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Memory and Mental Health

Memory and Mental Health

Context is everything! The procedure is actually quite simple. First you arrange things into different groups. Of course, one pile may be sufficient depending on how much there is to do. If you have to go somewhere else due to lack of facilities that is the next step,...

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Happy New Year 2024- PMB’s

Happy New Year 2024- PMB’s

It’s a new year and many need to re-apply for their mental health PMB’s for the year or some need to go for a mental health screening that might need a PMB application, what does PMB mean? PMB’s stand for Prescribed Minimum Benefits. They are a set of healthcare...

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Mental Health and The Festive Season

Mental Health and The Festive Season

It’s the season to be jolly……… for some it is, for some it is not. My reason for writing this blog is to create awareness and sensitivity for those who are struggling despite the fact or the belief that it is the season to be jolly. "This time of year can be...

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Emotional Regulation

Emotional Regulation

What is emotion regulation? Emotion regulation is defined as the ability to affect one's own emotional state. It can involve either increasing positive emotion, decreasing negative emotion, or both. Generally, it involves changing your thoughts or behaviors, sometimes...

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Toxic Love vs Healthy Love

Toxic Love vs Healthy Love

What type of love do you have in your relationship? Healthy Love: Development of self first, as a priority. Toxic love: Obsession with relationship. Healthy Love: There is room to grow and expand as well as a for others to grow in the relationship. Toxic love:...

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Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene

The counselling process needs to be holistic, one of the things that need great attention is sleep hygiene, if we don’t sleep well then our brains do not get the clean out they need to function healthily. Do you ever find yourself staring at the ceiling, wondering if...

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Mental Health Awareness Month October

Mental Health Awareness Month October

Let’s celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, October, and Destigmatize Mental Health. 10 October 2023-Mental Health Awareness Day Commemoration of World Mental Health Day on 10 October is aimed at creating public awareness to make issues related to mental health a...

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Trauma Day 17 October 2023

Trauma Day 17 October 2023

As it is trauma day on the 17th of October I decided to do a psycho-educational blog on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As Gabor Maté once said trauma is not what happens to you it is what happens inside you when something happens which is traumatic. If you are...

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Can the environment impact your mental health?

Can the environment impact your mental health?

Many studies show that in fact the environment can influence your mental health. An example of the environment affecting your mental health could be seasons changing. Certain weather, such as rain, has been known to make people depressed, whereas sunshine makes people...

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Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources

Working as a mental health and psychological practitioner I believe an integral part of my practice is being able to refer appropriately and to provide information on resources to people who are unable to pay for counselling. Below are some resources that I have come...

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The difference between Counselling and Therapy

The difference between Counselling and Therapy

Mental health support is mandatory for any person who wants to live a healthy and fulfilling life but understanding the differences between counseling and therapy can be confusing.  I aim to explain the main key differences between counselling and therapy and to...

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Relapse Prevention Plan

Relapse Prevention Plan

If you keep doing what you always did you will keep getting what you always got. If you walk the same path every day across a field of grass there will be a path that develops, for the grass to grow again there you will have to stop walking that same path.  The same...

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Ethical Principles

Ethical Principles

As a psychological practitioner I believe it is important for me to inform the greater society of the ethical principles I am bound to, creating a form of accountability and protecting those who seek counselling by informing them about the ethical principles that...

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Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating

Most of my blogs in the last few months involved that I cited examples of my children and parenthood, I will once again cite an interesting discovery that I made, my daughter had to get her measles vaccination at school, and after they gave vaccines, the teacher...

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Does your mental health affect your way of parenting

Does your mental health affect your way of parenting

In my experience as a mother, a client in therapy and as a psychological practitioner I have realised that I have parented from my frame of reference. I have also parented according to my temperament. Before I started studying psychology I had gone for therapy myself,...

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Children’s Mental Health Matter Too

Children’s Mental Health Matter Too

After doing the blog on my postpartum experience, I decided I wanted to do a blog on children’s mental health as it was also quite pertinent in my life at this moment. My daughter who is nearly 5 has after 5 years of being the only child become a big sister. This was...

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Postpartum Trimester 4 and Postnatal Depression

Postpartum Trimester 4 and Postnatal Depression

The fourth trimester is the 12-week period immediately after you have had your baby. Not everyone has heard of it, but every mother and their newborn baby will go through it. It is a time of great physical and emotional change as your baby adjusts to being outside the...

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Boundaries

Boundaries

A boundary is the recognition of where you end and others begin. For the most part the whole point of having boundaries is so that we can contain ourselves within the parameters of where I stop and others begin. Like the fence between you and your neighbour....

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Journaling

Journaling

The term recovery in this blog can refer to recovering from a mental illness, addiction, trauma etc. Journaling in recovery can be a helpful tool to guide your healing process. You may use a journal to record your struggles through the recovery process or to identify...

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Communication

Communication

Communication skills are one of the most overlooked skills in modern day society. There is always a SENDER and a RECEIVER, the second we forget to take this into account, we are basically throwing ideas out there in the hopes that they will land. The four pillars of...

