Research has demonstrated that good psychological wellbeing, emotional intelligence and personal resilience are essential threshold conditions for effective performance and the achievement of full potential.
Identifying and managing the psychological and behavioural factors that influence attention, reasoning, learning, decision making, relationship management and good communication, is now a central part of the modern occupational health and personal development agenda.
Whilst research evidence demonstrates that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective treatment for a wide range of anxiety and depression related problems, it’s also important to ensure that a number of “Good Therapy” factors are in place before engaging in any form of talking therapy.
This article outlines our top ten “Good Therapy” factors and provides those considering therapy with a simple check-list to use when selecting a therapist or counsellor.
In this article, we review the Stress Management model and make the case for shifting the focus to resilience as a basis for improving employee health and wellbeing.
In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, we give particular focus to the nature, force, frequency and content of negative thoughts. Thoughts play a key role in determining how we feel and what we do. If we interpret a situation negatively, it can profoundly influence the way we react. This in itself is fairly obvious. We have all been in situations where we have misinterpreted or misunderstood something, reacted in an unhelpful manner and then found that we had made an error of judgement.
In this article, I will draw out some of the key principals underpinning the “C” of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I will also provide an explanation of fourteen of the most common thinking errors that can serve to maintain unhelpful emotional and behavioural patterns.
In this article, I will describe the six phases of therapeutic change and outline the key steps that are used to move from initial assessment, through collaborative conceptualisation, treatment and evaluation.
The research evidence demonstrates that far from what we read in glossy magazines about how to get and keep a perfect relationship, differences are implicit to all partnerships and the potential for conflict and disagreement is ever present.
A YouGov 2014 survey found that almost one in five people (20%) feel anxious all of the time or a lot of the time. This reflects the continuing trend towards increased anxiety and chronic worry.
So Where Does Worry Start?
Whilst there are a number of biological and genetic factors that potentially predispose us to a more anxious or fearful personality, our earlier life experiences play a major role in our ability to cope effectively with increased uncertainty, risk, challenges and demands.
You don't have to have been locked in the coal shed and beaten with rope to develop a fearful and vulnerable perspective.
Whilst it's human instinct to protect our children, teach them about danger and guard them against potential harm, wrapping them in cotton wool and creating an unrealistically perilous view of the world, can be as psychologically and emotionally damaging as neglect itself.