Do you feel under pressure to cope “well” during lockdown?

Dr Natalie Raiher, Chartered Psychologist and Clinic Director

Right now, we’re being besieged by information on how to cope. Or rather, how best to cope and be at our best while coping. We’re being told how to minimize anxiety, improve mood, keep families busy, learn to craft, exercise on sofas and cultivate […]

6 Practical Strategies for Coping with Social Distancing

Dr Natalie Raiher, Chartered Psychologist and Clinic Director

These are unprecedented times and everyone is experiencing an upsurge in fear, anxiety and uncertainty about the day ahead, let alone the longer-term future. I wanted to share with you as many practical tools and skills that I can to help you manage any symptoms of […]

2020-04-17T09:08:00+00:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Psychology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Firing ‘should’ and ‘must’: ending the tyranny of self-criticism

Dr Natalie Raiher, Chartered Psychologist and Clinic Director

Many of us harbour lists of punitive rules for ourselves. We’re not always aware of these insidious despots but are rather more aware of a pernicious sense of constantly failing in a world that vampirishly demands of us. This feedback loop makes for exhausted […]

2020-02-27T10:37:44+00:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Psychology|Tags: , , , , , |

Spotlight on Seasonal Affective Disorder (The Winter Blues)

Dr Natalie Raiher, Chartered Psychologist and Clinic Director

Many people experience a change in mood as the seasons turn, especially as the days start to shorten and the cold weather draws in. For many people, the winter blues are a familiar feeling but do pass or at least fluctuate. For some people, […]

2020-04-28T11:06:08+00:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Psychology|Tags: , , , , , , |

Overcoming insomnia – top tips for sleep

Dr Natalie Raiher, Chartered Psychologist

With more and more people struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep, perpetual tiredness and its fair friend ‘tired but wired’ are very common complaints. While sleep medications may offer short term relief, they don’t solve the problem, as very often falling asleep, staying asleep and enjoying replenishing […]

2018-11-10T17:37:11+00:00May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Psychology|Tags: , , , , , , |

Holiday hack – how to get away from should and must

Dr Natalie Raiher, Chartered Psychologist

There is a reason that so much satire and farce is set in vacation season, and that’s because right next to the sublime shores and long, lazy days, is the holiday alter-ego: the family tensions, inability to relax, or self-loathing in a swimsuit – often accompanied by […]

2018-12-18T09:48:34+00:00August 11th, 2017|Categories: Psychology|Tags: , , , , , |

Getting a handle on social media and self-esteem

Dr Natalie Raiher, Chartered Psychologist

The latest research is showing strong ties between social media use, anxiety and depression. One of the reasons for this is the inevitable self-comparison that goes along with scrolling through other people’s lives. In this piece, Dr Natalie Raiher discusses how to make yourself more resilient to a hashtagged […]

2018-12-12T10:31:14+00:00June 4th, 2017|Categories: Psychology|Tags: , , , |
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