It’s predicted that by 2018 a billion people will inhabit the virtual world of Second Life. John Daniel explores the implications for psychological therapists who may find they’re working with clients who present with dual personalities – and genders


What’s the difference between a New Year resolution and a New Year determination? Diane Southam takes a look




It’s that time of year when nicotine patches double in price, booze halves in price and magazines are full of detoxes, diets, and ‘New Year New You’ features. The trouble is, most of our resolutions are about giving something up. ‘Giving up’ resolutions are usually tangled up with feelings of guilt and self-loathing, and the belief that we’ll like ourselves more if we look good and feel better.

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On the look out for a new job or relationship? Then you’d better make sure your body isn’t putting out the wrong messages!   Watch Video

Ruby Wax has lived with depression since the age of ten. Now she's made a radical career shift from comedienne to psychotherapist



Counsellor and member of the Western Buddhist Order, Bodhakari believes that western psychotherapy would benefit from having a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of life.

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Jill Brindley noticed an improvement in her physical and psychological well-being when she took part in Cancer Research UK’s race for life.


Two weeks before Christmas I was made redundant. My boyfriend and I had split up a month before, so getting laid off really was the icing on the cake. Come New Year I was a broke and lonely mess. My confidence had plummeted and I couldn’t drag myself out of bed in the morning to look for another job.

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Author, journalist and depressive Sally Brampton explains how her struggle to find the right therapist was tough, but ultimately rewarding

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