In support of others

This #mentalhealthmonday, lets talk about our loved ones. Supporting those we’re close to is a big topic that requires a lot of care, so I’ll likely make several posts on this topic. We can start, though, on what to do when we notice changes in our loved ones, and asking if they’re okay. Sometimes weContinue reading “In support of others”

What is: School refusal?

This one is for the parents! School refusal is when kids don’t want to go to school. For their own reasons, going to school is distressing to them, causing them anxiety or distress, so they try to avoid going to school School refusal differs from truancy, in that the motivation is more directed by anxietyContinue reading “What is: School refusal?”

Self-compassion – you deserve it

“Have compassion for yourself as well as others.” This #mentalhealthmonday, lets talk about self-compassion. Imagine, for a moment, that you could be as giving, caring and understanding of yourself as you are of your loved ones. Often, we can be so understanding and forgiving of others, but brutal critics of ourselves. We come to beatContinue reading “Self-compassion – you deserve it”

What Is: Person-Centred Counselling?

Person-centred counselling, or person-centred therapy, is a style of therapy that focuses strongly on the client’s experience and expertise with their life. Rather than seeking to explain unconscious drives and forces, the therapist and the client work together and form a therapeutic alliance. Carl Rogers founded the person-centred counselling style, putting him up there withContinue reading “What Is: Person-Centred Counselling?”

Being lost as a teenager

I remember being lost as a teenager. There’s so much pressure, school, friendships, relationships. Everyone asking “what do you want to do after school?”, or “what are you doing at uni?” So much pressure is put on teenagers to think about their future when they have so much on right now. I can’t imagine theContinue reading “Being lost as a teenager”

Reach out? Or let in?

Are you strong enough to reach out? To let someone in? You are? I knew you could be. It’s hard. Its a different sort of challenge – to learn that there are people that you can let your guard down for. To let them in and know you as you feel you are. Leaving ourContinue reading “Reach out? Or let in?”

Things that inspire me #1

I was asked recently about something that inspires me. And I struggled with a response because I find inspiration in so much. So this’ll be a series in no real order of significance. Learning to find inspiration in, and appreciate, many things, is a potent and empowering practice. Today I am inspired by the thoughtfulnessContinue reading “Things that inspire me #1”

When fear is the compass for your passion

“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art. Every time I listen to Pressfield I hear something I needed to hear.Continue reading “When fear is the compass for your passion”

More than treatment

There’s an expectation that counselling has to be about treating a mental health condition. While this is part of it, there’s a whole lot more that we can do in the space. The beauty of the counselling room is that, with few exceptions, anything goes. It can be a room (or a Zoom) where youContinue reading “More than treatment”