Rebecca Syndrome

Rebecca Syndrome is an alternative name for Retroactive Jealousy, and it describes the problem people have who have become fixated upon their partners’ previous partners. Rebecca Syndrome is an obsessional problem.  The key to unlocking the problem and being able … Read more

Individuation

Individuation is a term that is linked with Jungian psychology. It refers to the process of becoming one’s self, to becoming whole and distinct as opposed to being part of the collective. Individuation is a key concept in Jung’s contribution … Read more

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Walking On Eggshells

“I know I have spent a lot of time walking on eggshells.  I recognise the signs.  I can almost hear them crunching under my feet.   I don’t want to live like this anymore.  I want to change things but I’m … Read more

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Emotional Dysregulation

Emotional dysregulation is a term that describes problems maintaining emotional equilibrium or mood. In most cases, this is a product of events and is an indicator that at an earlier period, someone has lived through trauma, often repeated trauma, which … Read more

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Boundaries in Counselling

When there are no clear boundaries, our relationships, responsibilities and psychologies can become confused. As a consequence it can become hard to know what we are supposed to do for other people or what we should expect from them, and … Read more

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Psychodynamic Counselling

What is Psychodynamic Counselling? Psychodynamic counselling considers the mind or psyche as dynamic, one force working upon another which in turn produces different forces.  These psychological dynamics shape our thoughts, our views about the world, which in turn shape the … Read more

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Agitated Depression

Agitated depression is a type of depression that involves symptoms like restlessness and anger. People who experience this type of depression usually don’t feel lethargic or slowed down, instead, they feel a combination of depression and anxiety. It may be more helpful … Read more

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Boarding School Syndrome and Attachment Theory

It used to be the view that going through a tough boarding school education was character-building. Now we are more considered about the longer-term impact of separation and of the professional care that children receive. What is Boarding School Syndrome? … Read more

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Only Child Syndrome

There is a stereotype that only children, children without siblings, fail to develop the ordinary social bonds and attachments that children with siblings do. The reality is more nuanced. It does not follow that children with siblings are automatically more … Read more

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Vulnerable Narcissist

Narcissistic issues cover a range of experiences and presentations. A vulnerable narcissist tends to be particularly insecure, sensitive to rejection, and is likely to require a high level of validation from other people. It is important to keep in min … Read more

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