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Building for the future? What about nature? Psychotherapist, David Kraft, talks about the importance of nature to mental well being

In a December issue of the Enfield Dispatch (No. 15), James Cracknell spoke of a public fear that one of the best known golf clubs in the local area would be destroyed and turned into another commercial enterprise. This time it is Whitewebbs. In the spring of last year, the council reported that they intended to lease the golf course to a private source in order to cover costs. Whitewebbs is a 42-hectare golf course just under 2 miles from the centre of Enfield Town and just off the M25. We have learned recently, from Enfield Dispatch, that a further 55 hectares were included in the bids. Some local golfers are distraught about this news because they have recently learnt that some enterprises intend to close the golf club, which has been open for some 87 years. Some bidders have suggested turning it into a leisure complex. Other ideas include an outdoor gym and a biking facility. This problem is not just one for the golfers. The additional adjacent land might also been destroyed in the process. This land is part of a suite of Green Belt which runs from the Forty Hill Estate to Hilly Fields. Residents from Enfield, Cheshunt, Forty Hill and other surrounding areas enjoy the land for recreation. Indeed, this land has been enjoyed by local residents for over a hundred years.

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Nature and enjoying the local surroundings are topics which often come up in my work as a psychotherapist. In fact, it has been well documented that spending time in the countryside, growing produce and enjoying green spaces can improve mental wellbeing, increase confidence, reduce stress, increase relaxation and improve overall mental health. Those who suffer from depression, for instance, often benefit from going on long walks: indeed, I often advise clients to walk their dogs or go out on their own to experience some peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of town life. This is an essential part of psychological rehabilitation. Whether you are doing CBT, psychotherapy or are seeing a psychologist, it is important to add this element to the work that you do in the consulting room. And, particularly in busy towns, and Enfield is by no means an exception, people need to experience the calmness and serenity of open spaces. This is why places like Whitewebbs and the adjacent lands are so important to the local community. Let us hope that some of this land is left for people to enjoy in the future.

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The importance of fulfilling one’s potential in psychotherapy

In the recent issue of the Enfield Haringey Independent, James Cowen wrote an interesting article on the inspirational running coach, Vinod Patel, who had just been awarded the British Citizen Award for his services in the local community. On 23rd of January, Mr Patel went to the Palace of Westminster where he was awarded the prestigious award. For the last 40 years, Mr Patel has been coaching runners in Enfield for free. And, not only has he coached them but he has spent a great deal of time devises tailor-made fitness schedules for competitors in and around Enfield Town. He was presented his metal at the House of Lords by the famous TV presenter Michael Underwood.

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Mr Patel is a well-known character in the Enfield community and he works alongside people from all ages and backgrounds. What is important about this story is that Mr Patel spoke of the importance of helping everyone realize their potential. This is similar to the work that I do as a psychotherapist. As a therapist, I often talk to my clients about realizing their potential—working through problems and then envisaging their desired future. Of course, it is important, during therapy, to isolate troubled issues and anxieties; however, often, the solution to dealing with psychological problems involves devising a tailor-made approach to treatment. This may involve devising a plan of activities to suit the person’s need. Regularly, individuals in therapy talk about things that they enjoyed doing in the past with a sense of longing; and, indeed, part of the psychotherapy is working towards getting individuals back to enjoying life to the full. These activities could be anything—for example doing exercise, playing football, going to the theatre, playing a musical instrument or planning regular visits to foreign cities. But whatever the passion, it is important to plan your schedule so that you can enjoy those hobbies. Fulfilling your potential is an important aspect of psychotherapy.

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Extremism in Enfield – Tackling individual diferences and Cultural Diversity

Sadiq Khan has recently put £800,000 in order to tackle extremism in the City of London. Community groups who focus their attention on violent extremism will be helped; this will enable groups in communities to deal with hate crime and extremist behaviour. In the recent copy of the Enfield Independent, reporters stated that hate crime had risen by a third in the past four years. Homophobic attacks and anti-Semitic violence has also risen significantly over the last decade. Local organisation can bid for up to £50,000 through the Mayor’s initiative. The money will go towards investigating and, hopefully, stopping these crimes.

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Enfield is a culturally diverse town. People need to feel secure in the place in which they live: they need to feel accepted and safe. Without this fundamental issue in place, people often suffer from low-esteem, anxiety, depression and anger and this can develop into a range of concomitant psychological problems. Some people are able to deal with these issues by talking to a friend; but, for others, these problems become insurmountable. If you require more assistance with a psychological issue, it is sometimes helpful to see a professional psychotherapist. More Information.

