Counselling

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 10.06.2016 | 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 02.03.2016 | 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 18.01.2016 | 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 23.12.2015 | 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 22.12.2015 | 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 24.11.2015 | 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.

When You Think Your Therapist Does Not Understand You

Karin Sieger | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

The experience of not feeling understood, or feeling misunderstood in therapy is not uncommon. It may be felt in the first or early sessions or later on. Sometimes we may find that we are not well matched with our therapist or counsellor and that the chemistry is not working. But before settling for that explanation it might be worth considering some other possibilities.

10 Things You Should Know About Emotional Affairs

Suzi Godson | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Emotional affairs do not necessarily include sex and can even occur over the Internet between two people who have never met face to face, but the effects can be just as devastating to relationships as sexual affairs- sometimes even more so.

Flailing and Floundering

Charles Donovan | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charles Donovan

I keep collapsing into a ball of tears, mourning my father's departure (as far as euphemisms for death go, that one is bearable, don't you think?) back in September. It was followed swiftly by that of a close friend, Kate, an accomplished artist whose personal kindnesses to me had, over the years, become impossible to keep count of.

How Mindfulness Can Help People Affected by Cancer (Including Family, Friends, Carers)

Karin Sieger | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

You might have heard of 'Mindfulness'. A lot is talked and written about its usefulness. But like with so many things, it can feel like a daunting task and yet another thing to invest a lot of energy in, before it can be of any use. Well, it is not necessarily so. Let me explain a bit more.

Severe Weather - of the Emotional Kind

Karin Sieger | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Some of us have a very delicate, sensitive and finely tuned internal radar that picks up signs of danger. Others are more or less constantly tuned to the 'attack and defense channel', always ready to expect the worse, tense, anxious, highly irritable and stressed. Probably for good reason.

How To Make Your New Year's Resolutions Work (Better)

Karin Sieger | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Resolutions take determination, tenacity, strength and commitment. Too often we feel bad about ourselves or ashamed if we don't make it or delay a resolution. Whereas there is another way of looking at it.

How to Cope With Cancer at Christmas

Karin Sieger | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

A simple question. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Being affected by cancer this Christmas can come in many different ways. You, someone you know or are close to, may have just been diagnosed, may undergo or finish treatment.