The Tuesday club poem

One Tuesday in January two thousand and twenty, I went along to a new club, thinking I knew plenty.

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Frank Feelings

Frank didn’t do feelings. He was a man at all times. Anger doesn’t count as a feeling, Frank did anger.

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A slice of responsibility pie

One of my favourite things about counselling is the serendipity of working through a problem or difficulty with someone only to discover there is a big lesson in there for me…

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You are you, and I am I.

Age, occupation, interests, culture, and religion. We use all of these or none of these to connect to another.

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Sharon’s Magic Mountain

Once upon a time there was a young girl who embarked up the COSCA counselling course at ACT Counselling and CBT Services. She wanted to climb the magic…

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Inviting You to Share Good News

There is so much noise. It is deafening. Communication is in overload. We have a global catastrophe here and now.

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Vicarious Trauma

We empathise with the hard end of human suffering on a consistent basis. For some Therapists/Professionals, this might be daily…

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An Introduction to CBT

The ACT Counselling Services Team are looking forward to the delivery of another 3-day ‘Introduction to the Theory and Practise of Cognitive…

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder

The ACT Counselling Services Team have delivered several 1 day CPD events on ‘Working with Narcissistic Personality Disorder…

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Borderline Personality Disorder

The ACT Counselling Services Team will shortly be delivering a 1 day CPD event titled ‘Borderline Personality Disorder, Neuroscience and Psychotherapy’…

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Attachment Theory Training

The ACT Counselling Services team are currently travelling around Scotland delivering a 1 day training event on John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory…

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Triggers for Substance Misuse

With CBT in Groups, where clients are given the opportunity to work with their counsellor on a 1:1 basis regarding the substance…

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Substance Misuse and Therapy

It is a well known fact, and yes you have probably read or heard it before that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)…

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Food and Mood

Our brain – the organ that holds the door to a complex world of cognitive and emotional functioning; shaping our every day lives…

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Relationship Patterns

The ACT Counselling Services team have had 2 insightful weeks delivering inputs 6 and 7 of the ‘Practising Schema Focused Therapy’ course…

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Personal Construct Psychology

The ACT Counselling Services Team have been developing and delivering a new input as part of the PG Diploma on Personal Construct Psychology (PCP)…

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Imagery Assessment & Schema Focused Therapy

Imagery Assessment was the input for the ACT Counselling Services ‘Practising Schema Focused Therapy’ course yesterday evening…

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ACT’S New Schema Therapy Course…

Last night was the very first evening of the new ACT Counselling Services ‘Practising Schema Focused Therapy’ — an approach by Jeff Young 10 week course…

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Rules for Living

So what do we mean by ‘rules.’ What we mean is ‘Rules for Living.’ A rule for living is the behavioural adjustment that a child makes in order to cope…

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Solution Focused Practice

We need to shift away from “labelling” or diagnosing mental health problems in children and move towards “case formulations…

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Being Married to a CBT Therapist…

In the 10+ years that I have known my wife she has always been involved in helping people in some way, both in her professional life as well

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Anxiety and Internalised Rules

Children and mental health is an interesting and diverse topic and when thinking about the shaping of the personality during childhood in our last blog…

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Relapse prevention

When is the best time to introduce a relapse prevention plan? Well, regardless of the goal, how do you keep going with the plan and not give into…

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Gestalt – a way of living. CPD Course.

Gestalt Psychotherapy gives us great insight and power and gives us the ability as human beings make sense of our lives. With this in mind, let’s reflect…

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Ellis’ Absolutistic Beliefs

Albert Ellis who as many of our readers will know was the founder of Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT), one of the approaches that influenced…

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Relapse Prevention in Models of Therapy

Our attention turns to Relapse Prevention Therapy and the models used within it. Relapse Prevention and Management techniques should be skilfully passed…

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Negative Thinking

Negative thinking affects all of us. We have designed our own Psycho education process that can help identify, clarify and evaluate unhelpful thoughts…

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