News and Views

On this page I’ll be sharing some of the news, trends and services that have caught my attention, as well as my views on key topics.

If your counselling has moved to either telephone or online counselling due to the lockdown, you might be finding it a bit harder to connect with. This article by mental health writer Rebecca Morgan has some great tips to help make you feel more comfortable with telephone or online counselling, until we can resume meeting […]

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While we are all in lockdown, face-to-face counselling is no longer an option. More and more counsellors (including myself) are now using online video channels to keep working with clients on a one-to-one basis. The key principles of counselling still apply, but there are other elements to consider when you move online. This guide shares […]

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In these difficult times, making sure you look after your mental health isn’t always easy. Our normal way of life has been turned upside down, and it can be hard to keep up. But it is crucial that you do what you can to maintain your mental health. First Psychology have created a great resource […]

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If you are looking to volunteer some of your time to help those who need it during the Coronavirus epidemic, this article from The Guardian has suggestions on where you can start. From helping with local charities to supporting the NHS, your support during these difficult times will be hugely valuable. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/27/coronavirus-and-volunteering-how-can-i-help-in-the-uk

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With everyone now having to stay at home, the issue of how to study is a real one for recently returning students. This articles gives some simple suggestions from online students and tutors on how to get yourself set up and continue studying effectively away from campus. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/mar/26/how-to-study-at-home-during-coronavirus-by-online-students-and-tutors  

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What a fantastic approach this is. When Rachel Wilson lost her Mum, she couldn’t find a support group that she felt worked for her. So she set up her own. The Grief Network is set up to to help those experiencing ‘Millenial Grief’, young people in early adulthood who have lost their parents. After the […]

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Deciding that you want to talk to someone about your mental health is a big step. Deciding who the best person to speak to isn’t easy to answer if you don’t know what might be best for you. This article looks at the role of the therapist, counsellor and life coach, explaining where each might […]

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It’s now a year since I moved to Exeter from Edinburgh where I lived and worked as a counsellor for 11 years, so I thought I would celebrate this milestone anniversary and share a few of my thoughts. What a full year this has been, full of exciting challenges and new beginnings. establishing myself in […]

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