Better, worse or just different? Group therapy isn’t always available in the UK, but it was recommended as something that might help me, so I went along. Continue reading Group therapy.
Occasionally I get a feeling when I know I’m spending too much time “in my own head”. CBT and counselling taught me to be more aware, more counscious, of how I feel and what I’m thinking. Overall that’s a good thing, it’s helped me be more in control and spend more time ‘being’ rather than simply ‘doing’. Sometimes though, help it most certainly does not. Let me explain… Continue reading “I want to be distracted.”
In recent years, much has been written and talked about mindfulness. But what does it actually mean? And what are the benefits of practising mindfulness? The classical dictionary definition of mindfulness is “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.” And really, that’s what it’s all about. It’s very easy to rush through life without taking the time to actually notice and … Continue reading Mind Full v Mindful: some thoughts on mindfulness
I’ve had counselling in the past; CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) to be precise. It really, really helped me in so many ways. Even after 12 sessions though there are still more things I need to work on. Evidence shows that CBT works better in ‘courses,’ however, so I’m now waiting to start a new course after a few months break. Counselling, like any other talking … Continue reading How not to be a counsellor.
It’s been quite a while since I posted on here about my mental health and such like, so here we go: I had my final session with my totally wonderful psychotherapist, Tom, a few weeks ago. It was the final session because it was the 12th, which is all that was funded, but actually I think I was probably just about ready to move-on at … Continue reading Life, mental health and stuff: an update on me.
311 days ago I was formally, and finally, diagnosed with severe, major depression. Some of you will know what happened to finally tip me over the edge, some of you won’t. But as I now feel ready, I wanted to explain – as much as I can – what has been going in with me for the last year, and before. A lot of what … Continue reading 311 days…
It wasn’t my idea, so I’m not going to pretend I can take credit for it (that goes to Charlie – see the video below) but I’ve decided that from now until July 10th I’m going to spend at least 30 minutes a day writing. Why? Well as I explained when I started this blog; for me, writing is a very therapeutic process. It helps … Continue reading Don’t break the chain.
One of the biggest things that I’ve uncovered about myself through working with my counsellor has been a deep-seated and thoroughly debilitating social anxiety. There are understandable reasons for this – I was going to say ‘good’ reasons, but that’s not what I mean. When I was at school, from the age of about seven onwards, I was bullied. I realise, of course, that everyone … Continue reading The value of getting out and about.
Yesterday was my seventh therapy session, and one of the things that’s stuck in my head was a question that I was asked: “What do you think happens if we always stay in our comfort zone?” Certainly, not pushing myself outside my comfort zone is something that I am very guilty of – which is where the question came from. My first thought was that … Continue reading Comfort Zone
So I find myself unusually (honest!) sat in a McDonalds n Manchester having my breakfast. Something that I haven’t done for ages. Why? You may well ask. This last week I’ve been at home by myself, the rest of the family having been away at relatives, and it’s been far from an ordinary week. At the start of the week I was feeling pretty rotten, … Continue reading Week ending 18th April 2015 – a wholly profitable enterprise!