Entries by Blake Boland

The Importance of making your own choices

As an experienced therapist, I have noticed how vital independent decision making is to self-esteem, self-development and successfully achieving life goals. For those first attending therapy, decision making may not be foremost on their mind. The process of making our own decisions allows for a broader view of ourselves and our capacity to take charge […]

9 Tips for maintaining a healthy work-life balance

Time management Prioritise your time. If you have a to-do list that is just getting too out of hand, split them into groups. Start with what is crucial and important. Then move onto what’s important but not crucial and so on. Slowly but surely you will chip away at your tasks and won’t feel so […]

Art Psychotherapy

Art Psychotherapy Art Psychotherapy is a relatively recent development. Here at Bath Avenue, we are delighted to be able to offer it as a service. The therapeutic effects of making art have long been known. Recently, it is being used by qualified psychotherapists to help individuals with the issues that they are facing in their […]

Self Esteem – Part 2

Self-Esteem – Part 2 Identity and Belonging In the last blog (Self-Esteem) we looked at what self-esteem is and how to recognise it in yourself and those around you. Today in Self-Esteem – Part 2, we begin to look at nurturing a healthy self-esteem in yourself and your children.

Self Esteem

Self-Esteem Signs of healthy and unhealthy Self-Esteem A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself – Alexandre Dumas This is the first post in a series looking at healthy and unhealthy self-esteem. This time, we are considering what self-esteem is […]

Back to School

Back to school One of the busiest times of the year for parents in Ireland is in full swing now, getting the kids back to school. The holiday in Spain seems like a distant memory, and the evenings are starting to close in. Our thoughts have turned to traffic jams, school uniforms, the book-list handed […]

Stopping negative thoughts in their tracks

Stopping Negative Thoughts in their Tracks   Negative thoughts can contribute to anxiety, stress and depression as well as a host of other issues. If not dealt with, they can fester in the mind and exacerbate the various difficulties in our daily lives. The vast majority of us have had them at some stage. They […]

Stress and Anxiety

Stress and Anxiety Following on from last week’s blog about stress, this week we’re looking at a point that we touched on very briefly – Stress and Anxiety. We wrote about the Automatic Nervous System and how our bodies’ responses are activated unconsciously in a threatening situation. If we hear a loud noise, our muscles […]

Stress in a ‘switched on’ world

Stress in a ‘switched on’ world Stress affects everyone in some shape or form. This is not always a bad thing as some stress can be beneficial. Consider the sportsperson that is stepping onto the field. A certain level of stress elevates their ability to concentrate and react. Even in our general lives, without stress […]

Parenting and Child Development in the Modern Age

Parenting and Child Development can be one of the most wonderful experiences in life. Parenting and Child Development is also one of the greatest challenges. There is a myriad of decisions to be taken, and it is hard to know if we’re making the right ones. The element of surprise also faces us each and […]