Depression – Practical Tips for Recovery

Depression is one of the most common and most treatable mental health conditions. Unfortunately, due to shame, fear, or simply lack of information, many people with depression suffer unnecessarily for months or even years. A combination of self-help and professional strategies can help the most distressing symptoms of depression. This can then form the basis[…]

Dealing with Workplace Bullying

Dealing with Workplace Bullying by Maeve Halpin, Registered Counselling Psychologist Bullying at work can have serious negative effects. It causes stress not only on those experiencing it directly, but to work colleagues, family members and on the organisation itself. Bullying can cause many stress-related symptoms. These include panic attacks, weight loss or gain, ulcers, high[…]

New Year Tips to Help Improve Your Relationship

For many couples, the post-Christmas lull can expose underlying tensions and difficulties in their relationship. With awareness, commitment and some practical skills, this can become an opportunity to improve communication and resolve interpersonal conflicts. Enhancing Communication The single most useful skill to bring to a relationship is that of active listening. This means listening with[…]

What is Counselling?

Life can be difficult. It all goes smoothly it goes for a while, but then something knocks us back, sometimes out of the blue. Or maybe there are underlying issues that affect our confidence and self-esteem. Counselling can be an invaluable help at times of stress, anxiety or uncertainty. Typical sources of stress The major[…]

Thanks to Rehab Tralee and the Brandon Hotel

  Dr Edmond O’Flaherty and I received a great reception in the Brandon Hotel in Tralee, Co Kerry this afternoon for our talk on natural approaches to mental health. Jane, Mary and all the crew from Rehab Blennerville, Tralee were there to meet us and over 100 people turned up for the talk. There was[…]

The Power of Compassion

The Power of Compassion

Excerpt from “The Power of Compassion” By Sandra Higgins, M.Sc. Couns Psych. Director of the Compassion Foundation The Need for Compassion Western science is becoming increasingly interested in subjects like compassion and mindful attention. Why? The answer is simple: compassion is good for us. Practicing compassion has a positive effect that is noticeable in biological[…]