Counselling

Out Of The Darkness, Into The Light

Vic Lennard | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Vic Lennard

The three months I spent with the counsellor changed everything. She unpeeled my life like an onion, layer by layer, and got to the root of my continual anger. Although my parents both died within six months of the counselling, and I never really rebuilt my relationships with them, I bear no malice to either of them. My anger towards them has fully subsided.

Children Must Be A Priority For New Government

Matthew Reed | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

Whether you love politics, loathe it, or are indifferent, the outcome of last week's General Election matters. MPs decisions can have a big impact upon people's lives, including those of the children and young people we look out for at The Children's Society. So I am heartened by reports that more young people aged 18-24 voted this time.

Why Coping Is Overrated: How Therapy Helped Me Through My Mother's Death

Angela Brightwell | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Brightwell

Every Wednesday lunchtime, for about a year, I sloped off from my office desk, alone. Away from the shiny soulless glass buildings of Canary Wharf, towards the fishy world of Billingsgate Market, and the little bobbing private narrowboats of the marina.

When Adoption, Attachment, Autism And ADHD Collide

Laura Morrissey | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Morrissey

Eric now proudly holds many labels, non of which fully encapsulate him. The autism label helps him have 4 hours 1:1 support once a week, the ADHD gives him medication that helps to calm down his busy brain, allowing him to think before he acts - most of the time.

The UK's Couple Relationships: Happy, Or Swimming Against The Tide?

Anna Darnell Bradley | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Anna Darnell Bradley

Our research demonstrates just how crucial our couple relationships are. While good quality partnerships are hugely positive forces in our lives, they are equally not immune from pressure. Policy makers must do more to offset the impact of such stressors, and ensure we all have the tools and confidence to reach out for support when we need it.

Importance Of Support This Time To Talk Day

Heidi Riedel | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Heidi Riedel

Time to Change is a great campaign and over recent years has generated a measurable shift in people's attitudes to mental health problems, with almost 100,000 pledging to do their bit to end mental health stigma.

10 Things Your Friend With Anxiety Needs From You

Stephanie Bushell | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Bushell

1.) If you know about my anxiety, it means I trust you - so please treasure that. It's not something I give away easily. Anxiety is invisible so I can keep if from people if I choose - other excuses can step in if needed. But if I tell you the truth instead of an excuse then you are special. Thank you for making me feel safe enough to tell you.

From The Archers To X Factor, Mental Health Support Is Key For Domestic Abuse Survivors

Heidi Riedel | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Heidi Riedel

Over the years many British soaps have tackled the issue of domestic violence but I don't think any have generated as much interest- and as many headlines- as The Archers has of late.

Jeremy Hunt, You Need to Sort Out the Mental Health Service - Now!

Suzanne Day | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Politics
Suzanne Day

What I am going to write in this post isn't going to shock people. There is no big revelation hidden within it. But I have come to the conclusion that if Jeremy Hunt isn't constantly nagged about the state of the Mental Health Service in England, nothing is actually going to be done about it.

Would Online Therapy Help Us Cope With the Current Mental Health Crisis

Keavy Lynch | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Keavy Lynch

Bravery comes in many forms. We need to be brave enough to admit that some battle wounds are the invisible ones we carry every day, brave enough to seek help and no longer suffer in silence, brave enough to admit that more needs to be done in terms of NHS mental health funding, or brave enough to lead the way in research and technology for future therapies.

The Moment That Taught Me Not to Fear Depression

Karin Sieger | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Depression can be frightening. Often we can doubt whether it will ever get better. Being told that it can, is what we want to hear - even if we may find it hard to believe. Being told that we are the one, who has to take responsibility and do something about it, is not something we may want to hear.

Why CBT Alone Does Not Help in a Crisis

Karin Sieger | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

From experience, I find that for this well proven technique to work best certain other boxes need to be ticked first. We need to be emotionally and mentally ready for CBT. Confused? Let me explain.

