Ready for love

Are You Ready for Love? Fantastic free telesummit can help you make sure you are!

Many people come to counselling when a relationship is on the rocks, or they are struggling to cope with being left, cheated on, or trying to move on after a painful break-up. These clients often feel a need to deal with the ‘baggage’ of their current or recently ended relationship, and any negative effects this …

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Counselling in the News: Reaction to new government strategy on mental health

The Government’s new strategy ‘No Health Without Mental Health‘ was announced on Wednesday,with £400m being pledged over four years to extend the IAPT scheme (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) so that talking therapies, including counselling, will be more widely available – especially to children and young people. Six objectives have been set out in the …

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Frances Weston speaks about the effects of bereavement on children on BBC Radio Derby following Hulland Ward house fire

In the wake of the recent house fire in Hulland Ward, Nr Ashbourne in which four young children tragically lost their lives, I was interviewed on Monday by Phil Trow on BBC Radio Derby’s breakfast show. We discussed the likely impact of the tragedy on the children in the local community who knew Tommy (9), …

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TV dramas unhelpful and misleading portrayal of mental illness

I was interested to see a piece in ‘Therapy Today’, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s professional journal, yesterday complaining about the way fictional characters with mental health problems are portrayed on television.  Having just seen the second part of BBC’s ‘Silent Witness’ a couple of nights before, I was already fuming about this …

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Let them bake cakes! Janet Street Porter dismisses depression as a “new trendy illness”

I had planned to write a long blog post today in protest at Janet Street Porter’s recent ignorant and offensive article in The Daily Mail, as I felt the need to defend the female and male sufferers of stress and depression she so insensitively derided.  However, Diane Foy of Coming Out of the Dark beat …

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Children's Mental Health

Young people at greater risk of emotional and mental health problems as parts of Children, Schools and Families Bill abandoned

Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people, have expressed their frustration over the lack of commitment to young people’s wellbeing in the wake of yesterday’s decision to scrap parts of the Children, Schools and Families Bill, including plans to make Personal …

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