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Lonely At Christmas Dealing With Anxiety And Isolation That Causes Christmas Depression

Lonely At Christmas: Dealing With Anxiety And Isolation That Causes Christmas Depression

This time of year, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic, many people are worried about feeling lonely at Christmas and possibly unaware of the anxiety and the onset of Christmas depression that can occur from isolation during the festive season. For most of us at this time of year we are surrounded by cheery songs on the radio, festive parties that you will be attending, gifts and good wishes that you give and receive, it’s a happy time for most of us. But for lonely people, it can be a difficult time. For many different reasons, such as the death of […]

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TRE Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises: New Relaxation Techniques For Anxiety & Stress

London based Alice Paton has been a qualified Craniosacral Therapist since 2012, and has been involved with Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) since 2014. Alice has had a keen interest in yoga since my teens, and it was whilst on a yoga retreat that she learnt about Craniosacral Therapy. She recalls “It made me think about how our bodies carry the stories of our lives, with different degrees of tension held within each of us. Craniosacral therapy allows our bodies to be ‘heard,’ and helps to re-balance our nervous system.” The physical process of TRE similarly helps to quiet the […]

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BodyTalk Could Be The New Consciousness-Based Healthcare System.

BodyTalk: The New Consciousness-Based Healthcare System For Rebooting Your Body

What is BodyTalk and how does it work?: BodyTalk is based around the belief that your body knows how to heal itself and the ability to carry this out, but just like in this day and age, similar to a computer, your body can get overloaded, leading to malfunction. A BodyTalk practitioner offers no diagnosis or prescription, just a “rewiring” session using muscle testing and light tapping on the head and sternum to re-establish channels of communication within the body. This will allow the body to perform its own internal ‘reboot’ and things will start functioning optimally again. We know […]

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Emotional Resilience – The Benefits Of Meditation & EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)

When it comes to a person’s ability to deal with stressful situations or personal crises emotional resilience is key to adapting to the problems that arise and managing them in a healthy way. It has been shown that people with a higher degree and understanding of emotional resilience will be able to cope with the stresses that come with their daily life in a much more effective and calmer way and navigate their way through their crises more easily. The good news is that emotional resilience is a skill that can be learned and developed into a valuable coping tool. […]

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The Body In Psychotherapy

“And I said to my body, softly ‘I want to be your friend’. It took a long breath and replied, ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this” Nayyirah Waheed. Many forms of psychotherapy, as well as other embodied practices, acknowledge the body not only as a biological network of physical information but also as an accurate and wise messenger of emotive and intuitive knowledge. The body and the mind are different parts of us, yet they are not opposites, they have a wistful connection with one another, and body psychotherapy focuses on the interactions between the body and […]

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Be Kind To Yourself showing self compassion during Covid-19

Be Kind To Yourself (showing self-compassion during the pandemic & beyond)

The internal tug of war: Attempting to be kind to yourself using self-compassion can sometimes be a difficult task, especially when so many of us are having to deal with such challenging situations and emotions as a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic. During this time, and in days gone by, our sense of self can sometimes feel conflicted. Most people have a part of themselves that enables them to see the good in what they are doing, helps them to be on their own side in moments of disappointment, and offers support and encouragement as they try to move […]

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Return to school anxiety during Covid-19

Return To School Anxiety During The Covid-19 Pandemic

It’s a difficult thing to ignore but the fact is that now the winter is over, school anxiety is, no doubt, on a lot of our minds. With the return to school during lockdown and the beginning of a new hope that things might be returning to some kind of normal for many students in the UK it should be a time of relief for parents and children alike. But in actual fact, with the Covid-19 pandemic looming over all of us and the risk of a rising Coronavirus infection rate, there is an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty and anxiety […]

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The Road Back From Lockdown

Transitioning To Normal: The Road Back From Lockdown

At this time of health alert and uncertainty during the Covid-19 pandemic in the land of lockdown, we have been witnesses to great changes. In the past few months, the patterns of our lives have dramatically altered because of coronavirus. Life felt so different. We were socially isolated. People became ill, died, lost their homes and jobs, businesses crippled. Psychologists talked about collective trauma. It felt as if differences in classes and privileges sharply came into focus during lockdown. We all have, in one way or another being able to see the imbalances that our world keeps falling into. And […]

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A Recovering Addict Discovers The Clearmind Awakening Workshop.

