Laughter Therapy: Is laughter really the best medicine?
Is there an anti-depressant that reduces blood pressure, stress hormones, evens out blood sugar, improves the immune system, makes you smarter, helps you sleep and has pain killing action? These are some of the many benefits claimed for laughter.
Some thoughts on choosing a role model
A good way to achieve your goals is to identify a person who can act as a role model in your decision making. In the article that follows we discuss the function of a role model in our lives, and provide some thoughts on choosing someone who feels right for you.
The UKCP Conference on ‘Effectiveness in Psychotherapy’
On 25th June 2011 the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) held its second research conference on effectiveness in psychotherapy in London. In this article, Jessica Woolliscroft writes about presenting her research and reviews her impressions of the day.
Therapy for Todays Complex Lives - Person-Centred Counselling
We are bombarded with demands: look perfect, stay young, be philanthropic, get rich, be 'green', keep a stiff upper lip, show our feelings, keep fit, exercise, be famous. These conflicting demands can lead to feelings of stress, anxiety or depression.
There once was an Ugly Duckling
Something I've learned through working as a therapist is just how many of us suffer really badly from body image problems. This doesn't just apply to those of us who would be labelled as less attractive by society - it can also afflict those who we would least expect to feel bad about their appearance.