Demystifying counselling ‘jargon’

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: This got me thinking about the counselling process and specifically the often unfamiliar language used. I … Continue reading Demystifying counselling ‘jargon’

Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

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

Trauma and the Brain

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

Balance – upping the ‘good’ and ‘positive’ news you see on social media…

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…

Gardening as self-care in the ‘Outdoor City’

Jeremy Corbyn has recently talked about how valuable he finds his allotment for keeping balance in his life and it was fascinating to read this article today about Barney Bardsley's experience of gardening as a way of keeping memories and connections to a loved one alive. It makes me wonder about all of the reasons … Continue reading Gardening as self-care in the ‘Outdoor City’

Using Tactile Objects in the Counselling Room

Recently I have been exploring anew what it can offer to us when we engage with more of our senses within the counselling room. One way in which I have been doing this within my own life has been through the use of tactile objects such as stones or shells. Allowing ourselves to unhurriedly notice the … Continue reading Using Tactile Objects in the Counselling Room


There are lots of mindfulness exercises which can help calm you and allow you to become more present in the moment. This can be especially useful at times when you might be feeling stressed, anxious or 'not really here' for whatever reason. I like to think of exercises like this as things you can have … Continue reading 5,4,3,2,1…

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