A Recovering Addict Discovers The Clearmind Awakening Workshop

This is the story of a recovering addict called Paul and his experience with the Clearmind Awakening workshop, a life altering invitation to a deeper, richer experience of self, through the transformative power of authentic, vulnerable connection. The Clearmind international institute offers speaker series events, personal growth workshops, a counsellor training program and a personal development school. With it’s headquarters in Langley, near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada it runs various workshops centered around a whole range of emotional needs and works with with people from all around the world. The Awakening workshop is a creative, empowering, process oriented course for […]

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Rowena Humphreys On Healthy Eating,

Rowena Humphreys On Healthy Eating: A New Year’s Resolution You Can Stick To

When it comes to healthy eating there are few people more well placed than Rowena Humphreys to share knowledge on how to maintain a healthy diet. And not only eat well but still enjoying cooking and helping get more plants (vegetables, fruits, grains and beans) on your plate. Which in turn results in you being empowered to make healthy choices. London-based Rowena is a certified Food For Life Trainer working with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She is also a graduate of Cornell’s Plant-Based Nutrition course and a Founding Trustee of Made In Hackney. Rowena Humphreys’ mission is to […]

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Christmas Stress and Anxiety.

Christmas Stress & Anxiety During The Festive Period

Christmas can be a time of magic and wonder for children, but for some people, the festive period, especially this year with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting all of us, can also be a time of Christmas stress and anxiety. For many reasons these people experience feelings of isolation, loss and bereavement, financial pressures or increased family conflict that can make the Christmas period a very anxious and stressful time of year, for these people they could possibly feel remote and lonely at Christmas. This is a total contrast to how many of us see things at this time of year, […]

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Riding Wolves dealing with stress and anxiety

Riding Wolves: How to deal with stress and anxiety in an uncertain world.

The Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting stress and anxiety in our everyday lives have thrown the world into chaos and made the near future increasingly uncertain for many people. How can we live in an uncertain world without slipping into anxiety, panic, and worry? Human beings really like certainty. We generally prefer our lives to be fairly ordered and the last several thousand years have been largely spent developing complex systems to insulate ourselves from the chaos of the natural world. At some point in our neurological evolution, we developed the concept of the future, something very few of our […]

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Why Labelling People With Addiction Problems Is Complex

The Labels We Live By: And Why Labelling People With Addiction Problems Is Complex

Modern society it seems is intent on labelling people, why do we have the need to do that? At what point did the person become the label, or did the label become the person? It’s an interesting question that can be applied to pretty much any form of human behaviour. My name is Rowenna Clifford and I am a Cognitive Hypnotherapist & Mindfulness Coach. After an inspiring workshop on addiction and trauma delivered by two experts in the field, Chula Goonewardene and Cheda Mikic, and hosted by Melanie Cox at the HQ Therapy Rooms in Hagerston, I was left with […]

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The Importance of a Mind-Body Approach to Eating Disorders and Recovery.

The Importance of a Mind-Body Approach to Eating Disorders and Recovery

Dr. Jenna Daku explains in this article how eating disorders can affect many of us in this modern world. Our minds and bodies are deeply connected. Tears well up in our eyes when we are sad, and tension builds in our muscles when we feel anxious or afraid. Perhaps the deepest connection of all, however, lies between our stomachs and our minds. For example, it’s been discovered that our stomachs have as many neuronal connections as a cat’s brain. Similarly, serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in positive mood and feelings of happiness, is primarily produced in our gut, which was unbeknownst […]

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When Love Hurts: How Couples Get Stuck in a Dance of Distress.

