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.

The pandemic has meant we’ve all had to learn to live differently. One thing we haven’t been able to do for example is hug each other. It’s a small gesture that can mean so much. Physical contact with others is something many of us take a lot of comfort from. This article explores the impact […]

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This time lockdown in the UK has come in the depths of winter. The days are shorter, and the weather can make it harder to get outside, all of which can have a serious impact on your mental health. The Guardian has some suggestions on how to look after yourself and your mental health this […]

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If you’ve had a bad day (or even a bad week), you may find yourself feeling low and a bit down.  And it can sometimes be hard to get yourself out of that mindset. The link below will give you some suggestions on how to lift your mood, including chocolate! Each suggestion is something that […]

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Working from home can often seem attractive. All your own comforts close by, no bosses on your back. But the reality is that it can be a lot harder than people expect it to be. It takes a different kind of motivation, and the line between your home and your workplace becomes blurred. It’s something […]

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Being away at university can make you feel distant from family and friends at the best of times. But with Covid meaning we now have to do more and more things online, that feeling can be amplified. This article shares suggestions from students on how to help you cope. From setting routines to apps for […]

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We seem to be living in a state of flux at the moment, with lockdown being eased in some places, and reinforced in others. For those areas that are seeing things open up again, they tend to not be quite how we remember them due to safety measures put in place to stop any further […]

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The Covid 19 lockdown changed the way we live. Simple things like going out for a coffee or having a catch up with friends, were suddenly not an option. More and more aspects of life moved online, including therapy and counselling. It’s a very different experience, sharing your personal feelings and thoughts with someone online […]

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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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