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2nd October 2008 Spin 103.8 'The Spin with Jonathan McCrea and Clare McKenna' - Nomophobia - a fear of being away from your mobile phone
YouGov a UK Research group have stated that 'nomophobia' has been added to the dictionary as a phobia of being away from your mobile. 13 million British people fear being out of mobile phone contact, according to the research.
1 in 10 said that they needed to be contactable at all times because of their jobs and 1 in two never switch off their phone. Based on a study of 2,100 mobile users it seemingly affects 58% of mobile phone users.
Top fears were running out of battery or credit, losing their phone or being out of network coverage.
Allison encouraged phone users to turn their mobile off at night, you can still use it as an alarm clock and keep it at arms length. Their have been studies with decreased semen quality in men who use the phones a lot as stated in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility from the Cleveland Clinic. So stay off your phones and give those texting thumbs a well earned rest.
Allison told Clare and Jonathan that she hasn't treated anyone for nomophobia as of yet but as one texter said they had a fear of birds which is a much more common phobia that we'd see at the clinic.
25th September 2008 Spin 103.8 'The Spin with Jonathan McCrea and Clare McKenna' - Insomnia
Insomnia is suffered and endured by the masses, a living nightmare but by instilling these changes you too can 'sleep like a baby'. Don't drink tea and or coffee after 3pm. Have a pre-bedtime routine, wind down, cut out the news, scary films, computer and eat a light dinner. Cut down on alcohol. Keep a sleep diary, watchting out for triggers, are they emotional, physical, food, stress etc. If the problem is pervasive seek some help, hypnosis is a gentle, natural replicant of the sleep cycle bringing your mind from beta to delta. The bWell Clinic has help many people create sound, quality sleep. At the clinic many clients say the CD's are like the best sleeping tablet around, without the side effects!
28th August 2008 TV3 Ireland Am with Sinead Desmond and Aidan Cooney - The Psychology of Infidelity
Fiona O'Brien author of 'Not my Affair' spoke about her fictional book on infidelity in Ireland and Marbella. Allison spoke of how Evolutionary Psychologists would argue that men are programmed to have more mates and (EMS - Extra-marital sex)and that women are pre-disposed to finding one mate to have children, this theory has been examined and Positive Psychology literature indicates that married men are not only happier and healthier they also live longer in a marriage. Love is a complex issue, infidelity can relate to underlying issues in a relationship such as low self-esteem, difficulties with intimacy, communication and commitment issues. Therapy can be an excellent journey for couples to begin to express truthfully and constructively with each other.
12th August 2008 TV3 Ireland Am with Sinead Desmond and Aidan Cooney - Preparing siblings for the arrival of a new baby.
Parents may be delighted with a new baby arriving but don't be so sure this warm welcome will be given as generously by all! For new siblings, or when the second born arrives it can be a very confusing and threatening time with lots of adjustment. Today, Allison gave some helpful preparatory tips on helping siblings with the new arrival.
During the Pregnancy
Tell your child after after your first trimester, or even later.
Read baby books and familiarise your child with baby sounds, what they do etc.
Any major changes that need to occur do them at least 2-3 months before the baby arrives, such as potty training, changing their room.
Involve your child in the decoration of their room with their favourite characters.
Emphasize their new role, they are going to become a big brother or big sister.
Show through role play with dolls how to support the babies head and how to mind the baby.
When the baby arrives
Introduce your child to your baby at the hospital, make it a private family affair and have the new baby in the cot.
Allow your child to take it's time, don't force the child to take an interest, it will occur when the child is ready.
Ask family to be mindful of your other child(ren), maybe they could bring a token gift.
Spend 1-1 quality time with your child(ren) this helps the child readjust to a reduction in attention soley on them.
If your child expresses intense emotions to your newborn, talk them through it, allow the child to express how they feel and then spend some more quality time with them to help ease any fears, anger and or upset.
Regression is how your child may express their emotions, this can manifest in daily activities and you may find your child reverting to literally 'acting like a baby', there may be increased crying, whining, temper tantrums, forgetting how to talk, soiling and changes in eating and sleeping habits.
