The Effect of Medical Diagnoses on Mental Health

2023-11-30T10:53:28+02:00November 30th, 2023|Interns|

Going through life, many people don’t give a second thought about getting sick or being diagnosed with a life-altering disease or medical disorder. Many people think they are healthy, doing everything right, so why would they be part of the world population that is classified as ill? At some point, they go for a

Childhood Trauma and The Effects on Adult Life

2023-11-30T10:12:49+02:00November 1st, 2023|Interns|

Childhood is often associated with fond memories of delight, purity and joy. It is a period that is often identified by safety, feeling cherished and shielded by one’s family (parents). These connections often form the baseline for establishing secure and strong bonds within the future. On the other hand, many children experience a childhood

The Importance of Self-Awareness in a Counsellor’s Abilities to Empower and Promote Personal Growth

2023-11-01T11:59:44+02:00November 1st, 2023|Interns|

Self-awareness entails the ability to recognize one's thoughts, emotions, self-perceptions, and physiological responses and comprehend their influence on one's behaviour. Additionally, it involves the capacity to identify one's strengths, weaknesses, and approach life with confidence and a growth mindset. The significance of personal growth and self-awareness should always be recognised as essential in the field

Mindfulness versus Cognitive Therapy for Depression

2023-11-01T11:34:46+02:00November 1st, 2023|Interns|

Mindfulness is a useful addition or alternative to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) when treating depression and is largely based on Buddhist and other religious practices. It was introduced by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1990, and there is currently a lot of evidence to support the efficacy of the use of mindfulness, among other third-wave approaches to

The Smoke Clears: Navigating the Mental Health Maze of Adolescent Cannabis Use in South Africa

2023-10-27T09:46:25+02:00October 27th, 2023|Interns|

Cannabis remains one of the most widely used psychoactive substances globally, with adolescents being one of the most susceptible demographics. In South Africa, cannabis is particularly prevalent, where it is commonly known as "dagga." Given the recent legislative changes decriminalizing personal cannabis use and cultivation for adults, there is a growing need to examine the

WORKING WITH COUPLES 5: Managing Conflict (Part 3)

2023-10-23T11:30:08+02:00October 23rd, 2023|Lecturers|

This is the fifth article on communication in marriages and relationships. We once more focus on the destructive patterns in dealing with conflict and find a way forward in addressing them. We are again reminded that conflict is inevitable in all close relationships, also that we are friends not enemies; we must check how we

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