Working With Anxiety: Acceptance (Part 2)

Breaking The Cycle of Anxiety with Curiosity In the previous post I talked a little about the ‘close friend’ exercise, as a way of responding to our own anxiety in a more useful and compassionate way. One of the great things about this exercise is that we can take a step back from our anxiety, [...]

Questioning Our Beliefs About Anger – Part 1

Questioning Our Beliefs About Anger Anger is a very common emotion with a broad range - from mild irritation to explosive wrath. People convince themselves of all sorts of things when it comes to their anger – most of which, if not all, are demonstrably unuseful and damaging. So over the next few blogs I [...]

Why do I feel anxious and what can I do about it right now? Part 3

Why do I feel anxious and what can I do about it right now? Part 3 Everyone feels anxious sometimes – some people feel anxious far more regularly than others. If you can recall a time when you were anxious, you probably recognise the immediacy of the experience; how it swarms around you, affecting you physically, cognitively [...]

Why do I feel anxious and what can I do about it right now? Part 1

Why do I feel anxious and what can I do about it right now? Part 1 Everyone feels anxious sometimes – some people feel anxious far more regularly than others. If you can recall a time when you were anxious, you probably recognise the immediacy of the experience; how it swarms around you, affecting you [...]

“Why Practice Mindfulness?” and other questions. Part 2: Is it just about being in the present moment?

I began practicing mindfulness several years ago, as part of my training as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist. At the start of each training session, we would all close our eyes and follow a guided meditation. I’ll be honest - in the beginning, I didn’t completely understand the point of it. But eventually, as time [...]

‘Why Practice Mindfulness?’ and Other Questions. Part 1: Why practice mindfulness?

I began practicing mindfulness several years ago, as part of my training as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist. At the start of each training session, we would all close our eyes and follow a guided meditation. I’ll be honest - in the beginning, I didn’t completely understand the point of it. But eventually, as time [...]

What is humanistic and integrative psychotherapy (HIP)? Part 3: Integration

What is humanistic and integrative psychotherapy (HIP)? Part 3: Integration. When a person has never come across this particular branch of psychotherapy, it can be difficult to understand what humanistic and integrative psychotherapy is. Maybe this is because that, when you search “humanistic and integrative psychotherapy” on the web, you find a lot of different [...]