Let your child 'help' you, this will make a lot of your tasks longer but for long term positive interaction with the baby it is worth the effort.
7th August 2008 Spin 103.8 'The Spin with Jonathan McCrea and Clare McKenna' - Kleptomania
Kleptomania is something people may snigger at and think is funny, but it is a serious mental issue. Kleptomania is an impulse control disorder characterized by a recurrent failure to resist stealing. It is from a Greek word 'kleptein' which means 'to steal' and 'mania' is an inability or great difficulty in resisting impulses of stealing.
It is not very common and only 1 in 20 thefts are attributed to Kleptomania, often being percieved as a way of avoiding persecution. Kleptomania differs from theft or stealing in that it is not pre-meditated, a compulsion to steal something arises just before it is taken followed by a momentary release after the event followed by guilt. With Kleptomania often what is taken has no monetary value, some people mighn't even realise that what they have done is wrong. Behavioural modification and covert sensitization help the individual to become aware of what they are doing and of the harm that they are creating to others.
28th July 2008
Life! with Orla Barry - Newstalk - Relaxing on holidays - The stress of switching off.
Allison spoke with Orla Barry and a guest about the stress that holidays can create. People can be very busy coming up to taking holidays and research has shown that it takes 2 days, 9 hours and twenty-five minutes to relax after arriving at your destination. Allison felt that it can take more time and that people can often get a cold and get run down on holidays because the body may be recovering from how busy you have been up to that point.
Allison spoke of a new trend called 'vacationitis' whereby 60% of UK workers state that they do not take their full holiday entitlements. Another difficulty raised was how to switch off and be mentally on holiday. Many people find that they are taking some work with them, checking in on the office and being available on the mobile phone. As a business owner I know how difficult it can be to literally switch off the phone but for good mental health and total relaxation as well as packing your sunscreen I would recommend turning off your phone and turning on the relaxation, says Allison.
16th July 2008
TV3 Ireland AM with Mark Cagney & Sybil Mulcahy, Patricia McKenna and Allison
Delayed Parenting. Interview with former MEP Patricia McKenna who had twins at 47 and Allison Keating of the bWell Clinic discussing women having children at a later age. AMA - Advanced Maternal Age is defined as having a child over the age of 35 years of age and VAMA Very Advanced Maternal Age is over 45. Physiological issues aside, their can be higher levels of stress on AMA mothers as they may have intense emotional feelings and or fears during the pregnancy. It is a trend that is continuing and the statistics are very high but as economist Thurow states the ages of 25-35 are the years to build a successful career. But, Allison states this is a women's most fertile time and even though women are marrying later, have better education and career possibilities the biological clock has not changed and is not as accessible to exerting control and planning as many other areas of our modern lives.
12th June 2008.
Limerick Today - Joe Nash - Dentophobia - fear of the dentist
Allison spoke with Joe today about people's fears of going to the dentist. A very common fear due to it's high sensory affect, we all can remember the sounds, smells and feelings but Allison recommended changing how you felt about the dentist to a necessary but important event that keeps your teeth and gums healthier.
23rd June 2008
Spin 103.8 fm The Spin with Clare McKenna & Jonathan McCrea
Re: Shyness, Allison spoke with Clare and Jonathan today about how shyness affects many people. Shyness is an experiential discomfort and or avoidance of situations that can affect the individual's interpersonal and career path. There are many shy extroverts out there, who can appear to be confident publicly and socially and yet the person can be worried about how they are perceived socially, privately. Allison spoke of the Henderson and Zimbardo's 'Social Fitness', at the clinic we help clients train just like an athlete to communicate better and to have a better experience connecting with people.