When Love Hurts: How Couples Get Stuck in a ‘Dance of Distress’

What do you do and who do you turn to when love hurts? Most of us seek a close, committed, loving relationship; someone who is there for us when we need them, someone who can respond to us when we require close connection and with whom we can confide and share our feelings and concerns. We seek a relationship in which we feel emotional and physical intimacy. When we are in such a relationship we are happier, healthier and more resilient in the face of life’s storms. Indeed, many couples begin their relationship with the sense that they have found […]

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Know Thyself & Become Who You Are In The Land Of Lockdown

Socrates said that “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom”; however, this is easier said than sensed. Recently many of us living in the land of lockdown have had to retreat to our homes and, by extension, retreat into ourselves. Having this time gives us an opportunity to reflect on how, and who, we are. So how are we? Do we have what we need and want? Do we understand what makes us feel sad, scared, happy, angry, grounded? And who are we? Isolation, whether self-imposed or externally enforced, takes us to these existential concerns; identity, who we are […]

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Skin hunger in times of social distancing – how to deal with lack of physical contact

Skin Hunger In Times Of Social Distancing – How To Deal With Lack Of Physical Contact

In these strange times of Coronavirus lockdown and the ensuing need for social distancing, we are all forced to limit or altogether forgo physical contact and more people than ever are struggling with skin hunger. Skin hunger, or touch starvation, describes the state of being deprived of physical contact and can have serious repercussions on your emotional wellbeing and mental health. Human beings have an innate psychological and biological need to receive and give touch: touch releases oxytocin reduces stress, and is crucial for relating, bonding, exploring, and navigating the world around us. While anyone can experience skin hunger, people […]

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Couples In Coronavirus Lockdown - How To Thrive As Well As Survive

Couples In Coronavirus Lockdown – How To Thrive As Well As Survive

How are couples in the Coronavirus lockdown adjusting to the new circumstances that have hit us all over the past month and what are the possible effects on their relationship? There is, literally, no getting away from it, you’ll be spending a great deal more of your time with your partner right now. And, if you have children, you’ll also be doing a crash course in teacher training too! Money concerns, lack of physical and emotional space, worries about the future, can test the most placid of loving partnerships. So, along with washing our hands and social distancing during the […]

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Turn Your COVID-19 Precautions Into Mindfulness Practice

How To Turn Your COVID-19 Precautions Into Mindfulness Practice

So just how do you go about turning your COVID-19 Precautions into a mindfulness practice with everything that is currently happening? It really does seems at the moment that our main topic of conversation is the Coronavirus. What is it? How will we fight it? Should we ignore it? What about my loved-ones, job, career, family and day-to-day food situation? Should we panic? For me, the only logical thing to do is stay calm, boost my immune system and take a few extra precautions like washing my hands more often, keeping my hands off my face, and being aware of […]

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Why Do Males Find Sharing Personal Issues So Difficult.

Man Down: Why Do Males Find Sharing Personal Issues So Difficult?

When it comes to males sharing their personal issues with a friend, family or therapist, there seems to be large barriers for them to overcome in order to seek help with the problem. For example, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in a car, even when hopelessly and utterly lost, is incapable of stopping and asking a stranger for directions. Men always feel they should know how to get to their destination and are embarrassed when they don’t. It’s no different to how men face up to, or more accurately, don’t face up to their individual personal […]

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How do you love? Couples Counsellor & Psychotherapist Candy Newman Asks The Big Question

So how do you love? It seems like a very simple question, but when you are asked ‘how do you love?’ by someone it evokes an answer that will be totally unique to your own self. Everyone is different when it comes to addressing their role in a close relationship, and therein lies a potential issue that could possibly cause problems for you and your partner if you both have different needs in a relationship. Counsellor, psychotherapist, and parent coach Candy Newman, working in North London, looks at some of the factors behind ‘How do you love?’ and offers insights […]

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Path Of Longing A Spiritual Journey By Muge Erdogmus

Path Of Longing – A Spiritual Journey By Müge Erdogmus-Turnbull

What is the ‘Path of Longing’, how do we find it, where does it lead us to, and more importantly, what will we benefit if we take the journey along this spiritual byway? Sometimes it is our home that we long for, sometimes it is intimacy; we long to be seen and met just as we are. Sometimes we long to come home to ourselves, to wear our ‘soul skin’, for our authentic presence in the world. We long to belong, we long for the mother earth, for freedom and for the creative soul-child that lives in all of us. […]

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Smartphone Addiction Ditch Those Toxic Tech Habits.