 

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£400,000 for Exercise Projects in 32 Boroughs including Enfield, Barnet and Hackney

 

In the recent edition of the Enfield and Haringey Independent, December 11th 2019, reporters advised readers that there would be a £400,000 boost for exercise projects in the local area. Transport for London (TfL) recently announced that they would be funding new grants for local communities; and, in fact, 60 community groups will receive money in order to get people more active. There will be a new scheme for local cyclists in the Enfield area. This project is called the ‘Swift Riders Cycling Club’. Children in the local area will be taught how to ride bikes safely and conscientiously. David Kraft, a local psychotherapist, said that this move would be extremely helpful for people in the local area and would, inevitably, have an effect of reducing anxiety and increasing confidence levels for local residents taking part’. The Muslim Education Community Centre will also be involved in getting people riding bikes; generously, they are funding new tandem bikes for the blind so that they can ride with a partner. The blind often feel isolated and spent long periods inside: this will help them to enjoy nature in the Enfield area and exercising at the same time. And, in addition, there is another cycling venture, ‘Stars ‘N’ Stripes’, which has been set up in Hackney: this group is running cycling courses for children aged 2 and over. If you are interesting in walking, Fusion Lifestyle leisure centres, in several locations, will be offering graded walks for all fitness levels. There are also cycling and walks organised for parents; and there is a buddy scheme for wheelchair users, and some centres have modified bikes so that they can be used by people in wheelchairs.

Exercise is important for wellbeing. During and after exercise, the brain releases endorphins which have an effect on mood, energy levels and sleep; and, this, in combination, can have a positive effect on confidence and resilience. This, in turn, has a knock-on effect on mood: people who exercise are less likely to develop depression or other mood disorders. Doing regular exercise means that you will be unlikely to put on weight, and it reduces the risk of developing cancer and diabetes. Most people who come to see me for depression or anxiety problems are not doing regular exercise; and so, it is a question that I often ask people when they come for counselling or psychotherapy. The psychotherapeutic approach that I take is holistic: I never work in a vacuum and I am also thinking about my clients’ well being as a whole—their home life, relationships, the work setting, their ability to be creative or to express themselves. Exercise is another aspect of that needs to be addressed in the consulting room. If you would like to see me for psychotherapy or counselling, please ring me for an assessment on 07946 57945.

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Diversity, Equality and Mental Health in the Workplace: the Enfield Perspective

According to the recent 2019 Hays Diversity and Inclusion Report, which analysed results from 5,200 individuals, 58% of professionals look for the organisation’s diversity and inclusion policies when looking for potential jobs. In the recent edition of the Enfield & Haringey Independent, it was pointed out that most people, particularly those under the age of 25, look for information relating to diversity and equality when researching potential jobs; however, 62% have reported that they often find this difficult. And, in the local Enfield area, where there is a huge degree of diversity, it has becomes more and more important to put suitable policies in place. Professionals who look for information on diversity are accessing their suitability within the framework of the corporation. Strictly, one’s race, beliefs or colour are nothing to do with how good people are at doing a job; however, in the workplace, there are always prejudices, and, often, discrimination can be present in the workplace. Sometimes, discrimination is explicit and, in these instances, procedures need to be put in place in order to deal with this. However, and this is something that is more difficult to tackle, discrimination can be implicit or subtle and this can also cause problems for employees. This can also lead to psychological problems including depression, feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, anger, sleeping problems, medically unexplained conditions and social problems both in situ and at home.

If you have experienced prejudice in the workplace, and would like psychotherapeutic support, please ring Enfield Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy on 0207 467 8564.

 

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Loss of Jobs in Enfield Town Causes Anxiety for up to 140 Members of Staff

In the recent edition of the Enfield and Haringey Independent, it was reported that the council has decided to end a deal with the cleaning firm Enfield Norse. This means that up to 140 members of the cleaning staff will lose their jobs. The decision was taken by Enfield council bosses at the October meeting: they said that ‘insourcing’ would offer better employment options as well as the option to join the local government pension scheme. However, local councillors for both the Conservatives and the Labour parties have raised concerns. Local buildings are also going to be sold off and this will also cause disruption and job losses. Cabinet minister, Cllr Mary Maguire, said that the move to sell local buildings would not cause any compulsory redundancies; however, these decisions have caused unrest in the local area, and residents as well as local workers in the Enfield area have stressed that these political moves cause unrest and anxiety in the local community. Gill, a lady in the Enfield area said, ‘We need job security, especially because of the cost of housing and rent in Enfield: without this people get ill and some have to go on antidepressants for depression or anxiety’.

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Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from Enfield Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy

In the recent copy of the Enfield and Haringey Independent, a short article focussed on the Christmas period and some of the pressures that people face at this time. Watching shoppers in Enfield Town can be revealing, particularly when you see individuals with huge Christmas shopping lists, rushing around the shops to get everything done. Christmas is supposed to be a time of giving, where people take a break and spend more time with their family. However, although Christmas is associated with a jolly Santa Claus and lots of fun music, some find this period of time stressful and anxiety-provoking. People are expected to buy presents of the family, and the cost of these presents, together with the expense of catering for an often over-indulgent lunch, can be difficult for most people to afford. Some people have difficulties with relatives; and then there are people who don’t talk to one or more members of their immediate family. Another category is the group of people who have lost members of their family and are simply alone at Christmas. And the expectation builds up… Many people are expected to attend Christmas functions and parties and then go to work the next day; and, for some, this causes a great deal of stress during this period. As a result, many people find this period complicated. Some find sleeping difficult; others develop psychosomatic symptoms or get frustrated or angry.

