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Protection from Disappointment?

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I am becoming more aware of how to avoid disappointment… This involves carefully noticing how others behave in relation to invitations, offers of help and support… I have stopped expecting people to be as I am – if I say I’m going to do something I will (exceptions being drastic unforeseen circumstances). Instead I now notice in a mindful way... View Article

Successful Outcomes for 1-2-1 Clients

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Having recently said a fond farewell to a number of my 1-2-1 clients I am reflecting on the process of new beginnings and inevitable endings. Yesterday I was having a conversation about psychotherapy and the co-dependent nature of client/therapist relationship, the client and therapist both benefit from the sessions, financially or emotionally or both. Traditional psychotherapy would be 3 sessions... View Article

What if?

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What if the values you hold dear are usurped by your need to generate income, feed your family, your physical desires or are secondary to achieving status? How do we combat the dehumanisation of what we are exposed to through the media, the way we watch war, destruction and devastation of communities through natural disasters, crime and disconnection? I have... View Article

Steps to a better life?

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I have a bugbear about ‘steps’, ‘frameworks’, ‘essentials’ and ‘one size fits all’ approaches to changing your life/career etc for the better. Part of this stems from my witnessing a friend be a guinea pig for a life coach who then used my friends changes as an example of how her approach works which was entirely different to what actually... View Article

Mindfulness Drop-in Sessions

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Starting this Friday lunchtime Urban Woot is hosting a mindfulness drop-in session at lunchtime. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, regular practice helps reduce stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours. These sessions provide a taste of mindfulness through simple guided practice in a welcoming and friendly space. Sessions are 40 minutes in length and a... View Article

Love & Sex – Neurochemistry, Romantic & Companionate Love, and how to keep your relationship & sex life fresh.

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Following on from our last workshop, in this one we will focus on: The neurobiology of love and pleasure. Romantic & Companionate Love. Countering Adaptation, keeping your relationship and sex lives fresh. This will be a safe place to talk openly about sex, ask questions, test ideas, share your confusion and learning.  I’m looking forward to it. (This is a... View Article

What does religion/spirituality have to offer to modern urban life?

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Many Londoners associate the religious or spiritual life with out-dated traditions of our grandparents and ancient steeples in the countryside—a relic of the past that is of not much relevance to busy city people in the 21st century. However, empirical research repeatedly chronicles benefits of religious activities on measures of physical and psychological health. In this talk I will summarise... View Article

Go Luck Yourself!

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Dr Matthew Smith leads us on a journey through a range of psychological research that suggests that ‘luck’ may not be the uncontrollable beast it first appears! By rethinking what luck is, is it possible to tame it… and even learn to be lucky?     Dr Matthew Smith Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Buckinghamshire New University,... View Article

The Midas Touch

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The city is full of opportunities to touch and we avoid it, stigma and moral panic create boundaries and barriers to platonic social touch. We are rammed up against each other on commuter trains, buses and tubes. Swerving out of the way as we launch ourselves through hoards of people on the high street, everything is about avoiding. How often... View Article

VIGOUR – Let’s get physical!

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Everyone knows that physical activity is important, how we get active, stay active, increase or reduce our physical activity impacts on our well-being. Find out the science behind how to feel vibrant, alive and increase your emotional and physical well-being. Dr Kate Hefferon Kate is a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of East London. Kate graduated from... View Article