How To Deal With Smartphone Addiction: Ditch Those Toxic Tech Habits & Become A Better Version Of You

Care to admit it or not, we have become a nation of digital dependents where we spend more time looking at our smartphone screens every day than we do sleeping (on average 8 hours 41 minutes). In fact, smartphone addiction is on the rise, the average adult picks up their phone 150 times a day, so it’s hardly surprising that 69% of children say their parents spend too much time on technology and less time taking care and interacting with them. The CNN website recently published an article on smartphone addiction stating “You may be one of the growing number […]

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Cheda Mikic is at HQ Therapy Running a TRE (trauma release exercises) & Embodied Self Awareness Class

We are honored to welcome Cheda Mikic to HQ Therapy Rooms in Haggerston, Hackney, where he will be running a TRE (trauma release exercises) and Embodied Self Awareness class. Cheda is a highly experienced body therapist and he works with the body via a range of modalities to help clients achieve a better state of equilibrium physically and emotionally. He has been working in the field of alternative medicine for over 25 years. In this new and exciting class, he will be exploring how to embody self-awareness and how to reconstruct the original body schema with new resources, safety, and […]

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Authentic Warrior Embodiment Process A Unique Approach

Using Authentic Warrior Embodiment Process for Self-Empowerment, Shadow Integration & Trauma Healing

Using martial arts in therapy might sound like a strange combination but The Authentic Warrior Embodiment (AWE) process is a system of exercises and practices that enables the individual to embody the energies of the archetypal Warrior, as understood in Jungian psychology. More than just ‘acting’ warrior-like, embodiment involves training the nervous system to express the Warrior from the inside-out, as opposed to simply wearing a mask of warrior qualities. To embody is to become. In AWE, through authentic warrior training, this archetypal energy is revealed, explored and stepped into. Students experience: Stronger boundaries Firmness and grounding in the face […]

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Zen And The Art Of Touch And Movement.

Zen And The Art Of Touch And Movement – By Abi Adams

Never underestimate the art of touch and movement and the power that flows from within, it can transform your whole being if you allow yourself to understand it and help to ground you as a human being. If you are not aware of yourself and your surroundings then read on below and I will try to explain my experience of this to you. What can you see in the picture above? What can you feel? I see two women, extremely vulnerable. Not knowing what’s going to happen, but looking for a different reaction to the one they are used to. […]

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Mindful or Mind Full? Joining A Gestalt Therapy Personal Development Group in Hackney, London

Gestalt therapy is an existential, experiential form of psychotherapy that focuses on the individuals here and now (present moment) experience and awareness through its approach. Being a holistic form of psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy looks at the whole person in regards to their mind, and body (thoughts and feelings) inseparably. It’s a perfect way for individuals who are interested in finding out more about themselves. Achieving personal development and gaining an insight into Gestalt. Gestalt therapy group work offers the opportunity for individuals to explore personal issues with others who are interested in understanding themselves, and their relationship with others. Some […]

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Anxiety In The Classroom: Why Teachers & Students Are Struggling Over Workloads

When it comes to anxiety in the classroom with children there are many visible apparent forms which many of us can identify with, like when a child is feeling nervous before a test at school, an upset stomach, disruptive or angry behavior, symptoms like ADHD, to students struggling with learning disorders that have not been diagnosed. But something like a school anxiety disorder is not something that is a normal visible symptom, or exclusive to just the student, research is showing that teachers too can have their own type of anxiety in the classroom issues. As the summer term for […]

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Gaelle Tuffigo Mindfulness Meditation Classes And Workshops In Dalston East London.

Mindfulness Meditation: On becoming an observer of my own mind

I started practicing mindfulness and meditation 10 years ago. I stumbled across it by chance really, not really having heard of it, and having a fair few preconceptions about it.

At the time, I was a typical young work-hard play-hard Londoner, who also suffered from insomnia and anxiety.

I didn’t want the anxiety, and looking back I spent a lot of energy trying to push it away, by filling my life with things to do and achieve – my days were packed, from the moment I woke up at 5am to go running, to the moment I went to sleep around midnight, after a long day of working and socialising.

