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Life After a Break Up Part 2

Life After a Break Up Part 2

Last time we touched upon some of the more direct and practical actions you could take immediately after the end of a relationship. Once those steps are taken, it is time to process and work through the emotions that can linger for a long time after a break up, and how you can best handle the feelings of loss and move onto a state of acceptance. Loss Try not to think about the time you spend together as lost, it was an experience you can all too readily build on for the future. Do not diminish or underestimate the amazing things you did at that time. Rather...
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Suicide Prevention: How you can help

Suicide Prevention: How you can help

Suicide is in the news a lot at the moment. We hear from public figures talking candidly about their experiences. Bravely sharing how, whilst gripped by depression, thoughts of suicide became a real threat to their life. The sad and untimely death of Robin Williams who took his own life highlights the private and tortured mind behind the public face. The emotional pain (the driver for suicidal thoughts) was just too much to cope with. His ‘exit from stage left’ marked by an unanswered question – why? For every person who takes their own life, there are...
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Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

Eating Disorders Awareness week is here! It’s running from Monday 23rd February to Sunday 1st March and it is a time to raise awareness and improve understanding about eating disorders across the UK. You may be reading this and know someone who has an eating disorder. Or possibly you yourself have eating issues and are feeling a bit stuck and helpless in what to do. This could be your week to get the information and support you need to begin to address your eating problem or support a loved one as they begin to consider change. It has to be one of the most...
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Are you a Distressed Diabetic?

Are you a Distressed Diabetic?

Are you diabetic and feeling down about it? Do you ask “why me”? You could be suffering from diabetic distress. A recent survey, led by Dr. Barbara Anderson, a professor of pediatrics and psychology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, shows that diabetics are more prone to distress and are twice as likely as non-diabetics to become depressed. Read about the full study in Baylor College of Medicine News. What causes this Diabetic distress? Having to prick your finger to check your blood sugar levels, taking your insulin four to...
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Postnatal Depression: What it is and How to Deal With it

Postnatal Depression: What it is and How to Deal With it

Estimates suggest that between five and ten percent of women suffer from postnatal depression after having a baby. It's normal to have what’s known as the ‘baby blues’ to some degree in the days and weeks after the birth, this generally involves feeling more tearful and vulnerable than usual and doesn’t last very long. When these feelings become persistent and are joined by other symptoms, then postnatal depression may be diagnosed. Unfortunately, due to the misconception that postnatal depression means not bonding with your baby many women don’t realise...
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Beating 'Blue Monday'

Beating 'Blue Monday'

Today is allegedly ‘Blue Monday’, the gloomiest day of the year. Workers are being asked to dress in flamboyant colours in their offices to help them overcome the January blues. Mental Health Research UK says we should let loose with bright patterns and fabrics on 'Blue Monday', renamed 'Blooming Monday' by the campaigners - a spot of ‘wearapy’ as some therapists call it. The idea is to lift our collective mood and raise awareness of depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), as well as raise money to combat mental health issues. SAD is a...
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What you Need to Know About Counselling for Children

What you Need to Know About Counselling for Children

I am sometimes asked, why can’t just any psychotherapist or counsellor work with children? Why do I need to look for somebody with specialist training? My answer would be, whilst any fully qualified adult psychotherapist or counsellor may choose to work with children and young people, there are particular differences in therapeutic work with children and adults that require different skills and experience. Some differences between adults, children and adolescents are obvious, but the needs and expressions of these age groups are distinctly different. As well...
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Silver Circle: A Support Network for the Later Stages of Life

Silver Circle: A Support Network for the Later Stages of Life

Aged 50 and at the height of my former career, I was one day informed that I had become ‘surplus to requirements’ and without warning made redundant. I felt then that I had been stripped of my sense of identity, my sense of purpose and everything I thought I had known about the world. That shocking experience is the base metal from which Silver Circle has been formed. Having re-trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist, my work has since been primarily with adults on a one-to-one basis; in the process I have found it particularly rewarding to work with people who,...
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Why Counsellors are so Busy at Christmas

Why Counsellors are so Busy at Christmas

Although Christmas is a festive period it's not always a happy time for everyone. Some people really struggle with life in December, perhaps more-so than at any other time of the year. As a result it is quite a common time for people to seek out a counsellor and start having counselling. This is partly because of the widespread preconceptions that we have about Christmas and the New Year, that this whole period should be a happy, sparkly, carefree time for socialising and celebrating with friends and family. But if the reality of our lives doesn't match...
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What is Music Therapy?

What is Music Therapy?

What is music therapy? Depending on many things, including my energy levels and perception of the openness of the questioner, this question can elicit from me a breadth of reactions. It's the one most often posed to me, since my decision to train as a music therapist five years ago. It's one for which the answer has since mutated into many fluid variations and continues to be re-defined for me. To a stranger, I will answer, “using music to help others”. To an interested colleague however, the answer is more complex, as music therapy is not one unified...
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