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Posted on December 16, 2018 by in , , ,

“I Love the Darkness of Winter”

I love the darkness of winter. The dark evenings and the dark mornings of November and December draw me inwards, so that quiet reflection and contemplative rest seem a natural part of life at this time of year. As each Christmas and winter holiday approaches I find myself making a conscious decision that I am not going to get caught...

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Posted on August 22, 2017 by in

How psychotherapy can help with anxiety

It’s natural to feel anxious when something unexpected or difficult is happening in our lives or to worry about significant current or future life events. However, sometimes anxiety can become overwhelming and can really impact on our daily lives and relationships. Worrying excessively about something like health, having or fearing panic attacks, finding it difficult to sleep or relax, can...

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Posted on June 22, 2017 by in

Couples Counselling – How can it help?

Couples counselling is beneficial for all kinds of relationships, not just those that are experiencing chronic difficulties. It can help to resolve a specific problem or to prevent it from escalating. Or it can provide a “check-up” for a happy couple that is going through a stressful period. It is effective in relationships that are long-established and those that are...

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Posted on December 11, 2013 by in

Parenting support and the value of a group approach.

Parenting – despite being around literally forever, in recent years this topic has become one of the most sensitive subjects around, and also one that courts some of the most controversial and conflicting advice. There are as many ways to parent as their are parent-child combinations, as each parent needs to adapt their style to meet the needs of each...

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Posted on August 18, 2013 by in

Why all those years of Training as a Counseling Psychologist just to be able to “have a chat”?

My name is Clare Hickey and I am a Counselling Psychologist working at the Novara Centre Bray. The question that sometimes arises in conversation when work comes up is: Why is psychotherapy any better/ more useful than having a conversation with a good friend? I would like to address some of the issues that may answer that question. Firstly I...

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Posted on August 6, 2013 by in

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Depression.

We all experience depression at some stage throughout life; this is generally as a result of a stressful life event. In the majority of cases we work through these difficult times naturally. However, depression as a mood disorder results in intense and prolonged disturbance in personal, social and work performance. Rates of depression are steadily increasing. According to the World...

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Posted on July 31, 2013 by in

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is concerned with the meaning events hold for people and how their thinking in response to these events can create feelings of fear and despair. It is based on identifying negative thoughts and feelings, and on giving the person the means to change these for the better. Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis, both originally practicing psychoanalysts,...

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Posted on July 27, 2013 by in


When ‘Depression’ is not just about the economy Feeling sad or finding it difficult to see the positives in our lives, are common to all of us from time to time. The term ‘Depression’ is used to describe a wide spectrum of experiences from feeling a bit low, to the grief and despair following a death or loss of a loved one, to...

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Posted on July 20, 2013 by in


Minding our Mental and Emotional Health Step 1: Acceptance Sometimes the hardest thing about dealing with the difficulties life throws at us is not so much the happening itself but the mental torture we inflict on ourselves. We repeat ‘If only I had’ …or ‘Why me’? …or ‘How could they do that to me’? Such self-inflicted torture may be eased...

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