Category Archives: General

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Working with Narcissistic Personality Disorder The ACT Counselling Services Team have delivered several 1 day CPD events on ‘Working with Narcissistic Personality Disorder’ throughout 2015 and 2016. Whilst we thoroughly enjoyed delivering the workshops and the feedback received was excellent we did find it a challenge. The challenge lay in attempting to change the public as […]

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Food and Mood

Food and Mood  By, Alana MacDonald, Specialist CAMHS Dietitian and CBT therapist. Our brain – the organ that holds the door to a complex world of cognitive and emotional functioning; shaping our every day lives, social interactions, academic pursuits and of course, our personality. Yet this priceless asset is often neglected when we are considering […]

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Relationship Patterns

Schema Focused Relationship Advice The ACT Counselling Services team have had 2 insightful weeks delivering inputs 6 and 7 of the ‘Practising Schema Focused Therapy’ course. The themes have all been about perpetuation and ‘Repetition Compulsion’ (Freud, S), or ‘Schema Chemistry’ (Young, J). We think it is absolutely incredible that we, as human beings continue, […]

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Rules for Living Part 2

Human beings have an enormous amount of information to process on a daily basis through the senses and belief systems. If every experience was treated as a brand new experience or situation then life would be unbearable. We therefore learn to anticipate and predict. These anticipations and predictions are carried in the unconscious mind and […]

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Rules for Living Part 1

The ACT Team are fresh from delivering another 3 day ‘Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ course. As we have come to expect, the participants were a pleasure to work with and the time passed by so quickly. The course requires participants to examine their own childhood experiences and the resulting […]

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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 as her personal one. Throughout this time she has always had a fascination with what “makes people tick” and a real skill for developing relationships with people […]

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Ellis’ Absolutistic Beliefs

Still thinking about thinking, the ACT Team were recently discussing 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 Aaron Beck’s development of CBT.

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