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I just want to be happy!

I just want to be happy!

Do you know what happiness is? This might sound like a strange question but it really isn’t as straight forward as you might think.  The word ‘happiness’ has two very different meanings, the first is generally associated with feeling good, for example, feelings of...

Post-Pandemic Stress – a new epidemic?

Post-Pandemic Stress – a new epidemic?

Stress isn’t new, but the current Covid pandemic and its aftermath have created more conditions to cause stress than at any other time in recent history and ironically, this is particularly the case for people living in the developed world.  Many of us don’t have the...

The EI and ACT connection

The EI and ACT connection

EI (Emotional Intelligence)  ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) When I deliver talks, presentations and workshops on EI and ACT I am often asked what the connection is between both.  I explain that EI is an inclusive model of personal wellbeing and human...

Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind” Caroline Flack This also applies to yourself by the way! I don’t know about you, but I find being compassionate with myself very difficult at times.  The unfortunate fact is that most of us ‘learned’ to be harsh on...

Me, ACT and The Happiness Trap

Me, ACT and The Happiness Trap

My first introduction to ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) was while attending a mindfulness workshop in Cardiff. The ACT segment was delivered by experienced ACT therapist and counsellor Andy Wilson and although I didn’t know it at the time, it was a...

TED Talk about ACT

TED Talk about ACT

How can we best deal with difficult or negative thoughts?  Dr. Steven Hayes discusses language, cognition, and the science behind putting on the mental brakes. Steven C. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada....

What is ACT Therapy?

What is ACT Therapy?

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behaviour therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead,...