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Mental Health Blog of Dr Finian Fallon, Practice Manager of ABC Counselling and Psychotherapy. All views expressed here are that of Dr Fallon alone.

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Reflections on the Changing Direction TeleHealth Conference

Posted on 19 September, 2018 at 9:35 Comments comments (0)

I attended the Changing Direction conference on September 17 2018. The conference was initiated with efficiency by Minister Jim Daly and it was subtitled "Augmenting Mental Health Solutions through Digital Technology". I live-tweeted (@finianfallon) my attendance and posted highlights on my LinkedIn account . Here are a few brief reflections, very definitely written from my talk therapy lens, on the conference:

1. Minister Daly seemed certain that there would not be significant addition...

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The GRA Wellbeing Survey 2018

Posted on 29 August, 2018 at 6:55

I have recently completed a survey on behalf of the Garda Representative Association in Ireland which represents rank and file members of the Irish Police Force (An Garda Síochána). The survey received over two thousand responses and included the first large-scale assessment of trauma and PTSD prevalence among Irish police.

My findings suggest that one in six GRA members may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and that more than one in four members have significant symptoms of...

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The Challenge of Being Loved

Posted on 17 April, 2018 at 11:15

I sometimes hear people say that “you can’t be loved unless you love yourself”. I don’t agree. I have come across many examples in my work and in life where people with little, or not a lot of, love for themselves are able to find partners who love them more than they are able to love themselves. In these experiences, the continual drip, drip of being loved can have a cumulative and transformative effect. Relationships can be great places of healing for us all.

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Prosody - the Rhythm and Cadence of the Therapist's Voice

Posted on 20 March, 2018 at 11:20 Comments comments (0)

Prosody can be described as the cadence, rhythm or melody of a voice. Prosody is increasingly considered an important element of any therapist’s skill set, which can be taught or at least thought of in therapist training. Teaching and learning this skill is no different to the skill of summarizing, paraphrasing or asking questions. Authenticity in the use of such skills is at the root of their value.

There was a theory that our speech emerged in from the trilling of birds, our evo...

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Controversy about anti-depressant medication

Posted on 14 March, 2018 at 7:05 Comments comments (0)

We at ABC recognise the value of anti-depressants for getting some clients through difficult times. If someone is on medication, it is very important not to come off these suddenly without guidance from a medically trained doctor. However, a recent research study has generated a lot of disagreement about how safe these medications really are. Some researchers believe that they are safe, while others insist that they are much more dangerous than has been acknowledged. Some anti-depressant user...

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