The New Year is hopefully the opportunity for many of us to start afresh, to reflect on the year gone past and to look optimistically ahead to the new. But no sooner have we got going then Blue Monday is upon us with its negative vibes trying to make us feel sad, bad and downright…

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Self care seems to be everywhere at the moment. You don’t need to look far on any social media platform to find dozens of people extolling what they do for their self care. I frequently post on this important topic as I feel it’s so vital to our individual well-being to make sure we’re looking…

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Last week was International Stress Awareness Week and in our first blog we looked at the nature of stress, how it manifests itself and the signs to look out for. Our second blog now, crucially, looks at what we can do about stress and how to prevent it becoming a major threat to our wellbeing.…

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It’s International Stress Awareness Week and in the midst of what can seem like a slew of awareness weeks, days and events, you could be forgiven for asking do we really need this one – after all, we all know what stress is, right? Well, maybe that’s part of the problem. Stress is one of…

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10th September each year is observed as World Suicide Prevention Day, with the aim of raising awareness about suicide and reducing the number of deaths by suicide.   We all need to improve our knowledge and empathy around suicide and one way to do this is to address some of the common misunderstandings and myths that still…

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Written by Joanna Williams, Head of Counselling at Professional Help. One of the most effective questions I’ve found to ask clients who present with a scenario on which they want advice is, “What would you say if your best friend asked you the same thing?” Very often this comes up when working with relationship issues…

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When we think of sudden and traumatic death, we think probably of deaths by murder, suicide or accident. We might think of a sudden heart attack that was instantaneous and completely unforeseen. But of course, many different types of loss may be traumatic for the people left behind. Even when a death is ‘expected’, it’s…

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Joanna Williams, Head of Counselling at Professional Help As the UK enters its fourth week of Coronavirus lockdown, with the population only leaving home for essential work, exercise, food or medication, relationships are inevitably beginning to feel the strain. Many of us are acutely missing loved ones we can’t see at the moment, and as…

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Written by Joanna Williams, Head of Counselling at Professional Help. Anxiety is normal. It is a natural response to a threat, real or perceived; its symptoms are part of our brain’s in-built ‘fight, flight or freeze’ mechanism, and in small doses and in the right circumstance, serves the evolutionary purpose of keeping us alert to…

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When we think of talking therapies, we very often think of a series of sessions taking place between client and counsellor, face-to-face in a room, over a period of weeks, sometimes months or even years. As those of us who have experienced this work first hand, in either or perhaps both of the ‘chairs’, can…

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