Sarah Dakhili

Sarah is a Psychotherapist, Mental Health Social Worker, Art Therapist, Artist and Writer. She is also the Practice Manager at Mental Awakening.

The Stress Response

Whenever we feel even the slightest bit threatened, our body enters activation mode, which is the home of our stress response; the fight-or-flight response, activated by the sympathetic system. When this happens, the vagus nerve sends SOS signals to the sympathetic nervous system making our hearts pump harder and faster; activating stress responses in our …

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Dealing with anger

As a TMS Counsellor, the majority of my clients struggle with chronic pain, anxiety, depression and suppressed rage. I have significant experience with these challenges even on a personal level. Personally, I have come to recognise anger, whether suppressed and/or expressed, as one of the roadblocks to recovering from chronic pain and mental health challenges. …

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Chronic Pain & TMS

Chronic Pain & TMS The majority of my clients experience chronic pain (including symptoms such as migraines, muscle stiffness, cramps, fatigue, IBS stomach issues, allergies and TMJ). They have all completed numerous tests and medical appointments, often for several years, visiting the doctor and taking medication. Some have also undergone surgical procedures. Yet for many, …

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Cultivating Self-Compassion

Cultivating Self-Compassion Jack Cornfield, who is a well-known author and motivational coach, once wrote: “If compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” I couldn’t agree more with this sentence. It is only in recent times that I have started to fully understand the meaning of compassion and to implement it more authentically towards myself …

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