Disordering Anxiety

I didn’t set out to be critical of Bio-medical approaches to the treatment of anxiety. Like many other people my position shifted based upon my own experience. When I first experienced the anxious state, I had no idea what was happening to me. I had a degree in Psychology, was a trained counsellor, but had […]

Seeking Help

Experiencing anxiety can be such an isolating experience. As well as dealing with the uncomfortable way that we feel on the inside, we also use a lot of energy trying to disguise how we are feeling from those around us. There are lots of reasons for this. We feel afraid that they will think we […]

Cause and Effect

In order to make sense of our experiences the brain uses a mechanism of attributing a cause to an effect. It’s a sensible and logical system designed to let us know what is ok and what isn’t. We know from research (as well as the fact that it’s rather obvious) that structural, social and economic […]

What’s an Expert by Experience?

Expert by experience is a fairly new term to be adopted by the field of mental health. An expert by experience is someone who brings their knowledge and expertise to a subject, which they have gained from first hand lived experience. In its endeavour to respond to the ‘mental health’ needs of people in Low […]

Flashbacks

I’m a trained Counsellor with a Psychology background, however most of my work has focussed on working with anxiety. In my third sector work I have conducted multiple research projects into the benefits of working alongside counsellors and psycho-therapists to specifically address the high levels of anxiety, panic, trauma symptoms and flashbacks experienced by their […]

Disordering Anxiety

I didn’t set out to be critical of Bio-medical approaches to the treatment of anxiety. Like many other people my position shifted based upon my own experience. When I first experienced the anxious state, I had no idea what was happening to me. I had a degree in Psychology, was a trained counsellor, but had […]