Volunteering – 5 Reasons Why It Really Does Help Depression

“Give to others”. Sound like Sunday School advice? Think again. Give to others is now one of the five recommended ‘Steps to Mental Wellbeing‘ promoted by the UK’s National Health Service. “Acts such as volunteering at your local community centre can improve your mental wellbeing,” claims the NHS website. Can it be true? Is volunteering really

What is Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy?

Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) is a short-term, highly structured form of psychotherapy that is used to treat depression and anxiety. A usual course of DIT consists of sixteen weekly sessions. DIT’s focus is on relationships, and helping clients understand the link between their low moods and the ways they are interacting with others. The idea

Guided Visualisation in Therapy – The Benefits Might Surprise You

Guided visualisation in therapy Guided visualisation, also known as ‘guided image therapy’, is a psychotherapeutic tool now used for a large variety of emotional and physical conditions. It it particularly popular with cognitive behavioural therapists. What is guided visualisation? Guided visualisation is a process whereby your therapist leads you through imagining in your mind’s eye

Is My Child Depressed?

We tend to associate being a child with being carefree, and not with depression. But depression and mental health challenges are far from just for adults. In the UK, the Office of National Statistics suggests that 1 in 10 children suffer a mental health condition, with at least 4% of this number suffering anxiety and

What is Machiavellianism in Psychology?

What is Machiavellianism? Machiavellianism in psychology refers to a personality trait which sees a person so focused on their own interests they will manipulate, deceive, and exploit others to achieve their goals. Machiavellianism is one of the traits in what is called the ‘Dark Triad’, the other two being narcissism and psychopathy. The term itself derives from a