Mental health or mental illness? What is the difference?

The month of October has been declared Mental Health Awareness month with the objective of not only educating the public about mental health but also to reduce the stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness are often subjected to. One of the things I...

Adult survivors of child sexual abuse

Last Saturday I did a CPD course in how to work with survivors of child sexual abuse. I was surprised to learn what the statistics were – 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are victims of child sexual abuse. Many victims can often be confused as to whether they were in fact...

Pain control using hypnosis

Pain can be really debilitating but hypnotherapy can help. Pain is the message from the brain that something is wrong so it is very important that if you are in pain that you seek advice from your doctor first. Once a diagnosis has been ascertained and you are told to...

Understanding Anger

Anger is a very normal emotion. Yet as children we can often be given the message that anger is not acceptable. We may have been made to feel bad for expressing our anger. That message would have come from teachers, parents, family and society. You may have been...