What It Feels Like to Have a Breakdown

Alice Speirs | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Speirs

I don't use the term breakdown lightly. In fact there is still some doubt in my mind as to what I actually went through, (breakdown was used by my counsellor), but I know that it was big. I suppose I use a variety of terms to do with my mental health rather interchangeably; emotional instability, unhappiness, depression; for me they are all aspects of the same thing.

Academies and the Mental Health Crisis in England's Schools

Craig Thorley | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Craig Thorley

As the number of academies has grown, so too has the amount of variation in exactly what kind of services schools are required to provide to pupils. This will make it increasingly difficult for the government to respond to calls for things like better mental health provision in our schools.

Why 'D-day' Doesn't Always Stand for 'Divorce'

Penny Mansfield | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Mansfield

It's no surprise that many couples fall out during the festive season: the longed-for break from work can suddenly feel like being under house arrest, minor issues become magnified, too much booze leads to loosened tongues which can lead to rows...

Domestic Violence: Women Need Psychological Support Not Just Protection

Heidi Riedel | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK
Heidi Riedel

In terms of the support women need, there are very practical and vital services women need to escape from domestic violence and to protect themselves. Women need safe refuge for both themselves and, where necessary, their children. They also need an understanding and effective police force

Why It Is Important to Explore Alternate Avenues of Improving Mental Health

David Ready | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
David Ready

Publicity has been central to raising awareness of the issue and bringing the conversation about mental health forward. Social media channels, campaigns and key celebrity figures have highlighted this change in thinking, which continues to be overlooked by the government.

Is Contentment an Inside Job? How to Successfully Navigate Divorce

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 13.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Leeanne Boulton

This discontentment may take the shape of anger, resentment or even rage or, on the other side of emotional scale, be experienced in the form of sadness, despair or depression. It's important to acknowledge that these feelings are normal, and most importantly temporary.

Dear Weirdos: You Are Loved, You Are Valued, You Are Amazing

Stephen Donnan | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Donnan

It took a long time for me to realise, with the help of counsellors at the Rainbow Project and Lifeline (two fantastic resources that I was able to use to save my own life) that I am loved, I am valued and I am as deserving of happiness as anyone else. But it has to start with accepting yourself first.

Low Self-Esteem: How to Change the Broken Record

Karin Sieger | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

We all carry in us a critical voice, which can give a running commentary full of frightening self doubt, shame, crushing condemnation and dissatisfaction. A voice, which has high standards and can never be pleased, is always on guard, which anticipates failure and humiliation.

The New Model for Responding to Domestic Abuse

Polly Neate | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Polly Neate

By listening to women, identifying their resources and their needs, and working with them to achieve the best possible outcomes for themselves and their children, we can provide help earlier and make sure its effects actually last.

#IGetCounselling: Time for this chick to Find a Counsellor

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

Counselling isn't all lying on couches in dark rooms with pointed-nosed, sharp-spectacled counsellors. It's just talking. Talking with a professional who is trained to not only hear, but to actually listen, and offer some thoughts that are at this point in time, alien.

The Stories We Live By

Joel Tennant | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joel Tennant

My sessions of talk therapy back at university helped my story telling. Every week, I'd walk through one of the colleges, past the restaurant where students were sitting and laughing with each other, past the duck pond where the college cat was watching hungrily from behind the bushes, to a door tucked away behind a wall -- Counselling.

The Dilemma of Public Vs Private Mental Health Care

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

So having being dealt disappointing cards by the NHS that left me defiant in my plea to never attend therapy and reluctant to trust anybody again, a few years later I was ushered into private therapy.

Living With Mild Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Conor Penn | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

I can't remember a time in which I wasn't obsessed with my appearance. There is a harsh, vindictive little critic who sits on my shoulder and breathes his bile into my ear incessantly... He tells me I'm grossly overweight, unattractive, and undesirable. He turns my head towards every reflective surface and excoriates every lump, bump, crease and curve, imagined or otherwise... I no longer feel I have any concept of what I actually look like.