I was recently asked to write about five things I wish people knew about grief, by the wonderful lifedeathwhatever.com who are working to open up conversations about death and dying. Their campaign, #FiveThings is a collection of the five things that Life. Death. Whatever. collaborators want people to know about life, death and everything in…

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Mother’s Day can be an unwelcome time of year for a lot of people. If you’re estranged from your mother or don’t have a good relationship; if you are having difficulty with fertility; and of course, if you are grieving the loss of a mother or a child, or supporting children who have lost their…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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