I mention relaxation, controlled breathing and body scans throughout my web-site. A question was raised about how it all fits together and here are my thoughts on that .... however, possibly attending a class in your area would be the best introduction. For the present, meanwhile, consider these experiments. ATTEND TO YOUR POSTURE sit upright, … Continue reading Practical relaxation and meditation
I have been asked how the 'safe experiment' model fits into our understanding of how we change. This is a good point as some of the theory around change explains why we have to persist with some experiments and learn from results that leave us discomforted - those small defeats, I mention. Effective change appears … Continue reading Do you need some change?
Several folk have noticed this phrase appearing a lot in my blog. I have been asked what it means in English. This is a good question as it is a central idea within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement De-sensitisation and Re-processing (EMDR) - indeed, a lot of other therapies. Negative cognitions are phrases … Continue reading What are “negative cognitions”
There are many approaches to relaxation. Several are included through this web site. There is some NHS-based guidance on this topic at: https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/preventing-falls/fear-and-anxiety-about-falling/relaxation-techniques ...... and avid readers of this web site will find some very familiar practices described at: https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/six-relaxation-techniques-to-reduce-stress Interestingly, I came to this web site late on. It builds my confidence to see … Continue reading Relaxation techniques
My web site places emphasis on action - getting something done. So here's a bit of heresy against myself. Action is not always enough or appropriate to the moment! How so, and when? Doing is not always a respectable word in therapy as action does not always 'bring home the bacon'. Action can be a … Continue reading When ‘doing’ isn’t enough.
As my web site has been around for some time, the number of pages has increased. As I have gathered feedback from readers and experimenters, I notice a regular question that arises is: is there evidence for the effectiveness of 'safe experiments'? I'm going to say 'yes' and 'no', aren't I!? The 'yes' is that … Continue reading Evidence-based therapy