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When should I see a Psychologist or Counselor?

 Why now? One of the first questions I ask people who come to see me at their first appointment, is “why now?”. Often people struggle for a long time before they seek professional support. And sometimes there is a clear event that leads people to make an appointment....

Who is the best psychologist in Dubai?

Who is the Best Psychologist in Dubai? Who is the Best Counselor in Dubai? It's always interesting to me to think what people type into Google when they are looking for psychological support. Assuming they have reached the point that would like some assistance, do...

Self-criticism: why we do it and how not to

Like many aspects of our seemingly irrational selves, the basis can often make perfect sense. Self-criticism and self-blame are at the heart of many of our negative thoughts and have an impact on self-esteem and in turn our ability to tackle challenges and setbacks...

Our Musings

Many of us face challenges with our mental health, keeping us from being our best selves.  Treatment isn’t always required. This blog is dedicated to the notion that many of us can respond to those challenges with just the slightest degree of guidance and support. While we at Vivamus specialise in providing psychological support for a range of mental health issues, this blog is dedicated to helping you rise to your own particular challenges. 

When should I see a Psychologist or Counselor?

 Why now? One of the first questions I ask people who come to see me at their first appointment, is “why now?”. Often people struggle for a long time before they seek professional support. And sometimes there is a clear event that leads people to make an appointment....

Who is the best psychologist in Dubai?

Who is the Best Psychologist in Dubai? Who is the Best Counselor in Dubai? It's always interesting to me to think what people type into Google when they are looking for psychological support. Assuming they have reached the point that would like some assistance, do...

Self-criticism: why we do it and how not to

Like many aspects of our seemingly irrational selves, the basis can often make perfect sense. Self-criticism and self-blame are at the heart of many of our negative thoughts and have an impact on self-esteem and in turn our ability to tackle challenges and setbacks...

The importance of soft toys

  If you've ever wondered why children form such a strong attachment to soft toys, psychologists can shed light on this universal phenomenon. In a nutshell, creating and later internalising a compassionate other helps us tackle relationship and life challenges as...

Uncertainty and Worrying Well

As life marches on, we often experience much change and uncertainty, especially in a transient city such as Dubai. Tolerating uncertainty and frequent change can be challenging. I share below the biological reasons we find uncertainty difficult and I offer some...

Just as you are

  A very happy and healthy 2018 to you and your family. I love new year. I don’t like the crowds and the fuss and the hoo ha, and I loathe new year resolutions. But I do love to reflect on the year that’s gone and to feel grateful for the people I cherish, and to...

Coping with grief at Christmas

Big festivals without loved ones can be really painful... Especially at first. I’m hoping the following tips might help you deal with Christmas when someone's missing. Manage your expectations. Don’t expect Christmas to be the same; it will be different. Change things...

Different birth plans please.

Hmm, I’m not sure I like birth plans... I’m all for planning, and I’m a big fan of thinking through a situation and imagining how you might respond in various scenarios. This is an excellent coping strategy for anticipating an event and gaining confidence in one’s own...

Coping with PTSD symptoms

Dealing with PTSD symptoms yourself The main factor that keeps PTSD symptoms going is avoiding thinking about the event. It’s entirely understandable that people should not want to think about what happened. It’s unpleasant, can be terrifying and can lead to symptoms...

Does time heal?

Sometimes. In fact, in most cases, the brain can make sense of the event itself, assimilating the event with pre-existing experiences and making sense of what happened. This is why professionals do not diagnose PTSD within the first 4 weeks of the trauma....

Abnormal Events

Normal responses to an abnormal event: When a traumatic event occurs, a certain set of responses tend to follow. Avoidance Firstly, you may find yourself avoiding reminders of the event. This could include avoiding certain people or places and trying not to think...

Rockstars

My patients never cease to amaze me. I’ve just finished skyping with a client I had the privilege to work with a couple of years ago, soon after she experienced an awful event. She’s so incredible! Something terrible happened to her. Yet the strength, determination...

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