14th May 2007
TV3 Ireland AM 27th May 2008 Mentally Preparing for Junior and Leaving Certificate Exams
Allison and Brian Mooney Institute of Guidance Counsellors spoke with Mark and Sinead on preparing for the exams. Allison stated that patience and support is needed from the parents at this stressful time for students. For students be confident that you have participated at school and focus now on getting the most out of the time that you have left. Attitude and aptitude - for subjects that you feel weak in, change this word to 'challenging' put effort into these subjects, we often have a positive attitude towards our preferred subjects this can create a positive attitude and can increase focus, concentration and the quality of study, use the same postive attitude with your challenging subjects, when you put the work in you will get the results that you want. Future pace to finishing the exams, this can help keep up the momentum. Breathe, relax, you are ready...best of luck to all the students of Ireland.
Newstalk's Breakfast Show with Claire Byrne
7th May 2008 Allison Spoke with Claire Byrne about the Positive Psychological affect good weather has on people. The weather was sunny and bright and we looked to the neurological changes sunlight has upon the brain to improve mood and general well-being. Allison stated that it is a sunny outlook in general using Positive Psychology methods that can ward against feeling down.
Spin 103.8 fm The Spin with Clare McKenna & Jonathan McCrea
Fear of Flying, Allison spoke about the 500 million worldwide sufferers.
TV3 Ireland AM 7th March 2008 Adolescent & Parental Discussion
Allison Spoke with Mark Cagney and Sinead Desmond about the trails and tribulations of being an adolescent in Ireland today.
TV3 Ireland AM 20th February 2008 Post-Nuptial Depression
Allison spoke with Alan Hughes and Sinead Desmond about the highs and lows some people experience after the wedding.
TV3’s Ireland AM Fear Factor Series:
Find out how the participants of TVAM’s fear factor got on at the bWell Clinic, 12th of September at 9am, fear of water phobia and 17th of September at 9 am getting over the fear of flying.
1st September 2007
Newstalk 106-108 fm, Culture Shock with Fionn Davenport:
Allison of the bWell Clinic, Fionn Davenport, Culture Shocks presenter, Mike Sheridan Film Critic and Michelle Wilson a recovered mice and rats phobia discuss phobias live in studio and answer many texts from listeners who share their many fears, phobias and anxieties.
1st July 2007
Cambodian Street Kids Style Night:
Malahide mums organise fun charity style, lifestyle and inner beauty night for orphaned Cambodian Street kids and raise €16,750, keeping one orphanage running for one year. Allison gives a talk open how to feel good from the inside out, increasing self-esteem, confidence and your own feel good factor.
2nd August 2007
98FM The Inbox Paul Connolly and Alison O’Reilly:
The Inbox talkshow discussed how phobias and fears affect people and Allison was asked for her expert advice to the many callers and listeners to help with fear of cotton wool, water, vomiting and many more.
22nd October 2007
Irish Independent Article by Conor Feehan:
What do men, peanut butter, cotton wool, dolls and string have in common? The simple but unusual answer is that they are all phobia triggers. The list of items or situations that carry a fear factor with them is growing all the time, and it is now estimated that up to one in eight Irish people suffer from a phobia of some sort during their lives
Spin 103.8 Radio Interview:
Irish Examiner Article by Kate Hayes:
If June spells exams and summer holidays then September undoubtedly is synonymous with the return to the classroom but it's not just school children and college students who are packing their rucksacks, adults ...
8th March 2007
The Gerry Ryan Show:
Gerry Ryan had Allison on the show to help callers come to a better understanding of how your phobias and fears are created and how to get over them. We discussed the science behind the fear that can lead to serious implications in people’s lives creating massive disruption and even total avoidance. Tune in and listen to how Allison helps Paul get over his fear of wigs.
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|The Cosmetic Surgery Series on TV3 at 9pm starting on the 13th of January. A six episode series that examines plastic surgery, with Dr. Rey, of Doctor 90210. Allison will be on with Dr. Rey and Mark Hamilton on the 20th of January and the 3rd and 17th of February.|
'Happiness Coaching, Happiness at Work and the Chemistry of Wellbeing.' Launched by Bill Cullen, Jackie Lavin and Claire O'Callaghan at the Europa Academy 24th September 2008. Taking cutting edge Positive Psychology research and applying it in your life today.