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Anger

Anger

In the most general sense, anger is a feeling or emotion that ranges from mild irritation to intense fury and rage. Anger is a natural response to those situations where we feel threatened, we believe harm will come to us, or we believe that another person has...

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Defence Mechanism

Defence Mechanism

We all have thoughts and feelings that we’d like to deny ever having. These desires and impulses are so offensive to the conscious part of the mind that it launches various psychological defence mechanisms to keep them out. We use these psychological defence...

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Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution

What is conflict? Conflict is a normal part of any healthy relationship. After all, two people can’t be expected to agree on everything, all the time. The key is not to fear or try to avoid conflict but to learn how to resolve it in a healthy way. When conflict is...

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Self-Care

Self-Care

Self-Care describes the activities undertaken by individuals and the wider community to improve health, prevent disease and manage illness. It encompasses a broad spectrum of activities and decisions that people make for themselves to maintain a good level of physical...

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Mental Health and The Festive Season

Mental Health and The Festive Season

It’s the season to be jolly……… for some it is, for some it is not. My reason for writing this blog is to create awareness and sensitivity for those who are struggling despite the fact or the belief that it is the season to be jolly. "This time of year can be...

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Burnout

Burnout

In a profession where we should be good at preventing burnout, practising what we preach, burnout is most rife in the helping profession. Looking at what burnout is and the resources available. Burnout is a . . . “Psychological syndrome in response to chronic...

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Stress awareness

Stress awareness

6 November 2022 International Stress Awareness Day Stress has become part of our normal daily lives, so much so, that as I am writing this I am wondering if we can actually function without it or so we believe. Are we functioning or is it a flawed belief? Nonetheless,...

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October Mental Health Awareness Month-Psycho-Education

October Mental Health Awareness Month-Psycho-Education

As October is Mental Health Awareness Month, I decided to choose Bipolar as the disorder that I want to psycho-educate on. Please take caution when reading the following not to diagnose others or yourself, only qualified practitioners such as psychologists,...

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Mental Health Awareness Month October

Mental Health Awareness Month October

Let’s celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, October, and Destigmatize Mental Health. 10 October 2022-Mental Health Awareness Day The body is as important as the brain they both fulfil a very important role and one cannot without the other, if mental health gets...

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Emotions letting them work for you

Emotions letting them work for you

Emotions what are they? Emotions: Precede feelings, they are physical (biological), basic and instinctual. They result in physical and psychological changes that influence thought and behaviour. Because they are physical, they can be objectively measured by blood...

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Following your gut and what does it look like

Following your gut and what does it look like

After listening to a talk by Dr Gabor Maté https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVg2bfqblGI it all makes sense why people-please and use all kinds of coping mechanisms. He mentions in his talk that as an infant there are two fundamental needs apart from the physical needs,...

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Psycho-Education and the importance thereof

Psycho-Education and the importance thereof

At some stage of my counselling journey I was working in a dual diagnosis primary care facility where I provided addiction group counselling and  psycho-education groups. One afternoon I received feedback that some of the group members were not joining the...

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Addiction is a family dis(ease)

Addiction is a family dis(ease)

Looking at addiction from a systemic point of view. Please remember the following the three C’s you did not Cause your partner, child or family member’s addiction, You cannot Control them or their addiction/behaviour and you cannot Cure it. I am wondering how many of...

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A Masked Society

A Masked Society

Are the masks we wore to protect us from Covid-19 the only masks we wore, or did they take the place of the masks we wore before Covid-19 reached our shores in February 2020. The president gazetted June 2022 that we could stop wearing masks. When I went shopping the...

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Signs and symptoms of social anxiety

Signs and symptoms of social anxiety

Perceived rejection or is it, someone, who struggles with feeling socially awkward or who struggles with social anxiety. I was sitting in a coffee shop the other day and my husband bumped the back of a person’s chair which was behind him, I suggested to my husband...

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Addiction & Recovery (Video)

Addiction & Recovery (Video)

A video presented by Mandy-Leigh about Addiction and Recovery.Contact Me & Book your online session!Complete the form below and I'll contact you to set up your online session.

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3 Benefits of Online Counselling

3 Benefits of Online Counselling

1. AccessibilityFor many people, the accessibility of online counselling can help ease anxiety one may experience during an in-office counselling session. It is a simple and comfortable process for clients to log in to a secured online platform such as Zoom that they...

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What is Brainworking Recursive Therapy or BWRT?

What is Brainworking Recursive Therapy or BWRT?

What happens in a BWRT® session? If you’ve had any kind of therapy or counselling session, you’ll know it can sometimes be awkward, frustrating or even traumatic, as your brain mulls over problems, past and present. Brain Working Recursive Therapy is a technique used...

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Is alcohol a drug?

Is alcohol a drug?

A question that frequently comes up in my counselling group sessions and support groups, is, IS ALCOHOL A DRUG? Many clients start their counselling journey with a need to start their road in recovery, however, many of them do not see the road to recovery without...

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