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Mastering Negative Thoughts - Acknowledge, Validate, Cope (AVC)

Negative (and positive) thoughts float in and out of our thought processes without a care. Some can be easily managed whilst others seem to take over every waking and sleeping moment. Here Lifeways Team Member, Heather Shipley, explores techniques for learning to manage negative thoughts.

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How’s Your Burnout Barometer?

Burnout is more common than we might imagine. More than feeling tired or exhausted, the term describes having reached the debilitating point of being utterly spent and having nothing more to give. How do we recognise burnout in ourselves and others and address it?

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Meet the Team, Jane Spilsbury, Rosen Method therapist

In this month’s Meet the Team interview we learn more about Jane Spilsbury and her work using the Rosen Method, which combines gentle touch with words to bring together mind, body, spirit and emotions. Jane is offering a half-price Rosen session to the first five people to text her with the word given at the end of the this blog.

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Meet the Team - Dr Anne Harris, Nutritionist

In the second of our Meet the Team interviews, we find out more about Dr Anne Harris, what led her into a career as a nutritionist and how she helps clients with a range of issues.

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ADHD and ADD in Children

When I first started working with children we identified some children as inconsequential. These children displayed impulsive behaviour. They would often repeat the same behaviours which had got them in trouble again and again.

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Meet the Team - Ally Purchon, Acupuncturist

Visitors to Lifeways often comment on the friendly atmosphere which is in no small way down to the team of therapists who work here and share their positivity on a daily basis.

In a series of interviews introducing Lifeways therapists and counsellors, we find out more about them and what brought them to their particular line of work. First up is acupuncturist, Ally Purchon.

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Pathological Demand Avoidance in Children

The trouble with initials is that they can have too many meanings. Medically PDA stands for a condition called Patent Ductus Atteriosus while the urban dictionary defines PDA as Public Display of Affection. In this country PDA stands for Pathological Demand Avoidance. This is a syndrome which is controversial – although if your child is born with PDA you will certainly recognise it.

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Realistic Hope and Resilience

We all need to understand how to build resilience. In the face of chronic or life limiting illness, this may be achieved by finding realistic hope and, when faced with issues of mortality, it is our choice of response that empowers us to recover from difficulties.

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Emotional Resilience for Children

We all want our children to be happy and healthy. How can we really tell if they have something on their minds? Are they feeling anxious, are they not telling us something, are they able to articulate how they feel? Feeling low, angry and not sure why, do they understand emotions and how they affect themselves and others?

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Help, my child is Autistic

It can happen to so many parents. They are worried that their child has developed some problems. They are referred to CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services). The clinical psychologist meets them after the initial assessment and explains that their child is on the autistic spectrum. They feel shock, panic and bewilderment. They find it hard to take in the information given and

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