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Mind Matters – Fear of re-entry

Return to new normal can bring “re-entry fear” and anxiety People have been talking to us about the feelings related to the easing of lockdown restrictions, some feel hopeful and excited whilst others stressed and nervous. A number of articles have been written recently talking about “Re-entry Fear / Anxiety”. Whilst this term sounds like […]

Mind Matters – time for a psychological spring clean

Spring cleaning for psychological wellbeing and your relationships Having marked the first day of spring, with positive news on the vaccine rollout and with COVID restrictions set to ease further on the 29th March, now is an ideal time for a spring clean both in the traditional way but also for psychological wellbeing and our […]

Mind Matters – Looking out for young people

Recently there have been many news articles quoting research that paints a grim picture of the impact of the pandemic on our young people. Teenage years are supposed to be ones of awakening potential, of moving towards greater freedom, enjoying independence and testing boundaries. Of course the pandemic, the many restrictions and breaks in routines […]

Mind Matters – Bullying and what to do about it

Be clear about what is and what is not bullying Research shows that one in every two people are affected by bullying. It is something that people still find very hard to discuss. Research, information, education in schools, employer advice, safety online, children, adults and the elderly are all areas and people where there is […]

Mind Matters – The rush to judge

Beings, being in lockdown As we come to the end of the first week in lockdown my work as a psychotherapist reminds me that no two people’s experience is ever the same. We might have one pandemic, one set of guidelines, one US election but how everyone feels about them is unique and people are […]

Mind Matters – Back where we started?

Do you sometimes feel as though nothing has changed since the first wave of COVID-19? People are talking with me about how they are feeling the same as they did during the first wave and they keep having thoughts that we are back where we were six months ago. The result of this being they […]

Mind Matters – A pandemic of anxiety

Why don’t we hear talk about stress? I’ve noticed that as news intensifies around COVID-19 infections, Brexit, Climate Change and the US election all the media channels are intensifying focus on mental health. I wonder whether this might be because those working in the media might be struggling themselves or whether this is entirely directed […]

Mind Matters – The importance of boundaries

How can the psychological concept of “boundaries” help us through the COVID-19 pandemic? I think there is much confusion about the concept of boundaries – it is a shame that they have become associated only with difficult and abusive behaviours, used as a judgement or a criticism and so not always thought about as a […]

Mind Matters – Why the boa constrictor?

Did you read about the abandoned 5ft snake in Chiswick? One of the most popular stories of the last couple of weeks has been about the large boa constrictor that was spotted and captured by the RSPCA in Chiswick. (chiswickcalendar.co.uk/abandoned-5ft-snake). As a psychotherapist it naturally interests me as to what captures peoples attention and the […]

Mind Matters – Back to school with a difference?

There has been much in the media about the impact on the mental health of children and young people as a result of the pandemic, lock down and schools being closed. This week the news has focused on GCSE, A level and college results. There continues to be much criticism of the government’s handling of […]

Mind Matters – Coming out of lockdown

The last four months have been a huge challenge for everyone and we wanted to find more ways to offer support and give information on psychological wellbeing to our community. We are delighted to have been able to team up with The Chiswick Calendar who we think do such a great job of resonating with […]