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Who are you?

Who are you? Something every human has in common is that we all come from somewhere. That somewhere is unique to every individual, as we traverse the experience of life which is marked by people,….

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Your Mental Health Matters!

Your Mental Health Matters! It might seem strange to have a title like this. It perhaps seems so obvious, it appears superfluous in this day and age, doesn’t it go without saying, that your mental….

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Curiosity in the Therapy room

Curiosity in the therapy room Don’t read the rest of this blog! You kept on reading, didn’t you? Why didn’t you stop? Perhaps you are just being nosy. Or perhaps it’s our natural curiosity that….

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How can I help someone battling depression?

How can I help someone battling depression? Your life will have been impacted by depression, whether through personal experience or vicariously through someone else. It is pervasive and is no respecter of persons. Descriptions of….

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How Can I Trust My Feelings

How can I trust my feelings? This is a common question expressed not just in the affordable therapy room, but has been something I’ve wrestled with for many years. The easy and perhaps, most honest….

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Chatting: More Than Just Talk

Chatting: More Than Just Talk The 7 C’s of Caring Conversations We’ve all been there – caught in a chat that feels more like small talk than a real conversation. With so much going on….

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The Importance of Understanding Love Languages

The Importance of Understanding Love Languages If you’ve ever felt misunderstood or like you’re not quite clicking with someone you care about, this blog post might just be the insight you’ve been searching for. Here,….

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Coping in the midst of a storm

Coping in the midst of a storm ‘How so?’ ‘You look big, strong, and reliable. But the problem with oak trees is that if the storm is big enough their very strength becomes their weakness….

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A Safe Space – A Therapists Journey

A Safe Space – A Therapists Journey At sixteen years old, I was terrified of so many things. In the previous year, my world had fallen apart following the death of my father and I….

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The Power of Therapy

The Power of Therapy Maintaining good mental health is vital in today’s fast-paced world. When facing challenges and emotional struggles, therapy offers valuable support. In this article, we explore the benefits of therapy and its….

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Is any life too broken?

Is any life too broken? My psychotherapy journey started 4yrs after I’d been bereaved. My husband Martin died of cancer in Sept 2013; I knew my grief would be grim & I was not disappointed…..

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Life After Death? – a bereaved parent’s perspective on grief

Life After Death? – a bereaved parent’s perspective on grief This is not my first blog about the grief experienced by the loss of a child. On reflection, that piece was somewhat generic and so,….

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What Is Gaslighting and how it affects you

What Is Gaslighting and how it affects you Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which the abuser seeks to instil self-doubt and confusion in their victim’s mind. You don’t have to be someone’s….

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New Year, New Beginnings

New Year, New Beginnings Once the mayhem of Christmas day is over and the last of the turkey is gone, thoughts start to drift to the New Year. Conversations open up to the topics of….

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Meeting in the Middle with your Therapist

The first time I met my therapist I was filled with feelings of anxiety, apprehension, and curiosity. I sought therapy for several reasons and hoped I would find ways to understand myself better. I regarded the….

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Witnessing trauma through the psychoanalytic lens

Witnessing trauma through the psychoanalytic lens Trauma can sit deep in the individual and collective psyche. Countless armed conflicts, violent crimes against individuals and groups, natural and man-made disasters, global warming, pandemics, massive displacements –….

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One Small Decision Changed Everything

One Small Decision Changed Everything The hardest thing about change is making the change happen The hardest thing about change is making the change happen. It’s not easy, it can take time and you need….

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Parenting Trauma. Not always a fairy tale.

Parenting Trauma. Not always a fairy tale. Did anyone hear of a therapeutic parent before? Well, let me explain. The term Therapeutic Parenting was first used by Dr Daniel. A. Hughes, a Clinical Psychologist from….

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From Inpatient to Therapist. An Unexpected Journey

From Inpatient to Therapist. An Unexpected Journey Spending time as an inpatient. Sometimes life draws you into situations that you never thought you’d be in. Spending time as an inpatient in a psychiatric ward for….

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The Power of Disclosure

The Power of Disclosure When a client described an experience that evoked not only familiarity but reactive physical sensations, it was not only a bit of a coincidence but a huge revelation. When I was….

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Transitioning and the Grief Process

Transitioning and the Grief Process ‘There’s something I need to tell you…… I don’t feel like a boy, I think I’m a girl. At the age of 38, these are the words my sister chose….

