CBT treatment guidelines for insomnia

“It’s 3am and I can’t sleep! I have to sleep! I have a big meeting tomorrow! I’m never going to fall asleep!” Sound familiar? When we are stressed, anxious or troubled, we usually experience sleep disturbances. Some struggle to fall asleep, while others wake up a few times during the night, struggling to get back […]

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Tips for aspiring inspirational speakers

I’m fortunate that I have a good balance in the work that I do: I have a Psychology practice where I work one-on-one in therapy and in addition to this, I have grown a professional speaking career. The therapy and speaking certainly compliment one another and I love that they both ensure that I’ll never stop […]

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I MUST be perfect: The Costs of Perfectionism

Recently, my friend and colleague, Tracey Foulkes (Productivity Coach and CEO of Get Organised) and I were discussing overcoming perfectionism. It’s a common theme in Tracey’s work and I was discussing the psychological considerations – when is perfectionism “normal” and when does it present as part of a potential anxiety disorder?  It’s not surprising that […]

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Masters in Psychology – Tips for your interviews

South African universities who offer Masters in Psychology will be inviting successful applicants for interviews as part of their selection process. WITS was one of the first universities to select applicants for interviews which take place early next week. As I always say in my blog posts about Masters, I am not on a selection committee for any […]

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Never mind the plumber, what about the treatment of depression

If your geyser bursts, you phone the plumber. If you break your arm, you go to your nearest casualty department. Why then, if you’re feeling depressed, do you not seek help? There are a number of possible reasons. Sometimes we think, “It will get better” or “It’s just a phase.” Sometimes we are scared of […]

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Postnatal depression – A conspiracy of silence

It’s Mental Health Awareness month and my Twitter feed is flooded with acknowledgments of the disease model of depression (largely due to Redi Thlabi’s show yesterday on Cape Talk/702). I’ve recently seen a mom in therapy who is struggling with depression and anxiety following the birth of her child a few weeks ago. A mom […]

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Women’s Day Speakers

I am thrilled to be one of the Women’s Day speakers for an event to be held in Johannesburg on 1 August 2014. The event is open to the public and bookings can be made through Sabrina at The Networking Company. I hope to see you there!

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Employee Wellness – Psychology Referrals

I’m so impressed with companies that take employee wellness (particularly mental wellness) seriously. I work with a few local companies who refer employees for individual therapy, not only for work-related issues. They recognise the impact of mental health issues on absenteeism, work productivity, targets, team relationships and work motivation. Stress and anxiety levels are on […]

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Applying for your Masters in Psychology – Tips for your Application

It is almost a year since I wrote my blog post about applying for your Masters in Psychology. With closing dates coming up at the universities in South Africa, I’ve been inundated with requests from students regarding their applications. Once again, I must add that I am not involved in any selection process at a […]

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