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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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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In these extraordinary and troubling times, a lot of attention is (rightly) being paid to the ‘frontline’ services – those people who can’t work from home, who are working in our hospitals, our schools, pharmacies, food supply chain, postal service and more, to keep the country operating – often at great risk to themselves. As…

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Written by Joanna Williams, Head of Counselling at Professional Help. Mention counselling and most people have an idea of what it looks like. Many have experienced it: two people in the same room, the client sharing their problems by vocalising them, client and counsellor working together to find a way through. In light of the…

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(Or: is a one-off worth it?!) Written by Joanna Barnard, Head of Counselling at Professional Help. 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…

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It’s January. The excess, the parties, the catching up with family and friends over a bite to eat or a few drinks (or both!) is done for now and many of us find ourselves in the position where we have a few pounds to lose and possibly a few bad habits as well. You may…

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I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of my time these days talking about costs. I’m often asked about cost even before I’ve started to explain our services – how we work and what the benefits to our clients are. But “how much does it cost?” (to have a helpline service, a…

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