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Welcome to the My Family Psychologist On The Couch Blog. Our articles are updated on regular basis with relevant information to help our readers with situations they may be dealing with, however, nothing is ever as effective as just speaking to someone who may be able to help.

Check back regularly for helpful updates, case studies, articles, and help for you and your family. If you would like to contribute to the On The Couch Blog please get in touch.

All articles published on My Family Psychologist are for information and entertainment only, you should always contact and speak to an expert if you feel that any of the issues discussed relate to you.

How To Recognise The Signs of Sexual Abuse
Couples Psychology

How To Recognise The Signs of Sexual Abuse

How To Recognise The Signs of Sexual Abuse Whether you’re just starting your sexual journey and want to keep safe or trying to find out …

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How does using Mindfulness as a tool, reduce self-harm
Couples Psychology

How does using Mindfulness as a tool, reduce self-harm?

How does using Mindfulness as a tool, reduce self-harm Self-harm is a deeply complex behaviour that is prevalent across the world and is often, pretty …

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How to Recognise Histrionic Personality Disorder
Family Psychology

How to Recognise Histrionic Personality Disorder?

How to Recognise Histrionic Personality Disorder? Histrionic personality disorder belongs to the ‘dramatic’ group of personality disorders and is characterised by unstable self-image and emotions. …

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How To Recognise Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
Family Psychology

How To Recognise Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder?

How To Recognise Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder? Do you ever wonder if your perfectionism is a personality trait or a part of a bigger problem? …

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How To Recognise Avoidant Personality Disorder
Child Psychology

How To Recognise Avoidant Personality Disorder?

How To Recognise Avoidant Personality Disorder? Avoidant personality disorder (APD) might be confused with shyness, however, it’s more than just a personality trait or being …

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Does my child have an Eating Disorder
Child Psychology

Does my child have an Eating Disorder?

Does my child have an Eating Disorder? This is a question that most parents don’t usually ever have to ask themselves, yet it is also …

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In Crisis

In Crisis? If you feel you or someone else is at imminent risk there are a number of services and organisations who can help:Go to your local A&E

Call The Police 

Contact your local NHS Crisis Team 

Contact your local Single Point of Access; this is a relatively new service available in most Trusts aimed to streamline referrals 

If you need to talk to someone, there are a number of charitable organisations who can help:

Text THEMIX to 85258 – talking support for young people 

Call The Samaritans on 116123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Visit www.thecalmzone.net – The Campaign Against Living Miserably, specifically aimed at men under 45.

Call Family Lives on 0808 800 2222 – support for families and parenting. 

Childline – 0800 1111.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse you can contact Refuge on their 24 hour helpline 0808 2000247.

Anxiety UK recommends the apple technique in triggering situations:

APPLE

Acknowledge the uncertainty as it comes to mind.
Pause – Don’t react as you normally do. Don’t react at all. Just pause and breath.
Pull back – Tell yourself this is just the worry talking, and this apparent need for certainty is not helpful and not necessary. It is only a thought or feeling. Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are not statements or facts.
Let go – Let go of the thought or feeling. It will pass. You don’t have to respond to them. You might imagine them floating away in a bubble or cloud.
Explore – Explore the present moment, because right now, in this moment, all is well. Notice your breathing and the sensations of your breathing. Notice the ground beneath you. Look around and notice what you see, what you hear, what you can touch, what you can smell. Right now. Then shift your focus of attention to something else – on what you need to do, on what you were doing before you noticed the worry, or do something else – mindfully with your full attention.

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