Separation anxiety

Cesar SugitaBlog posts, Other

As the new school year takes over many Irish houses, the topic of separation anxiety becomes common around many dinner tables. For some children (and their parents and loved ones!) the difficulty of settling into a new or revisited daily routine which involves a significant amount of time away from the family becomes a point of strain, stress and tension. … Read More

Steps we can take to improve mental health

Cesar SugitaBlog posts, Other

Mental health, or the spectrum of feelings that we all experience every day, is a broad and wide reaching area of life that impacts each of us in a variety of ways. Acknowledging pressures to our mental health allows us to feel more control over this area of our lives and therefore have an influence over our feelings and, as a … Read More

Parenting adults

Cesar SugitaBlog posts, Other

Around the time of year of the leaving cert results, many parents put themselves in the shoes of those whose children have reached this milestone moment. The departure from formal education, even for those whose children move into third level education, can represent a point in life where parents begin to recognise that they no longer have ‘children’ but instead, … Read More

Jealousy and Mistrust in Relationships

Janine DonnellyOther

Jealousy and mistrust inform us about significant pieces within a relationship.  If one partner is jealous or mistrustful of another, it is either based within the person’s personal emotional style (feelings of lack of worth contribute to an overall feeling of mistrust in any relationship) or because the relationship has gone through a trauma.  If one partner has consistent and … Read More

Disconnect to Reconnect – Are you addicted to Social Media?

Janine DonnellyOther

Spending too much time on our phones is something that many of us feel we do all the time.  It has become the byword (or by-phrase) for modern living. Living without a smart phone is a prospect that we find equal parts frightening and liberating.  The idea of not seeing what people choose to put on social media (and, by … Read More

LGBTI and The Workplace

Janine DonnellyOther

LGBTI

There is a wide spectrum of positive to negative potential reactions to being the LGBTI colleague in a workplace. Depending on industry, location and size of organisation, an individual’s experience can fluctuate massively between entirely positive and accepted, to being a difficult manner in which to spend a working day. The most important piece within this is that as a … Read More

Christmas: A ‘To Do’ or ‘To Be’ Experience?

JanineOther

As Christmas approaches some people go all out spending lots of time and money to ensure everything goes smoothly.   For each person, preparing will be different, and may include organising visits, travel arrangements, food preparation, buying clothes, a spiritual dimension, parties and, of course, the gift giving to do.   Motivation may come from a sense of duty, a … Read More

MyMind video series: Claire Forde

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Claire Forde

Continuing on from the MyMind video series, Limerick-based therapist Claire Forde talks about the person-centred approach and how counselling can help someone dealing with bereavement and loss. “People seek counselling because they want to change certain aspects of their lives that are just not working for them anymore,” says Claire. If Claire can help you with any issues you’re experiencing, … Read More

MyMind video series: Stephen Watkins

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Stephen Watkins

In the fourth instalment of the MyMind video series, our Cork-based psychologist Stephen Watkins talks about the workings and benefits of CBT and the factors that could deter someone from getting the support they need. “The biggest barrier that I’ve repeatedly come across is that people who come to therapy think for some reason that they’re wrong or unusual or … Read More