Summer has drawn to a close, sunrise happens after 6am again, nights draw in before 8pm. It’s been a funny summer this year, the MET Office recently reported that the summer had been around 1°C warmer than average for the UK. Yet despite that in my local area it was also wetter and cloudier summer than is average, with approximately 50% more rainfall than the long-term average. Which consequently meant, 50% more cloud cover seen less of the sun than average. This got me wonde
Will going out today bring you fear or freedom? This weekend, I had an interesting experience watching the British Grand Prix, and it wasn’t because of the crash (though that was horrible to watch). It was because I was looking at a crowd of 140,000 people all together, not wearing masks. All part of the governments Event Research Programme, I realised in that moment, how anxious seeing such a large group of people, as making me. "But we've got to do it cautiously. We've got
Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 10-16 May 2021, and this year the focus is on the benefits of nature on our Mental Health. After 2020 a great deal of focus has been placed on the impact of lockdowns on our mental health. And, alongside that research came evidence to support our relationship with nature. A YouGov Poll found that 73% of people said that connecting to nature has been important in managing their mental health during the pandemic, and 34% of peop
The 2-8 December 2020 is National Grief Awareness Week, a campaign running for it's second year, in an effort to raise awareness of the impact of grief and loss on a national platform. Each day has a unique theme with the overall message of #ShareYourStory. Someone experiencing loss can often felt alone and isolated, and that has been magnified somewhat during the Covid19 crisis. The aim of #ShareYourStory is to try and and help with that sense of isolation. Sharing stories c
October 9th – 15th is Babyloss Awareness week across the world. During this week families commemorate the lives of their babies, lost in pregnancy or at or soon after birth, and share memories of the all too brief time they had together. It is a week to raise awareness of the losses which affects one in five families in the UK. The theme of this week this year, is isolation. Which is especially true at this time, due to this pandemic, this sense of isolation that people can f
One of the trickiest parts of counselling, is making the decision to reach out to a counsellor and make that first appointment. It can take a lot of courage to do it, counselling is a vulnerable experience by its very nature and so making that first appointment is no different. It may come after days, weeks, or perhaps even longer wondering if a counsellor might be able to help you. I try and make the process as comfortable as possible for you – this is what you can expect wh
Finding a moment of peace and clarity sometimes feel unattainable. It’s something searched for and often illusive. But moments can be found, nurtured and nourished. We find ourselves in very uncertain times. Our usual ways of being have been challenged and we don't have a certain sense of when things will begin to feel more stable. It is not unsurprising that as a result, people are feeling more anxious than usual. It is important to remember that feeling #anxious is normal.
Tips on how to feel confident in your choice Choosing who you work with is an incredibly important decision, it is a relationship that requires you to feel safe and comfortable, to be vulnerable and bring painful parts of yourself. Counselling much like our emotions can be a complex mix of joy and pain and all that is in between. “It is in the space between inner and outer world, which is also the space between people–the transitional space–that intimate relationships and cre