I’ve always enjoyed writing, even in school I enjoyed my English classes, I wasn’t the best at it, but it was something I secretly enjoyed. Once I left school I didn’t really do any writing. I wrote assignments for college but that was more of a chore than anything else and I used to always … Continue reading Writing Therapy
When my counsellor and me were working through my PTSD I had some homework that I needed to complete which was to write a script of the trauma from when it started through to when it ended and then mark my anxiety level (on a scale from 1-100) as I was reading it through. This … Continue reading Narrative Exposure Therapy
The task of writing down your evidence for and against your critical beliefs is a good starting point for self-compassion but it isn’t the easiest task to complete as you have to face your critics (meaning you) head on which can be daunting and needless to say, pretty fucking difficult. However, using imagery is a … Continue reading Positive Imagery – Self-Compassion Part 2
Self compassion was something I learnt whilst going through my cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). To have compassion for someone is to be sympathetic towards them, for however they are feeling or whatever they have been through. Now, those that know me will know that I hate, hate receiving sympathy. I always have done. I don’t … Continue reading Self-Compassion
My counsellor first mentioned hindsight bias to me when we were going through my therapy and working on my traumas, specifically my dads death. It can also be known as the ‘knew it all along effect’ and it is where people predict the outcome of an event after the event has happened. When working through … Continue reading Hindsight Bias
Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD for short, is a mental illness that results in the improper processing and storage of traumatic events. PTSD develops because the trauma experience was so distressing that we want to avoid any reminder of it (ironic really), our brains don't process the experience into a memory, so the experience … Continue reading What Is PTSD?
Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT for short is a type of psychotherapy that helps you change negative thought patterns and/or behaviours, it has been proven effective in helping treat a wide range of mental and emotional health issues. CBT helps you challenge any negative thoughts or behaviours and practise self-help techniques which are designed to … Continue reading Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
There is no doubt that mental health has been on one hell of a ride this decade. For me, I started off this decade by attempting suicide, self-harming, I was severely depressed and I had a firm hand on my self-destruct button up until last year. I’m now here clear minded, traumas processed, I see … Continue reading What A Decade
To care for something or someone requires a lot of strength. It can be damaging, rewarding and draining for yourself. I now don't care for a lot, but what I do care for; I care for a hell of a lot. Back before I finished my counselling I cared about EVERYTHING and by everything, I … Continue reading Prioritise Your Cares
The what ifs that circle around our head can cause us so much pain. The what if I had done that? Or what if I had said this? They are endless and they can ruin our mental state. After my dads death I was filled with what ifs which led to me feeling a huge … Continue reading What If?