Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Dr Albert Ellis used to be a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He writes in his book Reason & Emotion in Psychotherapy (1972) about how he used to sit at the end of the patient couch with pen poised waiting for something to happen before he thought ‘there has to be a better way than this before putting […]

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Homeward Bound

Technology has transformed the care of patients in hospital. But can it also help to keep them out of it? Scientists around the world are now exploring how futuristic medical devices can allow chronically ill patients to be cared for in their own homes. HOSPITALS were once places where recovery and survival depended more upon […]

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Maternal Instincts

It is an overwhelming thing to look at a new baby, especially if that baby is your responsibility. Gazing at your infant, tiny and sucky in its nest of blankets, you are struck by its smallness, its vulnerability, its physical precariousness. That feeling never quite leaves you. Over and over again, as your child grows […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder and How to Deal With It

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a depression associated with late autumn and winter and is thought to be caused by a lack of light. Symptoms of SAD can include: • a persistent low mood • a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities • irritability • feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness • […]

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Save the Children

After a century of improving health and survival rates, Britain’s child health services are at a crossroads. Rising levels of obesity and an epidemic of inactivity threaten to undo much of the progress, while stretched resources mean cash must be spent more carefully than ever before. So what lies ahead? ACCORDING to some experts, Britain’s […]

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The Run from Autumn Towards Winter

We are all preparing for the Christmas/holiday break. Too often life flies by. There is no time to experience what’s happening NOW because we’re busy thinking about what needs doing tomorrow or we’re caught up with thoughts about what did or didn’t happen yesterday. Your mind is chattering with commentary and judgement. Many of us […]

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A Different Way

A long time ago, I spent a part of my gap year working as a medical records clerk at Barts hospital in the City of London. In those days, medical records were stored in folders – slim, if you were lucky, bulging if you were not. Our job, as medical records clerks, was to assemble […]

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A Positive Work Life Balance

In a world where more of us find ourselves working in roles that could be considered “always on” jobs, how do we achieve and maintain work-life balance and how do companies promote this way of life? It is a challenge to say the least. Do you think your work and home life are balanced? For […]

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The Link Between Food and Mental Health

As we look at the world around us, we don’t have to have special powers of deduction to work out that ‘things’ are not going quite as well as they ought. Words such as “unemployment”, “homelessness”, “crime rate”, “war”, “social unrest”, “pollution”, “AIDS”, “cancer”, “allergies” and many more indicate our social climate. People are turning this […]

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Remove the Blame and Guilt

Many professionals are scared of formal complaint. Health care professionals live in fear of it let me say!  Imagine the scenario then of my getting a formal complaint for all sorts of misdemeanors from a complainant via my registering body.  It felt vexatious, confirmed by the fact that the female complainant sent the police to […]

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Ark Magazine: Integrated Care

This time we focus on Integrated Care with interviews from David Harrop, Orla Healthcare and Merav Dover, Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care. Click on the cover for your copy. We hope you enjoy it.

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Mental Health and Pain Management

I had a client this morning who was sleeplessness. Along with that was tinnitus: a constant big hum in her ears. Now in her 50s, she had nursed her mother with Alzheimer’s who had died some 18 months ago. She was a successful business woman. Married but childless. Let’s call her Maureen. Part way through our […]

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Dealing with Depression – Symptoms and Where to go for Help and Tips

Our psychological well-being is affected by three main factors: our genetic make-up, our environment, and our thoughts and actions or “life skills.” Positive Psychology and the so-called Science of Happiness provide new insight on how to build resilience to depression, and in many cases, how to fight and relieve depression and anxiety naturally. This has […]

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Techniques for Stress Free Living

Make time to programme your mind every day. You will become happier, stronger and more creative as your life continues to get better. This is a technique for you to use as a workout every day. As you practice you will find that you are able to complete it in five minutes or so… Begin […]

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Nutrition, A Balancing Act

Whether you are on parenteral nutrition or you’re just into nutritional health and wellbeing, it’s all about making the right choices… Nutrition is not a word that makes me feel warm and happy. Eating, I love. Food and restaurants and lunch with family and suppers with my husband I love. Cooking, even. But nutrition always […]

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Tips for Living a Happy and Healthy Life: Realising Your Worth

SO OFTEN we do not get positive feedback from others. Many people may eventually come to our funerals and eulogise. By then it is too late to have the feedback! Have a go at this exercise: When you have a couple of minutes sit and close your eyes. Imagine yourself at a funeral. The church […]

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Your Best Year Yet!

SO OFTEN we say “I’ll be happy when ….” Happiness is not a result. It is a state of being in mind and body.  Humans are happiest when they are working towards a long term aim. Have a long term aim in some field or other. Do you remember as a child when you played […]

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Mental Health and the Pressures of Christmas

Back in the sixties a pair of American psychologists called Holmes & Rahe made a scale that they called the “Social readjustment rating scale”.  Events in our lives were given scores from ‘death of a spouse’ at 100 points downwards to lesser events.  Christmas and family celebrations figured on the scale.  You will not be […]

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Ark Magazine: Nutrition

Our nutrition issue features interviews with Carolyn Wheatley Chair of the charity PINNT, Professor Alan Jackson Professor of Human Nutrition, Tracy Earley Consultant Nutrition Nurse, plus real life stories from patients about their experiences. Click on the cover for your copy. We hope you enjoy it!

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Helping People Realise their Power

Sue Washington has dedicated her life to helping people. From early days as a school teacher she trained psychotherapists to an exacting national standard. Her thrust in her later years has been to help people realise their power. As we look at the world around us, we don’t have to have special powers of deduction […]

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Ark Magazine: Palliative Care

With features from the Chief Executive of Marie Curie Dr Jane Collins, Chairman of Dying Matters & The National Council for Palliative Care Professor Lakhani, amongst others. Click on the cover for your copy. We hope you enjoy it!

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Ark Magazine: Obstetrics and Gynaecology

With features from the President of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Dr David Richmond and consultant anaesthetist Dr Roshan Fernando from University College Hospital London. Plus patient stories and much more. Click on the cover for your copy. We hope you enjoy it!

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