How to be happy when everything keeps changing

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Rules have changed and the world feels uncertain. But there are ways to be positive about life whatever your situation, says psychotherapist Jean-Claude Chalmet If you’re feeling flat, exhausted and struggling to cope with the uncertainties as coronavirus cases rise again and distancing rules change, you are obviously not alone. For months now, in the […]

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Has lockdown broken your relationship and is it irreparable

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Love is an important driver in any relationship. However, during lockdown even the most sturdy, ‘loved up’ couples have experienced problems in their relationship, some are even beyond repair.  Jean Claude – Chalmet, renowned psychotherapist at The Place Retreats explains that: “While love is important, the truth is love alone isn’t enough. Love is the bond that […]

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How to Take Care of Your Mental Health (and Relationships) During Lockdown

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The recent lockdown has inevitably caused a series of emotional side effects with anxiety and stress being the two main culprits for people in the wider population. And with experts predicting that ‘the psychological impact could be deep and long-term’ I think it’s imperative that mental health professionals (like myself) continue to spread the message […]

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Couple Relationships Part 3 – Is it Possible for Couples to Overcome Boredom and Loneliness in a Relationship?

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There are many reasons why people experience feelings of loneliness and boredom in a relationship. And this is particularly true for couples who have been together for a long time. But is it something that can be overcome or is this just the way some relationships go in the end? According to psychotherapist and Founder […]

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Couple Relationships Part 2 – How Therapy can Help Couples During a Midlife Crisis

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Most of us at some point in our lives will have to face the reality of a mid-life crisis. And what that will look and feel like is very different for everybody. In the second part of our couple relationships series, Jean-Claude Chalmet, renowned psychotherapist and Founder of The Place Retreats examines couple relationships, particularly […]

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Couple Relationships Part 1: Surviving the Fallout from an Affair

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In the first of this three-part podcast series – lead psychotherapist and Founder at The Place Retreats, Jean-Claude Chalmet, discusses the interesting dynamic between couples and relationships.  During the interview, Jean-Claude highlights the value that couples therapy can bring and explains that with the right type of therapy and guidance, couples can overcome most things, […]

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Love in the lockdown — sex and relationships in quarantine

Orders to stay at home mean our relationships are being put to the test. Psychotherapist Jean-Claude Chalmet shares his advice for couples At a time like this — especially at a time like this — your love and sex life matter profoundly. Our attention has been abruptly drawn to what we often take for granted […]

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Parenting Teenagers Part 2: Understanding the Hurt Beneath the Anger

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Why are the teenage years such a period of confusion and upheaval for so many families? Are teenagers moody and selfish for the sake of it? Or is there more to teenage anger than meets the eye? Let’s put the teenage years into perspective. The teenage years represent a process of separation from parents. It […]

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Parenting Teenagers Part 1: Recognising Your Inner Child

Jean Claude Chalmet-Psychotherapist

Are you the parent of a teen? Is your parenting being tested to the limit? It’s not uncommon to hear parents of teenagers complain about sudden changes in behaviour and a lack of preparedness when it comes to parenting skills. There are plenty of reasons why this can happen. Teenagers are renowned for becoming more […]

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What is Anger?

What is Anger

Anger is characterised as having intense feelings of annoyance, displeasure or hostility.  Jean-Claude Chalmet, Founder and lead psychotherapist at The Place Retreats describes anger as being a ”secondary emotion”.  He explains that ”anger (like anxiety) is a mask that covers something much deeper. This could be from past relationships and other negative experiences that might have […]

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