Mind-full or mindful? Argh or Ahh!

Mindfulness or the idea of being mindful, has been around for a long time but there are still a lot of misconceptions about it. A belief that it’s about emptying your mind or you need to be Buddhist or reach some special spiritual plain… First things first, you don’t need to be anyone special to… Continue reading Mind-full or mindful? Argh or Ahh!

What is person centred counselling?

Coming under the umbrella of humanistic counselling, person centred (PC) counselling was devised by psychologist, Carl Rogers. The idea behind PC theory is that the counsellor and the client work together to understand the client’s experience of themselves. In doing this, the self awareness and understanding this brings, the client is then able to change… Continue reading What is person centred counselling?

What is integrative counselling?

An integrative counsellor will work with their client to understand their needs and then combine different ideas from various therapeutic models. In merging different elements it means the counsellor works fleixbly depending upon each individual client. Integrative counselling is a relational approach, the client takes an active role in the direction of the therapy. True… Continue reading What is integrative counselling?

The high prevalence of anxiety in neurodivergent individuals

With Mental Health Awareness Week (themed around anxiety) draws to a close, many people will hang up their hats for a year, but it doesn’t stop for those living with anxiety. I’m a counsellor specialising in supporting neurodivergent individuals. I want to draw attention to their specific difficulties with anxiety. For those, with or without… Continue reading The high prevalence of anxiety in neurodivergent individuals

Anxiety—a normal emotion, out of control!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 runs from 15th-21st May and is themed around anxiety. Search Google for “anxiety” and you’ll immediately be faced with details about what disordered anxiety looks like. But anxiety is a completely normal emotion and it’s important we don’t lose sight of this! It’s normal to feel anxious about: Anxiety tells… Continue reading Anxiety—a normal emotion, out of control!

Empathy not sympathy: the vital essence of counselling

If I sympathise with you I would stand at a distance and say I feel sorry for you. This may help if I’m a friend or family member. It may be helpful for me to acknowledge that you’re going through a bad time but it has no impact on me. If I show empathy for… Continue reading Empathy not sympathy: the vital essence of counselling