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Wellbeing

Videos

  • TED Talk: How mindfulness changes the emotional life of our brains | Richard J. Davidson (2019)
    • Dr Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr Davidson is also the Founder of Healthy Minds Innovations, which translates science into tools to cultivate and measure well-being. In this eye-opening talk, Richard Davidson discusses how mindfulness can improve well-being and outlines strategies to boost four components of a healthy mind: awareness, connection, insight, and purpose.


Books

  • The Road Less Traveled | M. Scott Peck (1978)
    • Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, The Road Less Traveled continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us learn how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one’s own true self.
  • Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind | Kristen Neff (2011)
    • Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life.
  • Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life | Nir Eyal (2019)
    • Eyal describes how to manage the discomfort that drives distraction, and explains why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off your devices. With a four-step, research-backed model, Indistractable lays bare the secret to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of you. Empowering and optimistic, this is the book that will allow you to control your time and attention – and live the life you really want.
  • Why we Dream: The Science, Creativity and Transformative Power of Dreams | Alice Robb (2018)
    • Why We Dream is a clear-eyed, cutting-edge examination of the meaning and purpose of our nightly visions and a guide to changing our dream lives—and making our waking lives richer, healthier, and happier.


Self-Help Guides

  • Relaxation Techniques | Therapist Aid
    • An evidence-based article and guide by TherapistAid about relaxation techniques.

Therapists specialising in Wellbeing

Yasmin Muscat Monsigneur

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Shirley Buttigieg

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Gestalt Psychotherapist
Sharon Grima

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Counsellor, Social Worker & EMDR Trainee Practitioner
Mel McElhatton

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Gestalt Psychotherapist & Social Worker
Maria Mifsud

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Maria Darmanin

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Health Psychologist & Gestalt Psychotherapist
Margaret White

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Trainee Psychotherapist & Youth Worker
Luana Aquilina

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Louisa Borg Costanzi

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Gestalt Psychotherapist
Liya Aquilina

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Gestalt Psychotherapist

Resources about Wellbeing

What makes you happy?

Written by Charlene Borg
Have you ever heard the term ‘horizontal thinking’? It’s relatively new to me too. I first came across this term in an article by Elizabeth Gilbert, an author I love. It refers to the spiral thinking that goes on in our heads when lying in bed, as we go over aspects of life which we never imagined we’d experience, or any other thoughts, fears and/or mental states we find ourselves in. I a…

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We all wear scars: a reflection on healing and resilience

Written by Leanne Attard
Scars can be both physical and emotional. Regardless of their form, they tell a story about our journey, each one representing a chapter in our personal history. They’re reminders of the challenges we have faced and the strength we’ve found to overcome them. In this article, Gestalt Psychotherapist, Leanne Attard, explores the concept of ‘scars’ and how painful life experiences can become vehicles for change and growth….

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Understanding our emotions and behaviour in response to Covid-19

Written by Danjela Falzon
A number of people have told me in the past week that what’s going on around them somehow doesn’t seem real. That’s not so surprising considering how quickly our reality seems to have changed from one moment to the next. We’re suddenly shrouded in a great deal of uncertainty and faced with a barrage of news reporting an ever-changing reality. Not only is there uncertainty about Covid-19 it…

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This Christmas, make memories not waste

Written by Giulia Bertone
It’s beginning to look a lot like … gift wrap. As the 25th of December approaches, a lot of us start thinking of the beloved and dreaded Christmas shopping. Due to many reasons, including fatigue, financial constraints and unrealistic expectations, Christmas shopping can be a major stressor and source of anxiety to many. (1) Another organic body that suffers from major stress during Chri…

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The psychological benefits of reading

Written by Danjela Falzon
With an ever-increasing tendency for people to be glued to their phones or other devices, it’s easy to be pulled away from the reading of literature for simple pleasure. However, escaping into a good book is not only enjoyable, it’s good for your wellbeing and mental health. In this article by Gestalt Psychotherapist, Danjela Falzon, the benefits of reading are discussed, and guidance is provided as to how you can encourage the children in your lives to enjoy reading….

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The Power of Therapeutic Writing

Written by Clare Padovani
Many people assume that writing is just for writers or poets when, in fact, writing is for everyone and has been used for many years as a means of expression and healing. Therapeutic writing, in particular, has numerous benefits and takes a number of different forms, as explored in the following article by Clare Padovani, Gestalt Psychotherapist….

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The Mighty Creatures Lost Their Crown

Written by Doriette Grech
Helping children understand Covid-19 without instilling in them a sense of fear and anxiety, is a challenging task for parents and carers. In this short story, Doriette Grech introduces children to Munchkin World, a place where its inhabitants are learning how to keep themselves healthy and safe whilst managing a number of complex emotions. The story explores how children can protect themselves fr…

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The key to happiness and fulfilment – Cherish the present

Written by Maria Mifsud
We live in a hyper-busy world, where our pace of life is always frantic. Our minds are constantly occupied and we are forever up to something. With that in mind, I would like you, the reader, to take a moment and think about the last time that you did nothing – just 10 minutes doing absolutely nothing. And when I say nothing, I really do mean nothing. Therefore, no emailing, no texting, no inte…

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