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Managing Your Inner Critic

Managing Your Inner Critic Every one of us consists of a multitude of ‘parts’. The part that is a parent, a team member or even a guilty part of you. Then there is the inner….

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Perfectionism – the enemy of good?

Perfectionism – the enemy of good? Voltaire, the French writer and philosopher, observed that ‘Perfect is the enemy of the good.’ This might seem to be an odd observation. Surely, the idea of perfection is….

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Resilience Part Two

Resilience Part Two In my last blog, I discussed resilience in mental health, what it means, and some ways we can think about it. Today I will look at some more practical things we can….

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Resilience

Resilience Resilience in mental health can take many forms, we can think of it as fortitude that can be applied to a person’s mental health and wellbeing. Resilience can be thought of as a capacity….

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Dyslexia and Mental Health

Dyslexia and Mental Health Writing a self-reflecting blog can be difficult for most to do but when your dyslexic, this brings added challenges. I felt it was time to discuss mental health and dyslexia and….

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The Christmas Survival Guide

The Christmas Survival Guide Christmas can be a wonderful time with the family but for many. It can also be a time fraught with stress conflict and anxiety. It is very rare that families spend….

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What is depression and how can counselling help?

What is depression and how can counselling help? We have all experienced feeling sad or having a low mood which is a normal part of everyday life. When a feeling like this lasts for a….

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A group therapy perspective on secrecy and confidentiality

A group therapy perspective on secrecy and confidentiality Group Anxiety Group therapy is a potent form of counselling. Support groups and other types of psychosocial groups meet for nearly every type of illness, problem area….

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The Menopause and Mental Health

The Menopause and Mental Health As it’s the week in which the Menopause is recognised globally with its own official day, it seems fitting to discuss its impact on mental health.  From a medical perspective,….

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Top 10 Tips for dealing with anxiety

Top 10 Tips for dealing with anxiety We explored what anxiety was in our recent blog post. Now we are going to look at some useful strategies to help cope with anxiety. Anxiety is a….

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The Effects of the Menopause in the Workplace

The Effects of the Menopause in the Workplace In the UK, around two million women aged over 50 have difficulties at work due to their menopause symptoms and it is estimated that one in 20….

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Can Couples Counselling Save my Marriage?

Can Couples Counselling Save my Marriage? Relationship or marriage counselling is a relatively new branch of the counselling profession. It has grown in popularity over the last so years as more people seek help for….

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What is Group Therapy

What is Group Therapy?  Group Therapy is a very useful way for people to meet in a safe environment where they can share any problems they may be experiencing. Typically, groups are made up of….

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How can counselling help my anxiety

How can counselling help my anxiety What is anxiety? Approx 25% of the UK population have difficulties with their mental health. The most common problems are anxiety and depression. Anxiety is the most common presentation….

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Counselling or Psychotherapy?

Counselling or Psychotherapy? I am well placed to answer this question. I have completed training to qualify as a counsellor. I am also roughly halfway through my training to become a psychotherapist. I have also….

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Menopause – what’s all the fuss about?

Menopause – what’s all the fuss about? It’s 2024 and women are only daring to talk openly about the menopause. An expected transition that was predominately called being in ‘the change’. I can remember as a young….

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What is an Employee Assistance Program?

What is an Employee Assistance Program? The business world is going through enormous changes post-Covid 19 and employees are finding it difficult to cope as they emerge from the pandemic. This is where a well-organised….

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My road to becoming a therapist

My road to becoming a therapist I had my first experience as a client in therapy as a terrified fifteen year old. I had recently been through a severely traumatic event and was referred to….

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What is Couples Counselling?

What is Couples Counselling? Our intimate relationships have the capacity to be the source of our greatest support but also our greatest stress. Couples counselling, (or relationship counselling or marriage counselling) is a brief intervention….

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Low Cost Counselling – What’s it all about?

Low Cost Counselling – What’s it all about? The UK Counselling Network CIC provides low cost counselling and affordable psychotherapy to clients nationwide. We are passionate about helping people overcome the common barriers to therapy;….

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The lonely grief of bereaved parents

The lonely grief of bereaved parents Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can feel….

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Men, Mental Health and the Therapy Room

Men, Mental Health and the Therapy Room There are many stereotypes globally that men should not cry.  We only have to look at the macho characters portrayed on the big screen and the typical stereotypes….

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The Complexity of Mental Health in the UK

The Complexity of Mental Health in the UK What is mental health? Someone described as having good mental health would be a person who can feel, think and act positively to their emotional, psychological, and….

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