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Monday Motivation: Focus on Control

This week's # MondayMotivation focuses on control. Some words on feelings of uncertainty, unknowingness, anxiety, fear and being out-of-control. Because we know many of you are feeling these things. Amidst the panic and anxiety surrounding the current COVID-19 situation is the sense of feeling trapped, out-of-control or even helpless. However, many of our current and previous clients feel these things all/most of the time, pre-and-post COVID-19. These are some of the feelings our clients, and those getting in touch about accessing therapy, are expressing. They may assert that some behaviours, such as restricting doo or exercising (and many other things) helps them cope and feel a little more in-control in the short-term; however, they also recognise that these safety and avoidance behaviours really only increases their sense of things feeling out of our control, in the ling-term. I think there are 2 things to consider that can help us surf through these waves of

Focus on Binge Eating Disorder

Focus on..... Binge Eating Disorder (BED) Binge Eating Disorder or BED is often characterised by someone consuming very large amounts of food over short period of time, even if they are not hungry. Although, we often see another form of binge eating that is characterised by an almost constant 'grazing' of food, which may amount to a large volume of food over time. BED is almost 2x as common in women than in men, although gender differences are less pronounced than in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. BED has been found is all cultures and ethnicities. BED was formally classified in 2014 as distinct Eating Disorder and now has formal classification in DSM-5. Keeping in mind that everyone experiencing BED is different and BED may present differently (we are all different and unique, after all!), some of the signs and symptoms of BED include: * Feeling out-of-control when eating during a binge episode. * Often hiding food (before it has been eaten or hiding empty packets after

Suicide Prevention Week 2020

Suicide Prevention Week 2020 As some of you may know, it is Suicide Prevention Week here in the UK. # suicidepreventionweek We just want you to know that we are here to talk, listen and support you. No judgement, no pressure, no hurrying things along. Your pace, in your time, with our support. We work with each client individually, tailoring therapy and counselling to each person we work with. We're all different after all and different things work for different people, at different times. You are not alo ne, even though it might feel like it sometimes. Let's talk. Warmest wishes, Alexandra