With New Year round the corner many of us may be thinking of making a resolution. The cultural significance we attach to New Year can be helpful in giving us a psychological boost – some extra impetus to stick to a diet, cut down on cigarettes or cycle to work for example.
It’s good to make the most of an opportunity that only comes round once in a while, but it’s also important that we don’t let it become an emotional burden. Like everything in life, we can get much more benefit if we take our individual circumstances and needs into account and set realistic goals for ourselves.
The next UK National TA Conference is taking place in Edinburgh, from Friday 10th – Sunday 12th April 2015. The event is being sponsored by the STAA & UKATA.
I’ve been to several UK National Conferences & several Scottish TA Conferences, & have absolutely loved the experience! It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, network & attend some fabulous workshops!
Why not take a look at Blackpool 2014 to get a feel for the event…
As Christmas is on its way again I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the many ways it can affect us. Our culture defines Christmas as a joyful time to be spent with family or friends, and to an extent this can often be true, but even in the best circumstances we might have trouble coping with the anxiety and stress it causes.
There are so many of us who are having trouble making ends meet throughout the year and perhaps have children we need to buy for, or who have lost contact with our families and are spending Christmas alone. For those of us who go back home for Christmas there can be enormous challenges to face, difficult family relationships to navigate, or painful reminders of childhood trauma.
For the next few months I’ll be offering a 10% discount on block bookings! Please get in touch if you think counselling might be helpful or if you’d like to know more. The first session is free and the offer is valid until the end of January 2015.
Although the build up to the Scottish referendum has been a positive experience for many, others have found it to be an uncertain and distressing time.
Almost everyone involved in either side of the debate has been thoughtful, mature and constructive in their approach, incidents of aggression or intimidation have been surprisingly infrequent, but of course have drawn disproportionate media attention. This has led to people from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives feeling misrepresented at times, and has created an impression in others that the actions of a few individuals on each side have set the tone of the debate.
As we reach the end of the summer I’m reminded of all the young people (and those not so young!) who are returning to their studies or taking up university or college for the first time.
Although higher education is rewarding and can be very exciting, it’s also not unusual for students to feel overwhelmed or intimidated, or to have difficulty coping with all the new challenges they face.
While counselling can be very effective in dealing with intense or persistent problems, many just need a helping hand to find out where support is available and to settle into their local community.
To this end I’ve added an article to the information section of my website with some useful tips for students who might need some help coping with their studies or making new friends. I hope you find it helpful!
Self harm affects many of us to some degree but is often difficult to acknowledge, in ourselves or in those around us. Becoming aware of the reasons we turn to self-harm is an important step towards shaking off unwanted behaviour patterns and changing our lives.
I’ve added an article to my website which explains some of the factors which can lead us to harm ourselves, how we can recognise the role self-harm plays in our lives and begin to develop positive responses, and how counselling can help to facilitate this process.