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Removing Blocks and Getting Things Done

Most of us have “To Do” lists that are a mile long. Some are work focused, some are personal, most are a mixture of both. Regardless of whether we  want to change professionally or personally, once we identify what we want to change, we seem to think that this is all it takes. Not true! […]

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De-Scrooging (and Being Mindful) at Christmas

Guest Blogger Chris McConnell, CBT, ACT and Mindfulness Therapist, has written some timely words on managing anxiety, stress and depression at this time of year. De-Scrooging Yourself this Christmas Watching an advertisement on Irish TV recently, showing two employees going to great lengths to de-scrooge their boss, who on Christmas Eve demands a pile of […]

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Surviving The Family at Christmas

Let’s face it, we might all love our families, but that doesn’t mean we like them all the time. Christmas can be a stressful time of year, when relatives who have not spent any time together all year, suddenly converge in one place.  With them they bring memories, habits, routines and their own beliefs of […]

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One Quiet Day Of The Week

Living away from home for a few years now, first studying, and now working in the capital city, has meant that household routines have become a lot different than they used to be.   I’m fortunate enough to live with friends. However, living with friends who all work different jobs, different hours, in different parts […]

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Changing the conversation around Eating Disorders

I went along to the annual conference for the International Association for Youth Mental Health in the UK a few weeks ago, where I heard from many researchers and professionals working in the area of youth mental health. These people are all working endlessly and passionately towards ending stigma and raising awareness for youth mental […]

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Anorexia Athletica – The clue is in the name

Anorexia Athletica… Sports Anorexia… Hypergymnasia… Compulsive Exercising… There is a rapidly emerging area of eating disorders and the clue is in the name…   With eating disorders, a common motivation is the sense of control the individual feels over their body. When everything around them seems to be in chaos, eating disorder sufferers often feel […]

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Orthorexia: How ‘healthy’ is your healthy eating?

Last night I was watching one of my favourite movies, Notting Hill, with friends. We found ourselves laughing as usual when the friends of lead character Will tried and failed to set him up with different women after his heart is broken by Anna. Of course, the ladies seemed to be a little, shall we […]

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Emotional Eating – When A Little Becomes A Lot

‘’All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.’’ ~ Charles M. Schulz.   Don’t you agree? After a long day at work, there’s often nothing better than a few squares of chocolate with a coffee.   This is one of the many roles food has to play in our […]

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Focusing on Feelings

“Many people are afraid of their feelings, especially the so-called negative emotions.  They are afraid they can’t handle their pain, that it will overwhelm them.  They are afraid that if they allow themselves to feel their loneliness it will last forever, that if they fully experience their anger they will do hurtful, destructive things.  They […]

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Balancing our ”Shoulds” with out ”Want To” Lists

I was chatting with a colleague at the water cooler one day, and I was sounding off about all the things I ‘should’ be doing.  More exercise (any exercise if I’m honest!), cutting back a little on client work, focusing on  other projects that demand a lot of time just now, spending more time with […]

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A Model of Counselling We Can All Live By…

Working with an Executive Coach recently, I was reminded by her of a particular model of counselling, called Transactional Analysis.  The assumptions of the ‘Transactional Analysis’ Framework are: People are OK. Everyone has the capacity to think. People decide their own destiny, and these decisions can be changed.   Wow.  It’s that simple.  And to […]

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”Giving up” your Eating Disorder?

I was chatting to a good friend of mine at the weekend.  I have known this friend (let’s call her Anna), since high school,  and meet up with her and my other school friends regularly.  So we’ve been friends for over 25 years (wow!). Myself and another friend in this group have talked about Anna occasionally, […]

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Emotional Eating

“Here’s the thing about stress though: I think we’ve all learned to use that word too loosely.  We use it as a blanket term to cover a whole range of emotions that may actually require very different techniques and tools to deal with.  We say “I’m so stressed!” when what we really mean is something […]

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Toxic Mothers

Client “Lisa”: My mother was an alcoholic when I was a child.  She drank for years, but it was never acknowledged.  Even now, she runs a support group for other alcoholics, but she denies that it’s related to her experience.  Every time I try to talk to my mom or dad about the past and […]

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What does being ‘Feminine’ mean?

  This post was written by Emma Murphy, founder of Change Panda, Counsellor & Psychotherapist, following her return from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in the USA, at the end of 2011. I have recently returned from both the NEDA Conference in L.A., and a short family vacation at the same time – combining […]

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Can you commit to change?

Today’s blog is about change. Whilst reading “Fat is a Family Affair” (Judi Hollis), I was struck by my experience of setting up one of my therapy groups for eating distress, and Judi’s concept of change in relation to Food Obsession (her conceptualisation of eating distress). From experience in setting up my group, I know I need to […]

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Have you got that Friday feeling?

It’s Friday.  Are you happy? Excited?  Looking forward to the weekend ahead – having a lie in, meeting up with friends, playing sports?  Or are you anxious about having to go out with friends?  Are you feeling sick with dread because weekends are ‘bad’ for bingeing?  Are you feeling upset that you are spending another […]

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Your Therapist and You.

There has been a lot of discussion in the Irish media in the past year or two in relation to the lack of Government regulation in Ireland around counselling and psychotherapy. In this blog we will talk about engaging in therapy in a way that is best for the client – YOU.  Sometimes the biggest […]

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The ‘All or Nothing’ Thinking of an Eating Disorder

Is it all black or white in your world? Do you measure yourself on a short scale of Success …… Failure and accept nothing in between? For clients struggling with bulimia and binge eating, this is a common personality trait.  Setting very high standards for yourself personally, then beating yourself up when you don’t achieve them.  Setting […]

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Procrastination. What’s Stopping You From Getting Things Done?

Procrastination There was an interesting discussion on one of my LinkedIn groups recently, about procrastination.   A fellow Therapist asked if it might be linked to Loss and Closure – a client of hers had recently suffered several losses and difficult events, and was now very badly stuck and not completing or even tackling certain tasks […]

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