Theory & training Articles

What is a ‘Schema’ in Psychology?

In psychology, ‘schemas’ are the patterns of thinking that your mind creates to organise and understand the information it takes in. How does this new information slot in with what you already know? What can you therefore expect from this experience/ person/ situation? You could see a schema as a sort of ‘mind shortcut‘. It’s...

The Positive Psychology Movement – Why It Isn’t What it Sounds

Heard about ‘positive psychology‘, but brushed it off because you are a realist? Or it sounded a bit too ‘shiny happy people’ to take seriously? The name of positive psychology is misleading. Read on to learn the misunderstandings about the positive psychology movement that might be stopping you from accessing it’s useful tools. 7 Myths About...

Quality Standards in the UK – Do You Need a Registered Therapist?

Notice certain official  logos repetitively appearing on websites when seeking a therapist? Or read that a counsellor or psychotherapist is ‘registered’? What is this about, and how does it affect you? What is a ‘registered therapist’? A registered therapist is a counsellor, counselling psychologist, or psychotherapist who has attained the sufficient advanced level of education,...

What is ‘Evidence-Based’ Therapy, Practise and Treatment?

You might have seen the term ‘evidence-based’ on different psychology and psychotherapy sites. It sounds impressive — but what does it really mean? A Definition of ‘Evidence-Based’ The term ‘evidence based’ means that the best available facts and information have been taken into account. It’s a term mostly used in connection to health services, although...