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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Couple exhausted from moving house

    How to tackle big tasks

    Whether it is a major work project, moving house, changing career, preparing for a holiday or any number of other big projects, it can often be very difficult to get started. Why is this and what do we do about it?

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  5. A group of people making lots of demands on someone's time

    The psychology of people-pleasing

    Some people are overly concerned with the needs of others. Caring about others is a good thing, of course, but when we start making too many sacrifices in our quest to make other people like us, it can become problematic.

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  6. Unhappy young girl talking to a psychologist

    5 untrue beliefs practitioners have in their abilities

    If you are a practitioner, be it a psychotherapist, counsellor, coach or other helping professional, there are a common set of worries that we all share. In this article, we will normalise and discuss some of them.

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  7. A student with a headache


    It is sometimes said that perfect is the enemy of good. But many of us find ourselves bogged down in doing things to such a high standard that even to ourselves it can start to feel unreasonable. In this article, we'll discuss what perfectionism is and what we can do about it.

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  8. Surreal image of a man looking at reflections of himself in a mirror

    What is depersonalisation disorder?

    Depersonalisation disorder is a dissociative disorder where people feel disconnected from themselves: their thoughts, feelings and actions are observed from outside of themselves.

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  9. Confident woman on a blue background

    Building self-esteem in therapy

    Self-esteem is how we value ourselves. Typically, clients will come into therapy with low self-esteem: they may think of themselves as worthless or less than other people. Therapy can often boost people's self-esteem, whether that was the aim of coming to therapy or not.

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  10. Female psychologist consulting a client

    Pricing counselling and psychotherapy services

    If you are working as a practitioner, you may be wondering how to structure your pricing and what packages to offer. In this article, we will break down how we recommend pricing your services.

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  11. Therapist talking to a client

    How to learn cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

    If you are looking to become a cognitive behavioural therapist, there is no replacement for professional training. But there are lots of ways to develop your knowledge.

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  12. Scarred arms

    Understanding self-harm

    Self-harm is often overlooked in practitioner training despite it being common, especially among younger clients. In this article, we will provide an overview of what self-harm is and reasons why it may happen.

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  13. Group of women representing femininity, diversity, independence and equality

    Celebrating women's contribution to mental health research

    As part of International Women's Day, this week's blog post celebrates some of the most influential women in psychology.

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  14. Woman meditating outside beneath a clear sky

    Use of visualisation in meditation

    Visualisation and meditation may seem to be at odds. The act of visualising is holding a specific image in your mind, allowing yourself to believe that the object of your visualisation will come to fruition.

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  15. Dialectical behaviour therapy

    Borderline personality disorder

    A borderline personality disorder is a serious mental condition characterised by high degrees of impulsivity and instability of self-image, affects, and interpersonal relationships. As it is a personality disorder, such a pattern of instability is pervasive, begins by early adulthood, and is present in a variety of contexts. This article covers the symptoms of borderline personality, its possible causes, and treatment.

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