One way of the dealing with the stress of Christmas is to do careful planning. Some of my psychotherapy clients plan getting presents in a structured way and this helps them not feel too overwhelmed in the run up to Christmas Day. However, they also plan get-togethers with people that they know and trust—these events are helpful for feeling connected with people who make you feel good about yourself. Sometimes, people choose family members; but, often, they choose people in their lives with whom they can connect and talk to easily. If you are experiencing high levels of anxiety during the festive season, and need some additional support, please phone Enfield Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy today.

 

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Racism and Psychological Issues

In the recent edition of the Enfield and Haringey Independent, an article presented the images of three football fans who were racist during a match between Haringey Borough FC and Yeovil Town. So far two men have been arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated common assault. In fact, during the 64th minute the match had to be abandoned as the players walked off the pitch. Anyone who was at the match who has information about these three men should contact the police quoting the reference CAD 5272/19 Oct. At the second match, which was arranged to settle the score, the Haringey manager, Tom Loizou, told BBC Sport:

“You saw the type of people who come out and support this club tonight and the fans sung their hearts out, nothing abusive about it…There’s no room for racism. All you need to do is come down here, watch a game and see how our fans acquit themselves and people should take a leaf out of our book.”

In this day and age, we are, more than ever before, experiencing racial inequality, prejudice and racist behaviours. Racist behaviour is particularly common in north London—in, say, Tottenham, Haringey, Enfield, Southgate and Edmonton—where there is a huge range of ethnicity. This can cause psychological problems not only at work but in one’s social life. This incident is a clear example of how some people discriminate against others because of the colour of their skin; and, in the first football match, the insults were so damaging that on-lookers were unable to tolerate their behaviour. Some people are bullied or abused due to the colour of their skin, and this can cause depression, anxiety, psychosomatic pain, sleep loss and a range of other psychological problems. If you are a victim of racial abuse and need some counselling or psychotherapy, please ring Enfield Psychotherapy on 0207 467 8564. This clinic, run by psychotherapist, David Kraft, is one of the leading practices in north London.

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Stress and Multiple Sclerosis

In the recent edition of the Enfield and Haringey Independent, Scott Mills, MS Society Ambassador and broadcaster, spoke of the fact that scientists might have developed an approach to treatment which could eliminate multiple sclerosis once and for all. He pointed out that this approach would stop this disease in its tracks so that it wouldn’t worsen. He said this would stop sufferers living in fear for the rest of their lives, thinking that they might end up in a wheelchair or gradually develop a range of complex and debilitating physical and emotional difficulties. He urged readers to support scientists in their efforts to cure this life-changing disease by donating to the MS Society’s Stop MS Appeal. They need to raise 100 million over a ten year period.

Multiple Sclerosis is a common disease of the central nervous system and can affect both the young and elderly. In fact, more than 100,000 individuals in the UK suffer from this condition. On diagnosis, many people experience confusion and anger: some go at lengths to find suitable medication to reduce symptoms and lead a normal life. Many are able to do this seamlessly without too many further complications, while others still suffer from certain problems from time to time. The medication varies from person to person. If you are experiencing anxiety as a result of being diagnosed with MS, and need some addition support, please ring Enfield Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy. Psychotherapist, David Kraft, has had a lot of experience working with sufferers of MS, as well as members of the family. The clinic is based in Enfield and was set up in order to support patients in the local area; however, nowadays, individuals come from further afield in order to get counselling from David Kraft.

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Tottenham Literature Festival

In a recent blog (28/10/2019), I spoke about the importance of community spirit in helping people to feel that they belong. In this day and age, a lot of people feel isolated in their local neighbourhood and this is partly to do with the amount of violence on the streets. Many people stay at home and are unaware of activities that occur in the local town in which they live. This, in turn, has a massive effect on anxiety and depression levels in the UK. And, in places where there is a lot of violence, in Enfield or in Tottenham for example, the problem is worse. However, there are events in the local area in which people can meet other like-minded individuals; and, by connecting with other people, we feel our place within society, and this, if done in the right way, can help us to feel more confident generally.

 

From Friday 1st of November to Saturday 9th of November, the Bernie Grant Arts Centre will be holding a new, innovative festival focussing on the power of words. The festival will include readings, talks, debates, discussions, the showing of films and educational workshops and will highlight the work of contemporary black writers in the local area. This is the Tottenham Literature Festival, a event designed for a diverse community. People from all over the local area—from Enfield, Tottenham, Edmonton, Hackney, Southgate—will be coming to support these writers. It is an exciting programme which will demonstrate the power of words through prose, poetry, memoirs and the spoken word. Dr David Kraft, a psychotherapist in the local area, said that the event, ‘Would captivate and enlighten the souls of all attendees with the power and wonderment of words’. The Artistic Director of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Hannah Azieb Pool, pointed out that this new event was designed to celebrate a rich history of black literature across the ages. She also said that this festival, the first of its kind in the local area, would ‘transform lives’ for the better. There will be literature for all ages, including some poetry readings, discussions on black hair and poetry on mandem culture. There will also be a range of recitals which will focus on black activism, gender, gentrification and sexuality. Confirmed speakers for the festival include Emma Dabiri, Victoria Adukwei-Bulley and Mary Otumahana.

 

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