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    At Psychology Chartered, we understand that being asked to undergo a psychological assessment can be daunting. If you or a family member have been instructed by a solicitor or medical professional to undergo such an assessment, we encourage you to watch this video in the hope it will provide you with more information and alleviate any concerns you may have. Should you have any questions, please call us on 02392 377399.


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    Have you ever wondered what it can be like hear voices? Rethink Mental Illness has worked with people who have experienced this to show what it can be like and improve understanding of what living with a condition like schizophrenia can be like.

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    Headway - A Simple Solution

    This video by brain injury charity Headway – the brain injury association highlights the difficulties faced by many brain injury survivors in everyday life.

    The Headway Brain Injury Identity Card is designed to help police officers and staff more easily identify brain injury survivors and ensure that they receive an appropriate response and support.

    The card can also provide brain injury survivors with added confidence in everyday social scenarios.

    Each card is personalised, helping the card holder to explain the effects of their brain injury and request any support they may need.

    Visit for more information and to apply for a card.

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    My Work Experience Journey at Psychology Chartered

    Tom has recently completed a two week work experience placement with us at Psychology Chartered. Find out how Tom got on and what activities/projects he was involved in as well as hear his advice for fellow students wishing to secure work experience. Great work with this vlog Tom! We wish you every success for the future.

    If you are interested in finding out about work experience opportunities we have available at Psychology Chartered then please contact our Assistant Psychologist Paul Walshe at

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    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy metaphor introducing the concept of willingness. Video by Joe Oliver.

    How do we respond to unwanted feelings or emotions? Does attempting to forcibly push them out out mind or avoiding them work long term? What if we made a conscious effort to accept things just as they are? What if we chose to respond in a different way that allowed us to appreciate those things in life that are important to us and allow us to live by our values?


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    The Mindful Way through Depression - Williams, Teasdale, Segal & Kabat-Zinn

    This authoritative, easy-to-use self-help program is based on methods clinically proven to reduce the recurrence of depression. Revealing the hidden psychological mechanisms that cause chronic unhappiness, the authors gently guide readers through a series of exercises designed to break the mental habits that lead to despair. With an accompanying CD of guided meditations this is a complete package for anyone looking to regain a sense of balance and contentment.

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    The Selfish Pig’s Guide To Caring: How to cope with the emotional and practical aspects of caring for someone – Hugh Marriott

    The Selfish Pig's Guide To Caring

    This is a must-read for anyone involved with caring.  Oddly, though carers by definition are anything but selfish pigs, they are liable to feelings of guilt, probably brought on by fatigue and isolation. So Hugh Marriott has written this book for them – and also for the rest of us who don’t know what being a carer is all about. His aim is bring into the open everything he wishes he’d been told when he first became a carer. And he does. The book airs such topics as sex, thoughts of murder, and dealing with the responses of friends and officials who fail to understand.

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    A Terrible Thing Happened - Margaret Holmes & Cary Pillo

    This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode. An afterword by Sasha J. Mudlaff written for parents and other caregivers offers extensive suggestions for helping traumatized children, including a list of other sources that focus on specific events.

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    The Way Out Of Your Prison - Dorothy Rowe

    The Way Out of Your Prison gives us a way of understanding our depression which matches our experience and which enables us to take charge of our life and change it. Dorothy Rowe shows us that depression is not an illness or a mental disorder but a defence against pain and fear, which we can use whenever we suffer a disaster and discover that our life is not what we thought it was.

    Depression is an unwanted consequence of how we see ourselves and the world. By understanding how we have interpreted events in our life we can choose to change our interpretations and thus create for ourselves a happier, more fulfilling life.

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    Understanding Obsessions and Compulsions – Frank Tallis

    People suffering from some degree of obsessive compulsive disorder may be embarrassed by their symptoms and not present themselves for treatment. This book, therefore, attempts to provide a comprehensive guide to self-help, explaining the principles of anxiety reduction, giving treatment instructions in easy-to-understand language. It covers compulsive checking, washing, hoarding, obsessional thoughts and worry, obsessional personality and depression.

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    Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions - Edna Foa & Reid Wilson

    Foa and Wilson, internationally renowned authorities on the treatment of anxiety disorders, share their scientifically based and clinically proven self-help program that has already allowed thousands of men and women with OCD to enjoy a life free from excessive worries and rituals.

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    Feel the Fear and Beyond – Susan Jeffers

    This is a companion to Jeffers’ best seller Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway which also stands alone as a must have for facing life at the end of the twentieth century and beyond. Filled with valuable exercises, it is designed to teach us that we can handle whatever life brings us in a powerful and life-affirming way.

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    Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers

    Internationally renowned author Susan Jeffers has helped millions of people to overcome their fears and heal the pain in their lives with her simple but profound advice. Such fears may include:

    public speaking; asserting yourself; making decisions; intimacy; changing jobs; being alone; ageing; driving; losing a loved one; ending a relationship.

    But whatever your anxieties, Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway®will give you the insight and tools to vastly improve your ability to handle any given situation. You will learn to live your life the way you want – so you can move from a place of pain, paralysis, depression and indecision to one of power, energy, enthusiasm and action.

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    Head Injury (The Facts) – Audrey Daisley, Rachel Tams & Udo Kischka

    This book begins with essential information about head injury including basic knowledge about the brain and how it is damaged. The book goes on to explore typical problems associated with a head injury and how to cope with specific issues. The third section provides support and guidance about how to deal with the long term consequences of a head injury, including information on where to find further support. Head Injury: The Facts is a family guide to understanding and coping with the practical and emotional problems that head injury brings.

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    Head Injury: A Practical Guide (Speechmark Editions) - Trevor Powell

    Written for professionals, families and carers; this book uncovers the psychological, social, behavioural and emotional problems caused by head injury. It provides information, research and personal experiences as well as advice and guidance on coping with the difficulties associated with head injury. Addressing a variety of issues, such as medical problems, rehabilitation, returning to work, adjustment for individuals and their families, this book is an important resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the realities of life after a head injury.