Empty nest syndrome (ENS) has long been associated with parents, particularly mothers, whose children have reached an age where they are ready to leave home. It is thought to lead to feelings of grief, loneliness and changes in relationships between spouses. It signifies the end of that particular stage in life.
Psychologist, Alexandra Barnett discusses the symptoms of ENS and how it can effect us a lot earlier than we might expect.
A little preparation ahead of your first online therapy appointment will ensure you get the most out of your time with your therapist.
Our top TEN tips give practical advice aimed at helping you feel prepared for your first appointment & get the very best out of your online video sessions.
How can we include self care in our busy lives?
Counselling Psychologist Dr Alexandra Barnett shares her wisdom & reflections on what self care really means, & how to achieve better self care in our lives.
Learn what validation is and how it can be so effectively used to help someone who is experiencing distress.
One of the most important roles we can play in supporting a person going through emotional pain, is to offer validation of their experience & feelings.
The good thing about practicing validation, is, if you learn this skill, it is all you need to help someone feel heard, supported, connected & loved.
Doubt & uncertainty are typically the central theme in most kinds of OCD. We describe how the search for certainty can make OCD symptoms worse, some tried & tested successful approaches & how Online CBT Treatment can help in a person’s journey to beating OCD.
Cognitive (thought) distortions refer to a biased way of thinking about ourselves, others & the world around us. These automatic patterns of thinking, if extreme negative, can lead to negative motions and behaviours in response.
Find out how CBT can help you to challenge cognitive distortions, which helps to change negative cycles of thinking, behaving & feeling.
Find out what Online Therapy actually is, why so many therapists are backing it and why so many people are now choosing it over in-clinic delivery of best therapy practices.
We look at traditional in-clinic delivery of therapy and why it would be more suitable for some and why online therapy, while it ticks many convenience, boxes may not be the best delivery format for for all.
Black and white thinking is the tendency to see things as all-or-nothing, things are either good or bad, right or wrong. We will all be able to recognise this type of thinking from time to time. Here Lisa Johnston, CBT Therapist and founder of My Therapist Online, shares some advice about how best to manage this type of unhelpful thinking in order to find the grey… or indeed a range of colour in the way we perceive things.
To frequently have trouble sleeping can be a frustrating and debilitating experience. Many of those who are suffering with anxiety at night and insomnia are being advised to seek Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is an evidence based way off addressing these cycles. Here Lisa Johnston, a CBT therapist and anxiety disorders expert shares a few strategies you can try to help improve the quality of your sleep and start to reduce night time anxiety.
Phones have without a doubt changed how we live our lives. Many of the tools and applications on them make our lives easier and more convenient, however contrary to all the good they have brought, they have started to affect people’s attention span and alter how we engage in our day to day experiences.
Learn some top tips how to manage your phone better, to look after your mental wellbeing.
Learn how to successfully achieve your wellbeing goals this year.
Lisa has successfully supported hundreds of people in achieving their health, wellbeing and happiness goals. Lisa Johnston shares her top-tips for not just setting your goals but in how to consistently achieve them. We hope she can help you too.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects around 40% of the population every winter. For a person suffering with SAD it can be debilitating and make the winter months seem never-ending.
Here you can learn about SAD and how it can be treated. There are things that you can do to help yourself as well as professional support available to manage and indeed overcome it.
For many, the festive season can be the most stressful time of the year. Our co-founder Lisa Johnston has some coping strategies and advice for navigating stress and supporting you to be able to enjoy the christmas period as much as possible.
Online therapy enables you to access EMDR therapy with an expert therapist from the comfort of your own home.
Paul Gebka-Scuffins is among an increasing number of EMDR therapists within the EMDR UK & IRELAND Association, using EMDR online. Here he talks about his application of EMDR within online video therapy.
In this article Veena Ugargol, who is a Yoga Therapist for Mental Health and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, summarises some fascinating research on mindfulness, compassion and kindness. By practicing the skills that underpin wellbeing, we can learn be better at it, just as we do any newly learned skill.
At some point in our lives, we all suffer from worries and changes in our mood which may effect our overall happiness. Therapy involves getting an understanding of the reasons and makes a clear plan for working towards feeling good again.
This article aims to give you the green light for accessing therapy.
For some, thoughts can generate a great deal of negative emotion and can become pesky and persistent. Learning that they are all ‘just thoughts’ and that you can let the control over them go, despite the feeling they generate in you, can feel like a liberating life skill. You can’t stop them from appearing, but you can stop them from bothering you
For some, social media can cause unhelpful self-comparisons and a lowering of mood. Learn how you could browse social media differently and instead use it as a springboard towards achieving your own goals.
Gabriella Clarke speaks about her work as an Integrative Counsellor. She explains what Integrative Therapy is and her approach to treatment.
My Therapist Online speaks with Sarah, who describes her inspirational story towards recovery, moving through the bumpy road of bi-polar and why engaging in therapy was, and still is, worth it.
Life doesn’t often get better by chance, it gets better by change.
Advice for friends and family - how to encourage and support someone who is engaging in treatment for an anxiety problem.
Get help to feel more able to offer loved ones emotional support as they move forwards on what, at times, can feel like a bumpy road to recovery.
Includes suggestions of things you could say as well as advice about what not to say.
Reflections and recommendations on a digital detox for a happier you.
Find out how you can make helpful tweaks to how you use your phone to benefit your wellbeing.
The less you engage with the feelings of anxiety, the quicker the will go. Noticing the feeling, labelling it and then carrying on in spite of it, means you are not fuelling it further but allowing it to run its natural course. The feelings will go if you learn to ride them rather than fight them.
With the ever increasing use of technology in mental health treatment, we go back to basics and ask 'What is Online Therapy?'
You've decided to start online therapy - great! But what does that mean? This guide gives some useful insights into what to expect and how to get the most out of your online CBT treatment.