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08 Apr 2024
Diversity in Solutions: One-size-fits-all is inadequate
Diversity in Solutions: One-size-fits-all is inadequate

By Lambert Oigara, Consultant Clinical Psychologist The unintended consequence of deinstitutionalizing mental health facilities, commonly known as asylums, was a rise in homelessness. The misconception that chronic mental illnesses like Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia were curable led to a complex interplay between individuals with mental illness who self-medicated with alcohol and drugs, perpetuating a cycle...

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04 Apr 2024
The Pop Psychology Dilemma
The Pop Psychology Dilemma – By Lambert Oigara, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

In 1969, former president of the American Psychological Association (APA), George A. Miller, envisioned making psychology accessible to the general public, urging his peers to ‘give away Psychology.’ During an era dominated by Freudian psychoanalysis, Piaget’s cognitive theory, and Watson’s behavioural theories, psychology gained traction in the Western world following the aftermath of World War...

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26 Mar 2024
Emotional Fluctuations: Understanding, Coping, and Seeking Support”
Emotional Fluctuations: Understanding, Coping, and Seeking Support

By Lambert Oigara, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Fluctuation in emotions between highs, lows, neutrality, and unpredictability are normal responses to life’s daily encounters. Emotions are influenced by daily stressors, mood states, financial obligations, relationships, and external circumstances. While some individuals naturally express emotions openly, others may suppress or struggle to articulate them due to various experiences...

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19 Mar 2024
The rise of Third-Wave therapy

The rise of Third-Wave therapy
– By Lambert Oigara, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a noticeable increase in mental health awareness, accompanied by a surge in prevention and education programs across urban and rural areas in Kenya. This surge likely fueled a demand for accessible, high-quality, and cost-effective competency-based interventions. Traditionally, psychotherapy leaned heavily on psychoanalysis pioneered by Sigmund Freud,...

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12 Mar 2024
Parenting: Balancing Expectations and Individuality
Parenting: Balancing Expectations and Individuality – By Lambert Oigara, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

The formative years of a child’s life are invaluable, shaping their growth and development. During this period of rapid growth, children face countless questions, take risks, experience injuries, receive affection, love, and warmth, all of which significantly influence their attachment patterns. Attachment to the child may result to both negative and positive outcomes. From the...

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05 Mar 2024
Modern epidemic; the depths of sleep deprivation
Modern epidemic; the depths of sleep deprivation – By Lambert Oigara, Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Modern epidemic; the depths of sleep deprivation – By Lambert Oigara, Consultant Clinical Psychologist The issue of sleep deprivation remains widespread, often normalized despite its profound impact on our well-being. Throughout history, the importance of sleep has been evident, with figures like Charles Dickens, Thomas Edison, and Abraham Lincoln sharing their struggles and innovative coping...

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01 Feb 2024
Self-Compassion: Treating Yourself with Kindness - CBT Kenya
Self-Compassion: Treating Yourself with Kindness – CBT Kenya

Self-Compassion: Treating Yourself with Kindness – CBT Kenya What is Self-Compassion? At its core, self-compassion is about treating oneself with the same level of kindness and understanding that we would offer to a good friend. It’s recognizing that perfection is unattainable and that making mistakes is part of being human. Dr. Kristin Neff, a leading...

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08 Jan 2024
Embracing January as Mental Wellness Month - CBT Kenya
Embracing January as Mental Wellness Month – CBT Kenya

Embracing January as Mental Wellness Month – CBT Kenya As we usher in the new year, January takes on a special significance beyond resolutions and fresh starts—it marks Mental Wellness Month. In a world that constantly demands our attention and resilience, prioritizing mental well-being is crucial. This month serves as a poignant reminder to reflect...

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06 Dec 2023
Mindful eating during festivities - CBT Kenya
Mindful eating during festivities – CBT Kenya

Mindful eating during festivities – CBT Kenya As the holiday season approaches, our senses are tantalized by the promise of festive feasts and treasured treats. It’s a time of joy, celebration, and, often, an abundance of food that can sometimes lead to overindulgence. But what if we could savor the richness of these culinary delights...

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17 Nov 2023
Art therapy: What role does it play? - CBT Kenya
Art therapy: What role does it play? – CBT Kenya

Art therapy: What role does it play? – CBT Kenya Understanding Art Therapy Definition and Origins: Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that utilizes the creative process of making art to improve and enhance mental health and well-being. It is a dynamic discipline that finds its roots in the early 20th century, gaining momentum...

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