Let’s talk about death

This blog was written by our Head of Counselling, Joanna Williams. Not only is she a fabulous therapist and manager, she is also a superb writer. Check out her author page at https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/joanna-barnard/1077155/    Let’s talk about death   I’ve been thinking about death a lot recently.   Just saying that to people has been…

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Vulnerability in therapy

This guest blog was written by Professional Help Associate Counsellor Amrit Sagoo; MA (Existential Psychotherapy), MNCS (Accred); MBACP (Reg). Vulnerability in therapy “What happens when people open their hearts?” “They get better.”  – Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood Opening your heart in therapy takes courage. It is not easy. It is not easy sitting in the client’s chair for your first…

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The Reluctant Hypnotherapist

This guest post was written by Professional Help’s Head of Counselling Joanna Williams; MA, Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, MNCS (Accred), MNHS.   The Reluctant Hypnotherapist   Back in Autumn 2013, I found myself sitting in a circle of people in a hotel conference room, at the beginning of the thirty classes and three…

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Bearing Witness in the Aftermath of Violence

This guest post was written by one of our wonderful Associate Counsellors Amrit Sagoo; MA (Existential Psychotherapy), MNCS (Accred); MBACP (Reg). Bearing witness in the aftermath of violence I work with stories, stories that are often dark and despairing as they understandably would be in the aftermath of violence. Yet I know through my work…

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GriefChat

      We are pleased and proud to announce the launch of our new service ‘GriefChat‘. Griefchat is a way of connecting bereaved people directly to bereavement counsellors through a live chat programme, hosted on ANY website. We’ve developed this service as we know that so many organisations and businesses would like to provide…

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We need to talk about suicide.

Being something of an ageing rock chick, I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear yesterday of the suicide of Chris Cornell, ‘grunge’ rock pioneer from the early ‘90s and one of my teenage (and beyond!) personal heroes. Here was a man with the world at his feet. Rich beyond most of our wildest dreams,…

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About Employee Assistance

What is an Employee Assistance Programme? An Employee Assistance Programme is a way of ensuring that your staff members can access advice and support when they need it most. Our EAP offers employees a listening ear and a practical, down to earth source of support for any issue that is affecting their mental wellbeing and…

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Musings for Funeral Businesses…

(This post was originally written for an industry blog, but will hopefully be of interest to others in funeral and end of life care organisations). Do you sometimes wish you could do more for bereaved families? Not in the sense of the actual funeral arrangements, which naturally will be carried out to the best of…

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Communicating With Bereaved People

The do’s and don’ts of communicating with bereaved people Building on the previous post, here are our ‘top tips’ for communicating with bereaved people. DO’S DO show that you know what has happened: say how sorry you are, by letter or phone or as soon as you next see them. Sometimes a handshake or a…

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