Professor John Wick and Counselling Graduates to Visit the bWell Clinic July 23rd 2008
Professor John Wick and his class of American Counselling Students will meet with Allison and Jo-Anne at the bWell Clinic for an International Learning Experience. Professor Wick teaches a class on Cross Cultural Leadership and for three days he will be teaching at All Hallows College and will have a similar meeting at Beaumount Hospital.
The purpose of the meeting is to gain an insight into mental health in Ireland, to compare an Irish private practice to American practices' and to give any practical tips to the University students of Siena Heights Michigan.
19th June 2008 Bill Cullen Good to Great Conference Europa Academy
An excellent inspiring day with Bill showing his unique and energetic flare on how he has ammased so much success. Bill shared his experiences and showed how with a mix of perseverance and self-belief we can all go 'from good to great.'
|Deepak Chopra – Explorations in Consciousness, 12 April 2008 – National Concert Hall|
Chopra gave an amazing, insightful and scientifically and spiritually expansive talk on our consciousness and how we experience our life.
1st European Conference on Happiness & It’s Causes Conference
London October 12-14th 2007
Friday 12th October 2007
Happiness Now – Dr. Robert Holden ‘You can search for happiness or you can choose happiness. It depends how much time you want to save.’
BBC QED presenter of ‘Happiness Now!’ Allison attended Roberts insightful talk on happiness and well-being.
Saturday 13th October 2007
Happiness – Lessons from a New Science – Lord Richard Layard, Emeritus professor, London School of Economics
Happiness, Mindfulness and Joyful Learning, Goldie Hawn, Academy Award winner, best-selling Author: A lotus Grows in the Mud. Founder of the Hawn Foundation.
Happiness the Science behind your smile – Daniel Nettle, Reader, University of Newcastle
Happiness – Philosophy, Religion or Psychology. Professor Richard Schoch, Professor of the History of Culture, Queen Mary, University of London. Author: The Secrets of Happiness: Three Thousand Years of Searching for the Good Life.
Western Psychology – Learning about Happiness – Dr. Felicia Huppert, Professor of Psychology and Co-Director, Well-Being Institute, Cambridge University.
Buddhist Psychology – Getting real about the Human condition. Venerable Ajahn Sumedho, Abbot, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.
Sunday 14th October 2007
The 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life, Alison Murdoch, Director, The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom.
Happiness and Sustainability: Do they go together? Nic marks, Head of the Centre for Wellbeing, New Economic Foundation.
Sadness, Depression and Happiness. Clinical Psychologist and Author Dorothy Rowe, Beyond Fear; Depression: The Way out of your Prison; The Successful Self; My Dearest Enemy, My Dangerous Self.
A fascinating conference examining the new paradigm of thought – Positive Psychology.
|bWell in 2007 North County Leader|
Psychologist Allison Keating from Malahide started 2007 by re-opening her clinic under a new and fresh brand - the bWell Clinic. For the past two years, Allison operated her clinic as a Paul Goldin franchise but is now rebranding under her own name. She will use her experience and expertise to further develop the proven NLP techniques and introduce new, fresh approaches, which she has researched around the world. Her positive behavioural psychology techniques successfully help clients overcome phobias, anxiety, stop smokingetc., and her new bWell clinic will provide an even more modernised and dynamic approach to treating clients.
Allison holds an MSc., in Work and Organisational Psychology, and a BA in Behavioural Science - Psychology and is a Career Guidance and Adult Career Guidance Counsellor a Master Neuro-linguisitic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and Life & Business Coach.
The bWell Clinic is very busy with clients making New Years Resolutions to stop smoking, lose weight, get over that dreadful fear of flying, reduce phobias and generally wanting to look and feel happier and more confident inside. The bWell Clinic is located at 12 St. James Terrace, Malahide and is open Tuesday to Saturday, telephone 01-8456070.
|Gerry Ryan Radio Interview|
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|Gerry Ryan Show 17 Jan 2007|