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Why Self-Help Books Don’t Help

The self-help industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and is expected to continue growing at double-digit rates annually. And books form a significant portion of the industry. January is always a good time to start on a personal development journey: In early January 2021, sales of books about mind, body, and spirit jumped 63% over the comparable week in 2020, and sales of self-help books jumped by 30%. But do their teachings work? They promise much but, sadly for most of us, self-help books don’t often help.

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Emotional Wellbeing Check

An Emotional Wellbeing Check is a 30 minute consultation to give you an overview of how you are doing with your psychological wellbeing. It will highlight key areas of your wellness and give an indication as to whether there are any areas of your life that would benefit from some attention. Like any other health check up, an emotional wellbeing check is an important part of staying on top of your mental health. With no commitment to engaging in regular therapy, this service offers a useful measure of your overall emotional wellbeing.

When might an emotional wellbeing check be beneficial?

  • Something feels “off”, but you can’t quite put your finger on what it is
  • You are considering embarking on therapy, but you remain uncertain as to whether this would be beneficial for you
  • You have a history of mental health difficulties and want to stay on top of your emotional wellbeing

Following the wellbeing check you will be provided with a brief summary report with recommendations from Dr Shamarel. As this is not a service that insurance companies typically reimburse for, you will not be given a formal diagnosis.