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An Emotional Body-Positive Image: Movement for Mental, Physical & Spiritual Health

What do you think of your body? Do you have a body-positive image of yourself? Do you like your body, trust it, love being in it? Do you even acknowledge this wonderful gift that enables you to move around and experience life? I have realised through a lot of wonderful self-exploration and finally finding the right people and environments to support my relationship with my own body-positive image, that when I empower my body I create an anchor for my mind to settle. When my body is able to express itself, there is less of a battle between my mind, […]

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Women In Need Of Support: Radio Phone-In Shows And Finding Your Vital Lifelines

Flicking through the channels on Tuesday I randomly switched my car Radio to BBC5 Live. I found myself listening to a phone –in programme on Mental-health provision in England.

Karen was calling in from North Devon; she was desperate and she was saying how impossible it was for her to get help. She had been on a list to see a specialist for months and months, she had not been assigned a mental health nurse, she had no family and had had a very disturbed childhood, she seemed to have no job, no friends and no anchors in her life. The only strategy she was using which worked was to attempt suicide regularly so that the North Devon Police would at least come and listen to her! She was committing petty crimes in order to be noticed by them again – they at least offered her kindness and care.

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Salvo La Rosa: Searching for Fireflies.

On The Couch With Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapist Salvo La Rosa: Searching for Fireflies

Welcome to the second installment of our ‘On the Couch’ series, My name is Melanie Cox and we have the pleasure of talking to trainee psychotherapist, Salvo La Rosa. Salvo will be hosting a workshop between 24th-25th November 2018 at the CCPE called ‘Searching for Fireflies’, which focuses on a psychotherapeutic exploration of the theme of longing (unfortunately all spaces have been taken). Salvo is 36 years old and is in the final few months of a five-year training in integrative transpersonal psychotherapy at CCPE, in Little Venice, Maida Vale. Together with a grounding in psychodynamic, humanistic and existential approaches […]

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Free Alternative Therapy Open Day.

Come To Our Free Alternative Therapy Open Day At HQ Therapy Rooms Haggerston

Saturday 24th November 2018 10am – 4pm 322c (Ground Floor) Kingsland Road, E8 4DE. HQ Therapy is opening its doors for a day of relaxation. Please come along to try out our alternative therapy offerings for FREE. We will be offering a range of complementary therapies including Massage, Breathwork, Acupressure and Bodywork. Our therapists will be on hand to answer your questions about complementary therapies, diet and nutrition, how to detox, how to reduce stress and much more. There will be talks on Chinese medicine, Acupressure, Kenesiology as well as opportunities to try out these treatments. So why not take […]

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Focusing on a Person-Centred Approach.

On The Couch With Counsellor Daniel Wiegand: Focusing on a Person-Centred Approach

Welcome to our very first ‘On The Couch’ interview, this is where we get the chance to talk up close and personal with some of the therapists that have their practice here in HQ Therapy Rooms and try to find out how their own personal life experiences have helped them transcend and find empathy with the different therapy approaches they now use in their counselling work. Think of it like ‘therapy for therapists.’ My name is Melanie Cox and I am a Psychotherapist and TRE Practitioner and today I have the pleasure of talking with Person-Centred Counsellor Daniel Weigand about […]

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World Mental Health Day 2018.

World Mental Health Day 2018

World Mental Health Day is on Wednesday 10th October 2018. This year’s focus set by the The World federation For Mental Health (WFMH) is on young people and mental health in an ever changing world. Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time, at any day of the year, but studies show that mental ill health often starts in young adulthood. It’s vital that we give young people access to the support they need to grow up happy, healthy and resilient. Mental health has become a bit of a buzz word lately. Its almost hip to talk about your […]

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Justina Kochansky eggshell based artwork.

Shells: Justina Kochansky Talks About Her Beautiful Eggshell Based Artwork

London-based artist Justina Kochansky describes her eggshell based artwork as a combination of found objects, surface techniques, and the careful handling of eggs. Ranging in size from three centimetres tall to five meters in length, her work explores the balance between strength and delicacy while challenging the notion that art must be big to be noticed. Making tiny worlds and figures has long been a passion for Justina. After studying Wayang Kulit (shadow puppetry) in Bali, she has gone on to perform puppet shows in places ranging from Wilton’s Music Hall to Abney Park Cemetery. For five years she ran […]

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