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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. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 13/05/2014

    All About Anxiety

    By Gill Wier

    It’s Mental Health Awareness week (12th – 18th May 2014) and the focus this year is on raising awareness of anxiety.  Here is some information about a...

  6. 04/02/2015

    A Map for the Grief Journey - Worden's Four Tasks of Mourning

    By Gill Wier

    When someone close to you dies the range and intensity of emotions you feel can be overwhelming.  As we don’t talk much about death in our society man...

  7. 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...

  8. 09/10/2019

    New Students - How to Protect your Mental Well Being at University

    By Gill Wier

    If you have just started University, welcome to Sheffield!  This is a significant time of change in your life and it’s not surprising if you are feeli...

  9. 03/03/2020

    What gives me hope?

    By Gill Wier

    I have come to realise that the concept of hope is really important to me.  Hope is the fuel for my work as a counsellor.  It encourages and energises...

  10. 16/04/2020


    By Andy Whitehouse

    “I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” – Lady Gaga We all like to think of ourselves as being...

  11. 19/06/2020

    Why do I ALWAYS mess up?

    By Bay Whitaker

    Always?  Really?  That can’t literally be true.  In the branch of philosophy called logic, words like “always”, “never”, “nothing”, “everybody” are ca...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 24/09/2021

    Forest Bathing

    By Debjani Chatterjee

    Shinrin-yoku or ‘forest bathing’, started as a therapy in Japan, but is now growing in popularity all over the world. Unofficially, people have been p...

  15. 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...

  16. 13/10/2022

    The Archetype Of The Queen

    By Bay Whitaker

    The passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and all the pageantry surrounding her death made me think about the Queen Archetype.  What makes someone queenly...

  17. 17/03/2023

    Poorly Me

    By Bay Whitaker

    Recently, I was off work for a couple of days with a really nasty cold.  This led me to reflect on how I respond to being poorly, and what we can take...

  18. 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...

  19. 17/08/2023

    Best Summer Reads 2: Fiction

    By Bay Whitaker

    We asked our counsellors to recommend their favourite summer fiction: gripping yarns, rattling good tales and super escapist page-turners. Diana Gi...

  20. 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...

  21. 24/01/2024

    Book Review - Eight Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin, Gwen Schubert Grabb, & Babette Rothschild

    By Alistair Thain

    Eight Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder is a self-help style book which supports the readers to help themselves with their eating disorder, bot...

  22. 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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