Author Archives: James Hardie

Ten Years On… The development, role & future of the Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology (CAAP)

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‘Metaphors for Life’ Podcast

Metaphors for Life Podcast – an invitation to consider your own experience of relating to thoughts, feelings and actions from a different perspective. Encouraging psychological flexibility with content inspired by the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). A collection of ideas, short stories, fables or parables designed to pose […]

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Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a problem to do with ‘Hair Pulling’ otherwise called “Trich”, “Tricho” or “TTM”. Some people define it as being a Body Focused Repetitive Behaviour, or an Impulse Control Disorder, for which Habit Reversal strategies can sometimes be helpful. Below are a set of videos from Youtube that illustrate some of the issues for people who […]

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Stress and life events

At different times in life our stress levels go up or come down. This natural ebb and flow is usually manageable. Sometimes life is OK, and sometimes things don’t go so well. When times are hard, one of the biggest contributing factors are stressful life events. In fact, in the 1970s a scale was developed […]

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Triple Column – CBT Thought Diary iPhone App Review

This is a very simple app that lets you create a list of unhelpful “automatic thoughts” that you might have. You can add an entry to the thought diary, type in the thought, label the cognitive distortion, and then input a rational response. You can then only really edit the entry, delete it, or view […]

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Moodkit Mood Improvement Tools iPhone app review

This app has some smart graphics and has a lot of good written content. The authors have also included a lot of background information about the contents, and the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach of this app. Each of the four main tools has a comprehensive outline, with perhaps overly detailed instructions for how to […]

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Introduction to Private Practice for Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology (CAAPs)

Working in Private Practice – What’s it like for Psychologists / Clinical Associates? Date & Time: Saturday, 10th December, 9:30am – 12:30pm Venue: Mulberry House, 21 Manor Place, Ediinburgh, EH3 7DX Cost: £10 (payable on the day by cash or cheque) An informal networking day where Psychologists working in Private Practice will share some of their […]

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Thought Diary CBT Worksheets

One of the fundamental techniques of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) relates to challenging unhelpful thoughts. This strategy requires the individual to recognise or identify an unhelpful thought, and then to test or evaluate that thought. Often a thought diary or thought record will be introduced for the unhelpful thought to be written down and processed. […]

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CBTReferee iPhone App Review

CBTReferee is an iPhone app that helps the user to record unhelpful thoughts, following a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach. This tool focuses on the thought diary element of the thought challenging exercise which is a common strategy in CBT interventions. I read some of the CBTReferee website before purchasing this app and I really […]

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Stress Control Classes

Stress Control classes were developed by Dr Jim White from the Glasgow Steps team. The course is designed to be delivered as a series of public lectures, and in Glasgow I understand that they have been able to get upwards of 100 attendees. The style of the Stress Control classes does not encourage questions from participants, […]

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