Blog

Welcome to the Blog of Dr Tom Barber and Dr Sandra Westland, lead therapists and counsellors at Colchester Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice. You will find below a variety of posts about many of the different kind of problems people bring to counselling and therapy. We hope you find some interesting articles that help you, and that you subscribe so you can be the first to receive our new posts.
What is Your Purpose?

What is Your Purpose?

Purpose and Life - from Healing from the Other Side by Dr Tom Barber and Dr Sandra Westland   When you think bout purpose, what comes to mind? The thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that people present to therapy, often makes the idea of personal freedom out of...

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Trauma and PTSD Uncovered

Trauma and PTSD Uncovered

A vast majority of people are exposed to trauma at some point in their life. In many cases this can lead to PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Do you suffer with eating issues or sleep disturbances, low energy, chronic or unexplained pain? Are you bursting into...

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How to Deal with Stress

How to Deal with Stress

The 5 early warning signs of stress Why you should know what to do when you are experiencing stress? Your body naturally responds to any kind of demand or threat that is perceived by you. It may be being over stretched at work, money worries, exam nerves, fear of...

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Self-Harming Isn’t Just Cutting

Self-Harming Isn’t Just Cutting

Johnny Depp, Russell Brand, Lindsay Lohan, and Drew Barrymore are just a few celebrity examples of people who have used self-harming in their past. Self-harm can be shocking for those who find out a friend, loved one or family member does this, and knowing what to do...

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New Years Eve. Happy or Hype?

New Years Eve. Happy or Hype?

Christmas is nearly over, New Years Eve is here and 2020 is soon upon us, and for many people it’s the one night of the year they love to celebrate. The party’s, the fireworks, the singing and dancing, the food, family and friends, all together to ‘let out the old and...

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What’s Your Purpose for Getting Up Each Morning?

What’s Your Purpose for Getting Up Each Morning?

What gets you up in the morning? What is your purpose in life? Have you ever been asked this? This is a classic job interview question looking to find out about you and whether you have a purpose. It’s designed to help the interviewer find out what motivates you both...

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Do you have Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)?

Do you have Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)?

At the heart of PTSD is a traumatic experience. The word trauma is derived from the Greek word meaning ‘wound’. It was likely first used in medicine around the seventeenth century referring to wounding (a tear) of the physical body, but now there is recognition of...

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