White River Manor is open during lockdown in South Africa

White River Manor is a registered essential service provider and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic continues to offer a world class therapetic programme. We have taken every precaution to maintain the integrity of our environment and screen clients both before and on arrival. Our staff too undergo regular testing and screening to ensure the safety of our clients.

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    What are the main anxiety disorders everyone should know about?

    If you've ever experienced anxiety (no matter how mild or extreme), you'll likely be familiar with how frightening and confusing the symptoms can sometimes be. Anxiety is a normal emotion. Anxiety is a common emotion - many of us experience periods of anxiety for various reasons and at different life stages. Perhaps you have an...

    Is there such a thing as a “harmless addiction”?

    “Addiction” is a word that is both widely used and misused in modern-day society. On the one hand, you might hear someone flippantly describe themselves as a “chocoholic”. Or say that they’re “addicted” to online shopping because they spend a little more than they should on online purchases. On the other, there are those that...

    What are the best trauma treatments?

    Traumatic experiences can have a profound impact on our mental health and well-being. Sometimes we may not be entirely aware of a traumatic event's impact on the mind and body. A person's symptoms of trauma may creep up out of nowhere and can induce psychological, physiological, and emotional responses that can be incredibly frightening and...

    The complex relationship between addiction and anger

    It should come as no surprise that many people who have problems with addiction also have problems with anger. They are often interlinked, with statistics clearly demonstrating a correlation between substance abuse disorders and violent crime. For example, one study showed that up to three-quarters of those who begin addiction treatment have previously engaged in...

    Is cognitive dissonance the same as gaslighting?

    Cognitive dissonance and gaslighting can co-occur. But, what do such terms mean, and does one buffer the other? When confronted with contradictory thoughts, behaviours, and ideas, it's easy to dip into a state of cognitive dissonance (When Cognitive Dissonance Leads To Gaslighting Ourselves, Scarlett Jess Perrodin,16 December 2021). There is a fine line between cognitive...

    Understanding radical acceptance and how it aids addiction recovery

    Many of us struggle to accept the traumas from our past or come to terms with challenging life events that trigger sorrow, pain, and heartache. Difficult experiences can be tempting to avoid but much harder to accept or forget. Thus many of us adopt specific coping skills that help to soften the blow or numb...