Mar 9

Online Depression Test

The following free depression test is based on the nine-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ9), one of the most commonly-used tools used to measure symptoms and severity of depression.

Completing the test can help you get a better idea of whether you might need help for depression.

Choose one answer for each of the questions below. Be sure to answer all of the questions.

We do not keep a record of the results or any identifying information.

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things





2. Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless





3. Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much





4. Feeling tired or having little energy





5. Poor appetite or overeating





6. Feeling bad about yourself – or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down





7. Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television





8. Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed? Or the opposite – being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual





9. Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way





Jul 27

EMDR Therapy

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensistation and Reprocessing. EMDR therapy is a form is a psychological treatment.

When administered by an appropriately trained and experience therapist, it can enable people to deal with the symptoms and emotional distress (like anxiety, sleeplessness, panic attacks and depression) that are the result of traumatic life experiences.

Jul 14

Mindfulness for New Mothers

Mindfulness for New MumsMindfulness can help new mothers to cope…

The birth of a baby is momentous and joyful on many levels. However for many mothers it can also be overwhelming and stressful as they learn the ropes of looking after a newborn baby. There is also the process of adjusting to the loss of pre-baby freedom as women find themselves more restrained by the responsibilities of looking after a baby. Loneliness, monotony and tiredness due to interrupted sleep can lead to feelings of stress and frustration as mothers feel they are struggling to live up to the “ideal” mother stereotype. So how can mindfulness help new mothers to cope with these issues?

Jul 14

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and How Does it Work?

Cognitive Behaviour TherapyWhat is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely used psychological therapies. It focuses on the way people think, feel and act to help them overcome their emotional and behavioural problems.

CBT aims to alleviate people’s symptoms and distress as quickly as possible and prevent problems from recurring by:

  • Training them to identify unhelpful thought patterns, perceptions and behaviours
  • Helping them develop flexible, non-extreme and self-helping thoughts, beliefs and behaviours, and
  • Providing them with knowledge, skills and strategies that can be used to prevent recurrences of their problems and apply them to other challenges in life.