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  1. 02/02/2018

    A Letter To My Mugger

    By Bay Whitaker

    An exercise sometimes used in counselling is “The Unsent Letter”.  Wrting such a letter can help when something has happened that feels unfinished or...

  2. 02/05/2017

    A Reason to Run

    By Gill Wier

    Last week I watched the BBC documentary “Mind Over Marathon”. To test how effective exercise is in improving mental health, 10 people who have mental...

  3. 22/03/2017

    Mothering your inner child

    By Gill Wier

    At this time of year I often pause to remember those who find Mother’s Day hard.  While adverts encourage us to buy cards and make meals for our mums...

  4. 21/12/2016

    Our Top Tips for Reducing Stress this Christmas

    By Gill Wier

    Are you looking forward to a long break from work, time with extended family, gift giving and festive food?  Even for those of us who love Christmas i...

  5. 16/11/2016

    Just Ask: A 6-Step Method from Anger to Change

    By Bay Whitaker

    When in conflict with my loved ones, the things that often rile me the most are the behaviours that happen over and over again.  And like so many peop...

  6. 08/09/2016

    Managing strong emotions

    By Gill Wier

    Emotions are a universal human experience and they serve a useful function by indicating what is important to us and what we need to do to stay safe a...

  7. 29/07/2016

    Cultivating Gratitude

    By Gill Wier

    Pause for a moment and think back over your day so far….for which moment are you most grateful?  What difference would it make if you were able to...

  8. 27/05/2016

    Stuck at the Crossroads

    By Gill Wier

    Are you facing a difficult decision right now?  Perhaps you feel stuck in a job you don’t like and something is stopping you from taking the step of l...

  9. 18/01/2016

    Turning Conflict into Communication

    By Sarah Saatzer

    There are many things we are not taught at school or by our parents or the people around us. The trouble is that this can give us an unconscious or co...

  10. 02/11/2015

    The Benefits of Therapeutic Writing

    By Gill Wier

    “Have you tried writing it down? This is a question that I often ask clients, particularly when they are experiencing a complex range of thoughts a...

  11. 15/07/2013

    Sorry seems to be the easiest word

    By Bay Whitaker

    Are you someone who says ‘sorry’ a lot, even when it isn’t your fault? In our everyday lives we frequently find ourselves in minor misunderstanding...

  12. 11/05/2015

    What is mindfulness?

    By Gill Wier

    The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 11th – 17th 2015) is Mindfulness.  Gill Wier explains what mindfulness is and how it can h...

  13. 24/10/2018

    Compulsive Overeating: The First 3 Steps To Recovery

    By Gill Wier

    This post was contributed by Naomi Nygaard who specialises in working with eating issues and addiction. As a therapist, I specialise in helping peo...

  14. 06/12/2019

    Book Review - Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

    By Gill Wier

    I have just got round to reading Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig.  Published in 2015, it tells the story of his mental health breakdown aged 24 and...

  15. 11/12/2019

    How to cope with Election Anxiety

    By Gill Wier

    I don’t know about you but I’m finding my anxiety levels rising and negative thoughts running through my mind as we approach the general election this...

  16. 25/03/2020

    Adapting to the New Scenario - COVID 19

    By Gill Wier

    When I wrote a blog post about “what gives me hope” a few weeks ago I had no idea that my ability to hope was about to be so deeply challenged by the...

  17. 08/04/2020

    Quality Time, Alone Time

    By Sarah Saatzer

    In these unprecedented times, these very different times; we are all in different circumstances and yet most of us are experiencing immense change. So...

  18. 09/10/2020


    By Gill Wier

    So….it looks like this journey is going to take longer than we initially thought.  When we first went into lockdown at the end of March we had to quic...

  19. 19/01/2021

    Do it Badly

    By Gill Wier

    So, it’s the middle of January, in the middle of a pandemic - it’s not an easy time to make and keep New Year’s resolutions so I wanted to share what...

  20. 13/12/2021

    Let's talk about climate change

    By Gill Wier

    A few weeks ago during the COP26 conference, I watched a Panorama documentary about how extreme weather conditions are impacting people in different p...

  21. 16/09/2020

    To The Rescue

    By Bay Whitaker

    Are you someone who finds it difficult to see a colleague struggle with a task?  Do you often find yourself with a list of little extra jobs you’ve un...

  22. 09/08/2021

    Long Covid Summer

    By Bay Whitaker

    Nick Pearson from Sheffield Occupational Health Advisory Service writes about how Long Covid is affecting employees, and what to do about it. Hands...

  23. 14/07/2021

    On Guilt: Fact, Feeling or Both?

    By Bay Whitaker

    Guilt is a state that can be incredibly destructive to people.  And our clients often say that they're deepy troubled by feeling guilty. It can...

  24. 12/05/2021

    Low-Cost Counselling: supporting individuals on low income, couples on low income and NHS staff through tailored counselling sessions

    By Bay Whitaker

    It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in their life, whilst 1 in 6 people report experienc...

  25. 15/04/2021

    Garden Therapy: Growing Garlic

    By Taz Pasha

    Gardening is a helpful tool to help with mental health as well as keeping us physically moving.  This is important for older adults, as we become less...

  26. 24/01/2020

    Three Tips to help break your social media addiction

    By Bay Whitaker

    It was announced this month that the Royal College of Psychiatrists is calling for research into the effects of social media on mental health of young...

  27. 10/06/2022

    Matt Zarb-Cousin discusses Support for Problem Gamblers

    By Bay Whitaker

    Matt Zarb-Cousin is an activist, entrepreneur and recovering gambling addict.  While still in his 20s he successfully campaigned to have the legal max...

  28. 04/08/2022

    Working With Shadow

    By Bay Whitaker

    You have never murdered anybody, and you never will.  But you have wanted to.  Maybe you’ve fantasised about it or joked about it.  Maybe you’ve dream...

  29. 03/04/2023

    Dealing with Anxiety

    By Erin Loughery

    In the UK, anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders, with recent statistics stating that over 8 million people are experiencing an an...

  30. 04/08/2023

    Best Summer Reads 1: Non-Fiction

    By Bay Whitaker

    The summer holidays often provide us with the time to enjoy a good read, so we asked our counsellors to recommend books that are both enjoyable and th...

  31. 23/11/2023

    Executive Dysfunction - Why Sometimes You Just Can’t!

    By Alistair Thain

    Ever get that feeling when you want to be doing something, or maybe even should to be doing something, and for whatever reason you just can't? You...

  32. 24/04/2024

    The Comfort of Food

    By Bay Whitaker

    The Comfort of Food   These cold early spring days, I've been craving mashed potato!  I’m reminded of the important comforting properties of...

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