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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!

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Panic Disorder

By Mary Egan | 11 February 2019

This in the seventh in a series of blog posts about CBT formulations. This blog will focus on CBT formulation for panic disorder. 1.  What is Panic Disorder? Panic disorder is characterized by a reoccurrence of unexpected panic attacks, including persistent worrying that panic attacks will occur and the initiation of unhelpful behaviours as a...

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By Mary Egan | 06 February 2019

This in the sixth in a series of blog posts about CBT formulations. This blog will focus on CBT formulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 1. What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? OCD is the reoccurrence of intrusive thoughts combined with compulsive behaviours to reduce the anxiety experienced by such thoughts. For example, excessive hand washing due...

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Separation Anxiety

By Mary Egan | 30 January 2019

This in the fifth in a series of blog posts about CBT formulations. This blog will focus on CBT formulation for separation anxiety. 1. What is separation anxiety? Separation anxiety is a preoccupation with fears of being separated from a loved one whom the person has formed an attachment to, usually a caregiver or significant...

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How To Overcome Depression Without Medication

By Dr Martina Paglia | 25 January 2019

1. What is Behavioural Activation? Behavioural activation (BA) is a third generation approach of Cognitive BehaviourTherapy for treating low mood and depression. Behavioural Activation focuses on your present life and attempts to make subtle changes to your lifestyle. Behavioural activation theory indicates that much clinically relevant human behaviour is a function of positive reinforcement, and...

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Social Anxiety

By Mary Egan | 23 January 2019
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This in the fourth in a series of blog posts about CBT formulations. This blog will focus on CBT formulation for social anxiety. 1. What is social anxiety? Social anxiety is a preoccupation with being evaluated negatively by others. In order to meet formal diagnostic criteria for a social anxiety diagnosis, this must cause social...

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Health Anxiety

By Mary Egan | 18 January 2019

This in the third in a series of blog posts about CBT formulations. This blog will focus on CBT formulation for health anxiety. 1. What is health anxiety? Health anxiety is a preoccupation with health concerns, which may manifest as a conviction that one has a serious illness. In order to meet formal diagnostic criteria...

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5 Top Tips for Making Your Long Distance Relationship Work

By Dr Martina Paglia | 14 January 2019

People in long distance relationships often feel lonely, isolated and low in mood. A long distance relationship can be emotionally draining and difficult to maintain in the long term. Some people can develop long distance relationship depression as a result. Long distance relationships come with many challenges and it’s not easy for couples to cope...

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A Guide to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

By Dr Martina Paglia | 11 January 2019

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy? Cognitive behavioural therapy is a goal-orientated, short-term type of talking therapy that helps individuals identify and correct harmful thought patterns that can lead to conditions such as depression, anxiety, and a number of other psychological problems. What can be treated with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy? Cognitive behavioural therapy is considered an...

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression

By Mary Egan | 07 January 2019

This is the second in a series of blog posts about CBT formulations. This blog will focus on CBT formulation for depression. In the previous blog I discussed CBT formulation for anxiety. You can read the first article in this series here. 1. Predisposing factors Predisposing factors consist of childhood events that may increase vulnerability...

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5 Tips on How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

By Dr Martina Paglia | 26 December 2018

This is that time of year when we look back at the past 12 months and assess how we have been doing. We focus on what went well and what didn’t. Most of us set new year’s resolution. The new year bring a chance to do things differently and to change a little something about...

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