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Hobbies and Mental Health – How To Benefit From Free Time

by Victoria Stokes In recent years, hobbies have somewhat fallen out of favour,  replaced by more passive endeavours like watching TV and scrolling social media. But are we missing out on the benefits of hobbies for mental health? In a nutshell, yes. If you tell yourself you have no time for hobbies, you are overlooking...

Do Therapists Have Therapists, Too?

Have you often wondered, do therapists have therapists themselves? Have they been in the other chair? Can they really understand what you are going through? Do therapists have to go to therapy? There is no law here in the UK stipulating that qualified and practicing counsellors, psychotherapists, and counselling psychologists have to attend therapy themselves....

Interpersonal Therapy vs DIT – Are They the Same?

Like the idea of a therapy that is ‘interpersonal’? That helps you improve your relationships and social skills? But confused to see the terms ‘interpersonal therapy’ and also ‘dynamic interpersonal therapy‘ (DIT)? Are they or aren’t they the same thing? What is interpersonal therapy? ‘Interpersonal therapy’, or ‘IPT’, believes that by looking at and improving...

Psychologists and Depression – Do Talk Therapists Suffer Low Moods, Too?

When it comes to psychotherapists, counselling psychologists and depression, we can believe they have some magical wand. Where does the truth lie? Lead writer Andrea Blundell explores.  Psychologists and depression Turns out that, much as we want therapists to be super humans who can save us from ourselves? They are (gasp!) just people like the...

Women and Girls With Autism – Are Symptoms Different?

Heard that women and girls with autism have different symptoms? Is it true? If so, what are they, and why are the signs of autism spectrum disorder different in females? The core autism symptoms Autism, and a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, now covers a very wide variety of behavioural profiles. And each person will...

Passivity in Relationships- Is Being “Laid Back” Ruining Everything?

by Andrea Blundell Opposites attract, right? In some ways, yes. A relationship can have one person who is more assertive than the other, and this can work. But too much passivity in relationships is another story. What is passivity in relationships? Passivity means you do not exert yourself in your relationships, meaning you leave things...