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Want to learn more about psychology? Our article library is a great place to start. We publish educational articles to help you deepen your understanding.

  1. Winter landscape at sunrise

    Surviving and Thriving Through Winter: A Guide To Seasonal Affective Disorder

    As the vibrant colours of autumn give way to the cool, grey hues of winter, many of us find ourselves reaching for cosy blankets and steaming cups of hot cocoa. While the change in seasons can bring a sense of nostalgia and joy for some, for others, it marks the onset of a more challenging time: the season of the winter blues.

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  2. Peaceful woman with hands on heart

    The Power of Gratitude: How Practicing Thankfulness Impacts Mental Health

    In the fast-paced, often stressful world we live in, it's easy to overlook the simple yet profound act of gratitude. World Gratitude Day, celebrated on September 21st each year, reminds us to pause and reflect on the power of thankfulness. While it may seem like a mere platitude, research in the field of psychology has uncovered a deeper truth: practising gratitude can significantly impact our mental health and overall well-being.

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  3. Counsellor working at relational depth

    Working at relational depth

    Relational depth in person-centred counselling refers to a profound level of engagement, connection, and understanding that occurs between the therapist and the client. It's a key element of the therapeutic relationship, and it's been studied extensively within the field of humanistic psychotherapy, especially in the context of person-centred therapy.

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  4. Addiction counselling session

    What is Motivational Interviewing?

    Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a method of helping people change. It provides a framework and set of techniques to support someone in deciding whether to change and implement any changes they wish to make.

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  5. Group therapy benefits and challenges

    Group therapy: benefits and challenges of working with multiple clients

    Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy that involves working with multiple clients simultaneously in a structured and supportive environment. Group therapy offers numerous benefits to clients, including the opportunity to connect with others who share similar experiences and receive support in a safe and supportive environment.

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  6. Man alone on a beach

    Navigating the challenges of male identity crisis

    Male identity crisis is a phenomenon that affects many men at some point in their lives. It is a period of uncertainty, confusion, and questioning of one's self-identity and role in society. The aim of this article is to explore male identity crisis, its causes, symptoms, and potential solutions.

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  7. Happy teenage girl in therapy

    Why log your client hours?

    Trainee practitioners will often keep a log of their client contact hours. But keeping these records can be useful for qualified practitioners as well. In this article, we will explore why.

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  8. Newlywed couple showered in confetti

    Navigating life transitions

    Navigating life transitions can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. Whether it's a career change, retirement, loss of a loved one, or any other significant life event, these changes can disrupt our sense of stability and leave us feeling lost and uncertain about the future.

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  9. Psychologist writing on a clipboard

    How to handle clients missing appointments

    When a client does not turn up for an appointment, it can be a worry for the therapist, a sign of therapeutic rupture or a simple misunderstanding. In this article, we'll explore some of the things to think about when a client does not attend.

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  10. Android holding a green brain

    Can ChatGPT do psychotherapy?

    ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (AI) computer programme that allows you to interact conversationally and generate responses. Could such a programme be used to do therapy? In this article, we will explore that idea.

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  11. Tired man reaching for coffee

    The two components of habit

    Many of us would like to stop bad habits and start some new healthy ones. But what exactly is a habit? And how do we go about changing them? In this article, we will break down habits into two components: habitual deciding and habitual doing.

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  12. Pensive student taking an exam

    Managing exam anxiety

    Since we added our learning pathways, many students have spoken about their worries regarding taking one of the practitioner exams. In this article, I will discuss some helpful strategies for managing these fears.

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  13. Nervous woman talking to her boss

    Cognitive strategies for assertiveness

    Many people want to be more assertive. In this article, we will look at a common example people find difficult: asking our boss for some time off.

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  14. Transactional analysis session

    Introduction to Transactional Analysis

    Transactional Analysis (TA) is a widely recognised form of modern psychology, consisting of a set of practical conceptual tools intended to promote personal growth and change. In counselling, Transactional Analysis therapy is very versatile, as it can be used in a wide range of areas and incorporates key themes from humanism, integration, the psychodynamic approach, and even psychoanalytic therapies.

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  15. Bored school buy in class

    Are school-based mindfulness lessons a waste of time?

    Recently, the media reported on a study published in Evidence-Based Mental Health that suggested mindfulness lessons in school were not effective.

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