Time to Talk
Time to Talk

6 February is the annual Time to Talk day, where the organisation Time to Change encourages mental health to be spoken about openly and transparently, in an attempt to knock down the walls surrounding mental health stigma. I’d like to focus on it...

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Sleep
Sleep

Sleep can cause mental health problems, and mental health problems can cause sleep disturbances; reading this highlights a vicious circle and that the need for us to self-care couldn’t be clearer. Benefits of quality sleep: Improved daily...

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First Impressions
First Impressions

I come to write this today off the back of a client review session, where although I’m changing the phrasing, I was told I’d been written off before I’d even been met by said client. This was less to do with my abilities, the counselling setting...

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Social Anxiety
Social Anxiety

We can sometimes be uncomfortable in social situations, whether it’s in a large group, people we don’t know, starting a new job, dating or being introduced to a friend’s friend. Sometimes it’s down to how we feel that day, what’s going on for us...

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Out of office notice
Out of office notice

I hope you all had a well-deserved break over Christmas and New Year. I wish you the best for 2020 and I hope that your self-care continues. With this in mind, please note that the service will be closed 7 January 2020 until 12 January 2020...

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Optimism
Optimism

Optimism combines the element of hope with the notion that it’s the best world that we can access right now; so straight away there is some balance between hope and acceptance of what is, which pessimists don’t tend to consider. Studies have...

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Responsibility
Responsibility

Last week I spoke about the PROM model for action against anxiety; specifically looking at Purpose. I’m moving on to Responsibility today: the ability to respond, a choice of response, the duty to deal with something or take control, of being...

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Purpose
Purpose

I’ve been reading more and more on anxiety as increasingly this is the main concern for most clients walking through the door at the moment. I blogged last week about the need for self-care at this time of year (and arguably all year round!) but...

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Mindful walking
Mindful walking

At this time of year you hear a lot about SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), low moods, the anticipation of Christmas and the positives and negatives that the festive season can bring. It’s a time of expectation and that can weigh heavy on our...

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