The Effect of Medical Diagnoses on Mental Health

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

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

Childhood Trauma and The Effects on Adult Life

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

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

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

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

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

Mindfulness versus Cognitive Therapy for Depression

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

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

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

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

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

Understanding and Addressing Anger Issues in Children and Teens

Anger is a natural human emotion, and experiencing it from time to time is a common part of life. However, when anger becomes uncontrollable, frequent, and disrupts daily functioning, it may indicate an anger issue that needs attention. Children and teenagers, in particular, can struggle with managing their anger due to the challenges of emotional

2023-09-12T13:34:18+02:00September 12th, 2023|Interns|

The Concept of the Inner Child and How to Heal It

In my counselling journey so far, I have noticed that a lot of the people that I see are still holding on to a lot of the painful experiences they had in their childhood. These past childhood experiences can have very destructive effects on peoples’ present lives. The inner child is seen as “the core

2023-09-12T12:33:37+02:00September 12th, 2023|Interns|
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