How to be productive on a bad mental health day

Cesar SugitaBlog posts, Other

Bad days happen. Things go wrong, other people’s moods affect us differently or, as we look at here, sometimes we feel off. Knowing what triggers bad mental health days is a piece of awareness that helps massively in terms of ownership of our mental health. What makes us feel bad or makes us want things to be different is a … Read More

How to NOT live up to other’s expectations

Cesar SugitaBlog posts, Other

There are times in life when we feel content. We know what we have is what we need and our relationships fulfil our emotional needs.  There are other times, however. These are times when what we have – our house, other possessions, job, lifestyle etc feel like they are not enough. There are a number of obvious reasons for this. … Read More

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

Dealing with a family illness

Cesar SugitaBlog posts

Having a loved one get a diagnosis that brings their life or health into question is a debilitating piece for any family. How we cope with adversity within our family unit depends very much on the systems and structures that we have put into place when we are not in difficulty. Unfortunately, this is a piece that most families neglect … Read More

Impact of Social Isolation

Cesar SugitaBlog posts

Autumn Oak

Social isolation affects our internal sense of self in a number of ways.  First of all, it has bearing on our self esteem. When we are isolated, it is common to feel that our alone-ness affects only us.  The rest of the world can appear to be a unified force, against which we are small, solitary and alone. Next, it … Read More

Eating Disorders

Janine DonnellyBlog posts

Eating Disorders – Peer pressure or influence from social media? From a therapeutic point of view, any action that seeks to illicit control within our lives comes about as a consequence of other parts of our lives feeling out of control.   When we are insecurely attached in early life, seeking control could be a lifelong process. Most vitally, if … 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