way – as a way of living. There’s a great book I always read with children called ‘Have you […]

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New year reflections

I’ve been thinking a lot about what to write in this blog. Traditionally January is linked with fresh starts and new beginnings and with the Christmas break and the start of they year giving us time for reflection, often its seen as a chance to look forward, set goals and head towards a bright new […]

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Values, mental health and climate change

When you write a blog which goes on your webpages, you’re representing yourself and demonstrating your views for anyone to read. It’s difficult because you never know who (if anyone) is reading what you write and who might have something to say about what you write. I always try and be careful because I want […]

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Practice Compassion

As I wrote last week (link) there is a lot of hype around Christmas. It’s tempting to get swept up in ‘silly season’ and rush between events and the shops and spend hours and hours doing things to prepare for the ‘perfect Christmas’. I put it to you that there’s no such thing as perfect. […]

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Looking after ourselves

Why is it always the way that when we need to look after ourselves the most, that’s the time when we’re least able to do it. When we are really busy and under pressure a bit of self-care would go a long way. But because we’re stressed and rushed we aren’t able to think or […]

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Is it the season to feel jolly?

Apparently ‘tis the season to be jolly. I’m not sure if I believe it myself. I think ‘tis the season to think you’re supposed to feel jolly, and perhaps even act like you are jolly, but that’s not quite the same thing at all. The thing about this time of year is there seems to […]

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Changing your world #2

Last week I used this quote “The world is changed by your example, not your opinion” (link here)  and talked about how you could change your world. Today I want to talk about this quote again, and again think about how you change your world, as well as changing the wider world for the better. […]

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