Mind Matters – Mental health: nature or nurture?

This is a question which is probably as old as humanity itself but first credited to psychologist Sir Francis Galton in 1869. Ever since, many studies have been conducted, trying to discover the reasons behind the most common mental health problems. The appliance of scientific study to human behaviours generally serves only to raise more possibilities and lines of enquiry. And whilst much greater

Mind Matters – Knowing when to give up

Image above: American athlete Simone Biles Coverage of the mental health of Olympians raises the question ‘should you push on through or step back?’ One of the differences about the Tokyo Olympics seems to be the increased focus on mental health. Sports psychology is nothing new but it seems that the decisions of athletes and their behaviours is causing a lot of debate, some

Mind Matters – Being able to talk about trauma

The word trauma is one that is being increasingly used, understood but also misunderstood. Often there is something really powerful when someone realises that the feelings they are struggling with are those of feeling traumatised. Once identified

Mind Matters – Talking about vaccine hesitancy?

Local news reports show that Hounslow has been recording higher than average COVID infections whilst vaccine rates have been lagging, so “vaccine hesitancy” is something coming up in many conversations. It is only natural that many of these may feel uncomfortable - so I am being asked about how to approach these situations. And of course it is really important that people do feel able t

Mind Matters – Recognise your vulnerability to stress

Feeling the pressure to get back to "normal"? Recognising our vulnerability to stress is essential. One way of getting a sense of how you are doing might be to pay attention to your feelings and thoughts as you read this post. Under pressure we tend to have less patience, want quick answers, feel irritated and critical as opposed to calm, patient, curious and accepting. So just your reactions t

Mind Matters – How do you deal with disappointment?

As we get used to the fact that we are not yet free of COVID-19’s restrictions it may be worth taking a moment to think about the feeling of disappointment. Disappointment is a feeling that becomes more and more familiar to us as we get older, we learn that disappointment is a natural part of living but that familiarity can also mean we fail to pay attention to its impacts on us. In Buddhi

Mind Matters – Can we change our lives in just a second?

It seems that as we emerge from the various lockdown restrictions many people are finding themselves struggling to adjust, w

Mind Matters – How are things in the world of you?

It’s spring, more restrictions are lifting and there is a sense of things improving or moving in the right direction - yes

Mind Matters – Don’t let it stress you out…

Too stressed to notice that April was Stress Awareness Month?

April was Stress Awareness Month and yet with so man

Mind Matters – would you know if you were having a panic attack?

Do you know how to recognise anxiety, would you know if you were having a panic attack? Last week I wrote about re-entry fear and anxiety and because a few people have commented on the article and shared their e

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 a

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

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

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

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 guid

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 thought

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 healt

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

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

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 c

Mind Matters – How are you doing with the new face covering rules?

Psychotherapist Nicholas Rose asks: Is a mask ever just a mask? How are you doing with the new face covering rules? Making it mandatory to wear face coverings in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and transport hu

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 tea