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What to Expect: Getting Help from Balanced Minds

What to Expect: Getting Help from Balanced Minds

When it comes to the treatment of psychological difficulties, there is an often complicated and overwhelming wealth of literature regarding what does and doesn’t work. One thing is for certain, however, the way we treat ourselves and others struggling with psychological distress can have a huge impact in and outside of a therapeutic setting. Compassion, when it comes to psychological difficulties such as depression and anxiety, is a approach for any psychologist, psychotherapist, counsellor, or individual. Understanding how to instil a self- compassionate mindset into our clients and ourselves can change the lives of those around us. By undertaking Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), with Balanced Minds, whether in Edinburgh, London or online - you will, with the help of our talented and experienced team, learn how to find helpful ways to alleviate the difficulties you face. Developing self-compassion can feel a bit scary at first, especially when we are struggling with psychological distress, which is why having therapy with an experienced, supportive therapist is important.  We’re here to help you with this, and to help you on your journey in developing your compassionate minds. Balanced Minds If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the possibility of compassion orientated therapy in London or Edinburgh, get in touch online today by filling out our enquiry form.
The New App for Self-Compassion

The New App for Self-Compassion

Discover the happier, calmer, and more connected you with The Self-Compassion App - designed to be a supportive, informative and transformative guide, accessible any time your phone is with you! 28 Short Sessions On the app you will find 28 short sessions which contain advice from the experts on Compassion Focused Therapy. These specialised sessions will help walk you through difficult emotions and encourage you to embrace those feelings of love and kindness. You can download the app today and start your journey towards a more compassionate life.  Research suggests that use of the app results in significant reductions in stress, anxiety, and self-criticism, as well as increases in self-compassion and wellbeing. Compassion Focused Therapy In addition to the Self-Compassion App, Balanced Minds also offer Compassion Focused Therapy from our centres in Edinburgh and London, and also online.  Compassion Focused Therapy, or CFT, is a process in which a trained therapist will assist you in cultivating compassion towards the self. One way to think about this is treating yourself as somebody in your life that you love and appreciate, such as a close friend or family member. Contact Us You can download the app here. If you would like to get in touch regarding Compassion Focused Therapy in London, Edinburgh or online, contact us today on info@balancedminds.com.
Cultivating a Healthy Sense of Self

Cultivating a Healthy Sense of Self

It is important to be compassionate, not just to others but ourselves too, and in doing so we can begin to cultivate a healthy sense of self. A compassionate understanding of who we are, what we do, and what we are capable of, is necessary to ensuring that going forward we can enter all situations at peace with the knowledge of how we are interacting with the world. Many people misconstrue self-compassion and a healthy sense of self with being overly confident or cocky. This couldn’t be further from the truth. By understanding ourselves, and in turn others, through the lens of compassion, we can better understand the human condition as one which is at times messy, and awkward, and not often because of personal flaws or any ingrained, inbuilt faults. At Balanced Minds, our therapists in London and Edinburgh place a large emphasis on the worth of Compassion Focussed Therapy, or CFT, as a way in which to tackle sometimes complex issues by first ensuring that we can do so with an attitude for one’s inherent self-worth. CFT is gaining popularity globally and is proving fantastic when it comes to dealing with common life problems, distresses, and mental health problems. A healthy sense of self is important because it will allow you to appreciate your circumstances and life experiences for what they are, allowing you to grow from them and keep moving forward. Contact Us If you are interested in developing self-compassion, especially in relation to any issues you may have, contact us today on.
The Role of Compassion in Recovering from Trauma

The Role of Compassion in Recovering from Trauma

Compassion is a powerful tool for therapists as whole, but also people in general. Compassion can turn a bad day into a good day, a terrible week into one that looks better than the last. Compassion Focussed Therapy has proven to have powerful and lasting results for clients looking to treat the damage caused by their traumatic life experiences. Defining Trauma Extreme negative life experiences can sometimes result in one feeling traumatised. This trauma is often life-altering and lasting. Trauma is categorised as either Big T or Small t trauma, and whichever category your experience falls into relates to the nature of what you were subjected to. As a result, traumatic experiences can span from the death of a pet to sexual assault and serious injury. Trauma can commonly cause intense, unwarranted feelings of shame and self-criticism, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Compassion Focussed Therapy Based in London and Edinburgh, our therapists have years of experiencing treating people experiencing a range of difficulties, a lot of the time involving trauma of some degree or other. Compassion, in relation to Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), is the act of being compassionate towards ourselves and others when it comes to the difficulties we experience, and in doing so learning how to alleviate the suffering that they cause, on whatever level that may be. Other Therapeutic Approaches Our therapists in Edinburg and London also have experience in cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy, amongst more. This ensures that we are well-equipped to help tackle a plethora of complex issues. Balanced Minds Contact the team at Balanced Minds for more information by emailing  info@balancedminds.com or use our self-referral form today.
The Importance of Cultivating Self-Compassion

The Importance of Cultivating Self-Compassion

In a world so readily available, so well connected, it is easy to neglect what it is that we actually need. Whilst many people are able to turn their compassion outwards, we tend to find it harder to giver ourselves the care and attention required in order to thrive. Paul Gilbert, one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, suggests two key parts: noticing and engaging in our distress, and taking wise action to reduce this. Possibly the most positive effect of self-compassion is on mental health and wellbeing. It can be difficult to allow oneself to feel self-compassion when it is often mistakenly linked to self-pity, especially after a traumatic experience. Therapists are, however, focussing more on this area, as the results speak for themselves. When self-compassion is present, it can be much easier to face and deal with unhappy or traumatic memories, as well as life circumstances. Exercises There are a number of practical steps you can take from your own home, such as self-exploration through writing, keeping a self-compassion journal, taking care of the caregiver, or embarking on a journey of recovery by referring yourself to Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT). Balanced Minds, for example, offer therapy and counselling in London and Edinburgh. Booking a session with us is as easy as filling out our online booking form. We also offer a short, online evidenced based self-compassion course that can be access here. Self-compassion and self-kindness can positively impact on so many aspects of our life, helping us to manage difficulties that we face and improve our relationships with others.  Separating the idea of self-compassion from common myths about it (e.g. that it’s selfish or like self-pity) can be an integral first step, acknowledging that regardless of feelings of guilt and shame, we can learn to change the type of relationship with ourselves in order to become our best self. Whether that starts in counselling out of our centres in Edinburgh and London, or through one of the other steps looked at above, give yourself the physical and mental room to be more compassionate to yourself.