I work often with people who live with OCD and who struggle to explain what they experience to others. OCD thrives on silence and isolation, especially where this helps someone to develop and carry out their compulsions more...
I was thrilled last week to be part of the team (alongside Dr Emmie McFadden) to win first place in the Faculty of Development and Society (D&S) team awards at Sheffield Hallam University! We won in the category 'Building a Great University' for the well-being and mental health workshops and initiatives we have run within … Continue reading Sheffield Hallam University recognition for ‘Humanities Wellbeing Team’
Over the past month within my private practice I have been focusing on valuing the uniqueness of each individual I am privileged to work with. Whatever brings you to counselling, I will aim to help you feel valued, heard and understood. I can help you identify the challenges you are experiencing and empower you to … Continue reading Reflection on private practice…
I am really passionate about delivering proactive mental health and well-being training within workplaces. I have seen first hand what a difference it can make in terms of facilitating better communication between staff and management, encouraging openness and disclosure of issues at an earlier stage and sparking broader structural changes around workplace well-being. Recent research … Continue reading Mental Health and Wellbeing Training in the Workplace
I recently had the pleasure of delivering a great day of training to 6 staff members from the Humanities department of Sheffield Hallam University. The course attendees were primarily lecturers and readers working in the film studies and creative writing worlds, all of whom have close contact with students as part of their role. The course … Continue reading “Building Your Mental Health and Self-Care Toolkit” Course – Sheffield Hallam University
I recently read a thought provoking article published in The Guardian entitled 'How do you finish a phd when you don't feel you belong at university?'. In the article the author shares her experiences as a working class student within an academic system within which she has felt at times dis-empowered and within which she has … Continue reading Should counselling services in Universities be doing more?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) recently promoted their useful Key Facts document on what to expect from your first session with a counsellor. You can find it here. There is more useful information on their website: http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk This got me thinking about the counselling process and specifically the often unfamiliar language used. I … Continue reading Demystifying counselling ‘jargon’
Did you know that 1180 students dropped out of University courses early in 2014 - 2015 citing mental health reasons? This is up 210% from 2009 - 2010. The pressure that students can be under is huge and there can still be an awful lot of stigma attached to reaching out for help. It … Continue reading Student Mental Health and Wellbeing
Ever wondered how trauma and PTSD impacts the brain? Or noticed changes in someone around you who has experienced trauma? Or maybe you've had a traumatic experience yourself and want to understand a little more about the way in which it can impact? This is a brilliant, beautiful short animation that illustrates how it can … Continue reading Trauma and the Brain
Do you sometimes feel like all you read about on your social media stream is 'bad news'? Do you notice that has an effect on how you feel about the world around you...? Do you ever feel drained, disconnected or a 'compassion fatigue'? One simple thing that might help re-balance things is to follow some … Continue reading Balance – upping the ‘good’ and ‘positive’ news you see on social media…