Born of Frustration…

Written by Catherine Betley, MD of Professional Help and GriefChat® At the risk of seriously dating myself, I’ll admit to being a child of the early ‘90s. As a teenager, I had fairly eclectic musical tastes and considered myself to be something of a rock/indie chick. Growing up in a northern town just a stone’s…

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Happy New Year?

Written by Joanna Barnard, Head of Counselling at Professional Help. If you’re feeling particularly blue this Monday, it would seem you’re not alone. Once upon a time, someone somewhere decreed that the third Monday in January was the most miserable day of the year. It’s not difficult to see the logic: post-Christmas, the lights have…

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Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018

Every day in the UK, 15 babies die during birth or shortly after. As well as my role managing our GriefChat service, I am also a bereavement care trainer for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. I go to hospitals and teach midwives, neonatal nurses and other health professionals how they can best care…

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What if every day was World Mental Health Day?

As another World Mental Health Day draws to a close, with all its hashtags, messages of solidarity and support, and the UK government announcing its appointment of a minister for suicide prevention, I find myself thinking: OK, but what happens tomorrow? I welcome any initiative that breaks down the stigma that has for too long…

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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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