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Blog by Dan Roberts MPD CBT, Therapist in Highgate, North London

Thoughts, reflections, advice...

» How mindfulness meditation helps with anxiety and depression

Research shows that the daily practice of mindfulness meditation counters anxiety and depression, as well as increasing calmness and wellbeing read article

Added on 07.08.2014

» Why 'should' and 'must' can damage your health

Simply changing the language you use, either when speaking or thinking, can have a profound impact on your mental health and wellbeing read article

Added on 29.08.2014

» What The Wizard of Oz can teach us about anxiety

Anxiety almost always leads to avoidance - but, as this classic movie reminds us, to conquer our fears we need to confront them read article

Added on 01.07.2014

» Which form of therapy is best for anxiety?

If you are struggling with worry and anxiety, should you choose counselling, cognitive therapy or another form of psychotherapy? read article

Added on 15.08.2014

» How compassion soothes the anxious mind

Compassion is a wonderful antidote to stress and anxiety - so learning to be kinder and more compassionate to yourself is a key part of any therapy read article

Added on 10.07.2014

» Thought-action fusion explained

Thought-action fusion is an unhelpful thinking style often found with OCD, but also in other anxiety disorders such as generalised anxiety disorder read article

Added on 05.06.2014

» Most common phobias

According to a recent survey, we are most afraid of heights, snakes and public speaking - with spiders, enclosed spaces and mice not far behind read article

Added on 15.07.2014

» Learning to like yourself

At the root of many problems - such as low self-esteem, chronic depression or anxiety - is the feeling that we just don't like ourselves very much read article

Added on 10.05.2014

» What are 'safety behaviours' in CBT?

Cognitive therapists often refer to safety behaviours - but what are they and why do they serve to maintain conditions like social anxiety and OCD? read article

Added on 30.04.2014

» Freeing yourself from a phobia

Phobias such as claustrophobia or a fear of dogs are very common - but they are fairly simple to treat with CBT read article

Added on 05.02.2014

» Cognitive therapy for adolescents

Cognitive therapy techniques are very effective for teenagers with problems like anxiety, bullying, behavioural difficulties or school avoidance read article

Added on 20.11.2013

» What causes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem that can develop following a traumatic incident - but we now understand how to treat it read article

Added on 10.11.2013

» The way out of depression

When you suffer from depression, you stop doing things that give you a sense of pleasure or achievement - so it's key to start doing them again read article

Added on 15.11.2013

» The link between anxiety and avoidance

When we fear something, we are likely to avoid it - but that only makes the problem worse read article

Added on 01.11.2013

» How to stop worrying all the time

If you are prone to worry, you might be making yourself stressed and anxious. Try taking a 'worry break' to feel calmer and more in control read article

Added on 28.04.2013

» Overcoming public speaking anxiety

Public speaking anxiety is very common, but it can be treated with CBT. Try using this technique to help yourself feel more confident on the day read article

Added on 21.03.2013

» What is the story of your life?

We all tell ourselves stories about the key moments of our lives - but if your story makes you unhappy, does it need rewriting? read article

Added on 19.02.2013

» What kind of therapy should you choose?

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), counselling, psychodynamic psychotherapy... which is right for you? Here's a guide to the different approaches read article

Added on 05.01.2013

» The 'head-heart lag' in therapy

A common problem in CBT is the gap between logical understanding and 'gut-level' belief - things make sense, but somehow they just don't feel true read article

Added on 04.11.2013

» The link between thought suppression and anxiety

If you have an anxiety-related problem, you may try to push your anxious thoughts away - unfortunately, this just makes the problem worse read article

Added on 24.01.2013
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