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Childhood Emotional Neglect

What is Childhood Emotional Neglect

While not an official diagnosis, Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) is becoming a more common term within the psychological sphere. It is different from childhood abuse in that there is no overt trauma, no physical involvement, no verbal abuse and name…

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How to Develop a Self-Compassionate Response

Self-esteem is built on a sense of compassion towards ourselves. When you can understand and accept yourself, you can see yourself clearly and stop rejecting parts of yourself or repeatedly criticize yourself for perceived inadequacies. When you make a mistake,…

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Toxic Parents

How to Deal With Toxic parents

Many people grow up in families with less than ideal parenting. While abusive parental behaviour is relatively easy to identify, often the emotional damage may come from less obvious behaviours such as parental neglect, unrealistic or developmentally inappropriate expectations put…

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Boundary Setting

How To Say NO

Saying No is one of the main ways through which we delineate and maintain our personal boundaries. The concept that we can refuse something is central to maintaining healthy relationships and to our understanding of what we are and aren’t…

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Breaking Out of the Relationship Triangle

Very often clients come in to deal with relationship difficulties. Even though we obviously cannot do relationship counselling when there is only one individual in the room, there are many things we can discuss about the nature of relationships, communication…

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Interview With Krasi Kirova

Interview for the Wattletree Psychology website

My friend and fellow psychologist Kerry Athanasiadis recently interviewed me for the Wattletree Psychology blog. In the interview we talked about my journey to the profession of psychology, developing a strong interest in domestic violence and abuse in relationships, and…

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Power Of Guilt

The Destructive Power of Guilt

Guilt is one of several basic emotions (like anger, shame, sadness, love etc.) that all of us are wired to experience because it serves an important function. Typically, we would experience guilt in the following situations: Doing or thinking something…

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