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For the attention of our patients and colleagues

We would like to notify you of our current operational procedures in relation to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19 coronavirus.

We will be continuing our service as a phone-based operation and are looking to reassign all face to face appointments to a telephone consultation for the foreseeable future. This will include the cancellation of our courses and workshops. Whilst we are continuing to take referrals these will be online only and we are only able to offer telephone or other agreed digital platforms for assessment and treatment. During these unusual circumstances we apologise in advance for any extended wait times or delays.

Please follow our recommended link below for very sensible and straightforward advice from Cornwall Council about looking after your psychological wellbeing in the next few weeks.

https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/mental-health/coronavirus-and-mental-wellbeing/

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Blog Entries from April 2016

Do you have expectations that are unrealistic? The late psychologist, Albert Ellis, said, “there are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy." These expectations may look reasonable enough. However, if you hold them too tightly they really can hold you back.

Change is inevitable. It can also be unsettling. It is also part of life. Why do so many of us do get angry when things change? Firstly, change often take us by surprise. We aren’t ready for it. In the words of Baz Luhrmann, “The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind. The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday”.

Some people are really down on themselves. They seem to have a constant nagging voice that is always being self-critical or planting a seed of doubt in whatever they do. This constant doubting and self-denigration makes a person anxious and miserable.

In stressful moments we have no control over our racing heart, our surge in blood sugar, or the levels of stress hormones in our body. However, there are two things which can counteract the levels of anxiety which we do have control over. Firstly, taking slow, deep, ‘belly’ breaths can slow our body’s anxious state. The second thing we have control over is our smile.