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Browse our helpful blog articles for more information about self-help tips for a wide range of mental health issues, treatments we offer and conditions we treat. If the blog posts do not answer your question feel free to email us at info@theinternationalpsychologyclinic.com and we'll add your request for a blog post to our list of topics to write on!

5 Tips to Cope with Christmas Away From Home

By Dr Martina Paglia | 07 December 2018

Expats are sometimes unable to come home for Christmas. When this happens people can experience difficult feelings like a sense of emptiness, sadness and loneliness that gradually intensify as Christmas eve approaches. This blog post aims to help you beat the holiday blues when you are far from home.  1. Find some time for your...

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5 Tips to Cope with Low Mood and Depression at Christmas

By Dr Martina Paglia | 05 December 2018

The Christmas holidays can be a difficult time for our stress levels and it’s even more difficult for people with a mental health condition such as low mood/depression. At this time of the year we have the additional stress of getting all ready for the holiday season. The shopping list is longer than usual, family...

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5 Tips to Cope with Anxiety at Christmas

By Dr Martina Paglia | 28 November 2018

Christmas is quickly approaching. On one hand this time of the year brings in the warmth and joy of family get-togethers, however, on the other hand you may feel overwhelmed by the numerous commitments and chores that come with the festive season. Christmas usually comes with high expectations of happy families enjoying perfect celebrations and...

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S. Freud’s Models of the Mind Part 2

By Dr Martina Paglia | 14 November 2018

This is the second article in our series on history of psychology. This post will look at Freud’s structural model of the mind. Freud presented a new theory that provides an intuitive depiction of the mind in his paper The Ego and the Id (1923), together with the effort of integrating the topographical model with...

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S. Freud’s Models of the Mind Part 1

By Dr Martina Paglia | 06 November 2018

This is the first article in our series on history of psychology. This post will look at the development of S. Freud’s early ideas about human psychology and the discovery of the unconscious mind. At the beginning of his scientific career Freud had been greatly influenced by Charcot, the French psychiatrist he collaborated with at...

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

By Mary Egan | 31 October 2018

In this series of blog posts I am going to look at Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) formulations for a range of diagnoses. In the current blog I will look at CBT formulation for anxiety. CBT formulation explores factors that make individuals more vulnerable to developing anxiety problems (predisposing factors), factors that may trigger an episode...

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How to Reinforce Positive Behaviour in Children and Adults with Challenging Behaviour Part 3

By Mary Egan | 24 October 2018

This is the third and last blog in our series on how to deal with challenging behaviour. In this post I will discuss antecedent-based interventions. In my previous post of this series I discussed differential reinforcement strategies. You can read the second post of this series by clicking here. Antecedent-based strategies are used to reduce...

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Psychosocial Developmental Milestones from Birth to Age 2

By Dr Martina Paglia | 08 October 2018

This is the third of a series of articles on child development from birth to 2 years. To read the second article click here. Child development is not an exact science. Every infant grows and develops at its own pace. However, the information about psychosocial development provided in this article are a useful reference for every new parent....

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How to Reinforce Positive Behaviour in Children and Adults with Challenging Behaviour Part 2

By Mary Egan | 01 October 2018

This is the second blog in our series on how to deal with challenging behaviour. In my previous post I discussed the principles of reinforcement, extinction and punishment. You can read the first post of this series by clicking here. All techniques in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) are based on these three principles. One of...

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How to Reinforce Positive Behaviour in Children and Adults with Challenging Behaviour Part 1

By Mary Egan | 24 September 2018

This is the first blog in our series on how to deal with challenging behaviour. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) has become a well-known system of supporting individuals, particularly those with diagnoses of learning disabilities, autism, or dementia. This system was developed from Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which uses behavioural principles to increase or decrease behaviours....

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