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Back to work – Managing anxiety

Getting people back to work is a high priority for economic wellbeing at the moment, but what about the psychological wellbeing of staff?  Many people are expressing real concerns, not only about how they can work effectively and safely online, but about returning comfortably and without undue anxiety to the work environment.  Their concerns are … Continued

Reflective Thinking – what is it, and why do we need it?

If you are concerned about the wellbeing of your staff and organization, Reflective Thinking is one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways of maintaining staff wellbeing and avoiding ‘churn’.  This is particularly true of organisations having to deal with difficult clients or students, where problems become ‘snagged’ in staff and end up being taken … Continued

Preparing for Re-entry post-Covid

Recovering confidence for going back to work, winning the battle inside and conversations about Covid Very soon, we shall be returning to some semblance of normality after Covid-19, and the ease of that transition will be different for us all.  How can we make that transition smoother? In psychological terms, during lock-down most of us … Continued

Safeguarding of Children and Homeschooling

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has heralded a period of nation-wide home schooling unprecedented in living memory and prompts the question, how can teachers ensure safe working practices during this period of uncertainty? In light of the current crisis, education delivery has made online educational resources a de facto reality for children, young people, their parents/carers and … Continued

Homeschooling Safety Checklist for Parents

In this imminent period of homeschooling, how can we as parents help our children? The UK government’s statutory guidelines on “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (September 2019) identify three broad areas of risk for online child safety: Content, Contact and Conduct. Schools and the national curriculum are already covering these areas both in their teaching … Continued

Getting a Handle on Anxiety

Sometimes, this is how our families and relationships feel – finely balanced, fragile, vulnerable to the waves of fortune.  Anxiety can creep in, and it feels as though things might just tip. How can we remain steady? The Slip and Fall Consider this scenario: a mature, highly experienced person arrives to give a talk to … Continued

Co-Parenting and the Holidays: The Challenges

Written by: Amnon Shaked It is a well-established fact that holidays, especially ones where young children are involved, are anxiety-provoking. Stress levels are known to be high during planning and preparation, culminating during the actual travel days.  The challenges are amplified for divorced and co-parents, who often take turns having the kids over the holiday … Continued

Body Dysmorphic Disorder – A Psychotherapeutic Perspective

The way one is perceived by others and the need for their acceptance is key in the adolescent journey.  While many young people have a part of their anatomy that they don’t particularly like, or that they may want to change, the perceived imperfections don’t usually interfere with everyday life. But for those suffering with … Continued

Work-Life Balance – Taking Work Home (Homework)

Written by:  David Thomson You’ve had a hard week at the chalkface, a challenging albeit rewarding week; the commuting takes its toll; there are early starts and long days. And there is the pressure to perform. Still, some great things happened. Progress was made. You were pleased with what you did, trying to do your … Continued