Entries by Bonnie Sturrock

Stress – Friend not Foe

Stress is a common part of life, and fully understanding how your body responds in stress and thoughts relating to it can be helpful. Kelly McGonigal’s (Health Psychologist) TED Talk “How to Make Stress Your Friend” https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend#t-806317 introduces how thoughts relate to stress and their impact on the body. Stress can result in sweaty palms, […]

“Radically accept” – Am I ready for this?

The term “radical acceptance” is a concept that can be easily understood by clients, but more difficult to put into practice. The concept is not new; however, has risen in popularity as a result of the development of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in the early 1990s. Marsha Linehan, theorist and clinician, describes radical acceptance as […]

Girl Stuff – Kaz Cooke

“The Rough Guide to Girl Stuff” is packed with everything a girl needs to know to get her through the teen years. From friends, body changes, clothes school stress, exercise and sex to smoking, embarrassment, dieting, guys, drinking, drugs and heartbreak. Not to mention how to beat bullies and mean girls, earn money, find new […]

Real Gorgeous – Kaz Cooke

A hilarious and empowering book for girls and women who are insecure about their body image. Take it from Kaz Cooke: “There are millions of gorgeous body shapes. Yours is one of them. Dieting doesn’t work. Your thighs are pretty cute. Exercise should be fun not duty. Cheap cosmetics can be as good as expensive […]

The Culture of “Selfies” – Good or Bad?

Dr BA Sturrock, MAPS Clinical Psychologist  “Selfies” are what urban folk refer to as taking photos of the self that are often sent to known others or posted in online social networking pages. Documenting one’s life through virtual images appears to be overwhelmingly accepted in today’s society and is an important part of many people’s […]

The Family Guide to Mental Health Care – Lloyd I Sederer

Expert advice from the medical director of the country’s largest state mental health system and the mental health editor ofThe Huffington Post. More than fifty million people a year are diagnosed with some form of mental illness. It spares no sex, race, age, ethnicity, or income level. And left untreated, mental disorders can devastate our families and […]

Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need for Control – Pavel G Somov

While there’s no doubt that setting high standards for yourself is a good thing, you’ve probably already noticed that perfectionism can come at a high price. And when you take steps to try to change, it’s easy to beat yourself up and fall into the same traps that keep you feeling stressed and disappointed. This […]