Last week we looked at the best advice I've been given in my time as a clinical psychologist. But that advice has been balanced with some things that I don't feel are as helpful, so here are my thoughts on the worst advice I've been given as a clinical psychologist.
It's fast coming up to the time of year where bright-eyed postgraduates with big dreams of changing the world start their Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training courses. Inspired by that fact, I thought I'd do a post of some of the best advice I've been given over my years as a clinical psychologist.
Every time I tell someone that I work with people who have chronic pain, they want to know exactly what that means. I've been taking my time writing this blog post because it's complicated, but I think everyone should know about chronic pain whether they have it or not. Read on to find out what it is.
Most people have heard of PTSD, but might not know what it is or how to manage it. Similarly, lots of us have heard of PTSD 'triggers', and of some of the symptoms of PTSD. I'm going to break it all down for you in this post, so that it's clear what PTSD is and how you might help someone who is struggling.
Being around others is amazing, but being alone can also be great. This week's blog post is about solitude, and why being alone for a while is a good way to recharge and refocus. Read on to find out how you can do just that.
As a psychologist, I often hear lots of misconceptions about therapy and about what I do. Read on to look at some of these misconceptions, and how things actually are if you decide to have therapy.
Relationships are tricky. From friendships to work acquaintances to romantic relationships, it can feel impossible to avoid people at times, and we all want to just get along. Here are three tips to keep your relationships healthy.
I hate to tell you this, but you're not perfect. Neither am I, however much I might like to be. This week I'm talking about perfectionism - what it is, and how you can manage it so that it has less of an impact on you.
It's mental health awareness week! This year's theme is "body image - how we think and feel about our bodies". This is a topic that comes up time and again in my work, and I wanted to use the opportunity to think about how we think about ourselves when something goes wrong with our body. When we feel like it's letting us down.
As I've previously mentioned on this blog, I'm a runner. I started running properly in 2017 after a couple of previous shaky attempts, and since then I think it's taught me a few things both about myself, and about mental health in general. This post is about what I've learned from running.
Dr Sarah Blackshaw: Clinical Psychologist, blogger, tea drinker, interested in dinosaurs and shiny objects