Emma Dunn Counselling and psychotherapy

Thoughts and Anxiety -Using Psychotherapy and Mindfulness to alleviate fretful thinking

Thoughts and Anxiety Anxiety often manifests itself as poor eating, irritability due to poor sleep, and an inability to concentrate. First line treatment addresses these manifestations. Anxious people are encouraged to exercise to become physically tired; eat regular meals and to make lists  to feel less over- whelmed. These are useful for symptom alleviation but […]

Eating Disorders- Do you Recognise Physiological Hunger?

Prompted by Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015 Identifying the motivation behind our eating. Part 1 An article on ‘Anorexia’ and ‘Bulimia’ this isn’t for me? Stop a minute. This is not about these conditions. Both Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and Bulimia Nervosa (BN) are familiar terms to describe mental distress that has manifested as an altered […]

Lent. Why do we need to give up chocolate?

A debate; Why do we  give up pleasurable experiences for 40 days? I noticed something that made me curious today, the day before Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day). A debate, on social media, about what to give up for Lent. It struck me as interesting the need to give up something. Lent, traditionally is a period […]

Obesity; A Man-made Mess

Health Care Professionals must exhibit true empathy with their ‘over weight’ clients. Judgement and stigmatisation is not helpful. This blog is a personal reflection of the knowledge I hold regarding obesity and its treatment. Information I have gained as a dietitian and latterly a counsellor. Counsellors generally try to follow three core behaviours; empathy, unconditional […]

Counselling can be for anyone.

It is interesting how counselling is associated with mental ill health. Nick Clegg at the Liberal Democrats conference (2014) promised to increase spending on mental health, and there is frequent debate about putting mental health spending on a parity with that of physical health. I however, am not debating whether your mental health is sub-optimal […]

A Brief Demonstration of how Neuroscience Substantiates Counselling Practice

Eye contact in counselling;  An example of  when it might be one sided. Eye contact is often highlighted as an important part of engagement with an other. When I am counselling others my gaze is focused on the eyes of the person sitting in the other chair; ‘my client’. This is regardless of whether they […]

The Johari Window and Improving our Understanding of our Patients

Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in 1955 created this ‘Window’ concept to understand how individuals work  within teams and to improve productivity, communication and collaborative working. It is frequently used within counselling to explore self awareness. It is a metaphor for displaying ourselves, drawing on ideas of visibility and transparency as well as curtaining off areas […]

Is the medical model the right way to support people with long term medical conditions?

I am writing this as a concerned health professional with experience of the NHS for over two decades and also as a psychotherapist, with an appreciation of why individuals may behave contrary, to what might be thought of, as against their best interest. My thoughts are my own. I have used the term ‘patient’ reluctantly; […]

Overeating at Christmas- Enjoying the food that passes between your lips (Part 2)

Overeating at Christmas – Enjoying the food that passes between your lips (Part 2)

Temptation, too hard? So why not enjoy the food that passes your lips, eat less: enjoy more 1. Write down the consequences for you of losing control, eating too much. 2. Look at this constantly and be reminded how good you will feel if you avoid losing control. 3. Find an ally who can motivate […]

Overeating at Christmas- Noticing Temptation part 1

Overeating at Christmas – Noticing Temptation (Part 1)

I have always associated Christmas with indulgence, especially of food but as I have got older, alcohol too. It seems inevitable that my body, as much as I love and respect it, will become abused and treated with complacency. Why is it that our self control cannot withstand the indulgencies of Christmas? Or perhaps our […]