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Signs of Emotional Invalidation Do you struggle with expressing yourself? You feel overwhelmed or cry when trying to say what’s going on for you. You wonder why you can’t say how you feel and it leaves you not wanting to share too much. If you find that you say ‘I’m fine’ when asked how you...

‘Technically’ Connected? ‘Blue Monday’ in January has been manufactured as ‘the most depressing day of the year’ when we can often feel lonely. Taking into account: The weather, Length of time till next Christmas, Waiting for pay day Waning motivation for New Years Resolutions, its no surprise things feel tough in January. Feeling lonely can...

The Trauma Response You hear about being ‘triggered’ all the time. It comes explicitly as a warning on a social media post or TV show. ‘Snowflakes’ are mocked for perceived lack of resilience and told they are ‘triggered by everything’. It describes emotional responses to different situations and the feelings this brings up – but...

  When work disappoints Sometimes things don’t work out as you need it to, projects aren’t signed off, staff change, shift patterns aren’t agreed or the flexibility promised just can’t agreed right now – this is when we have disappointment at work. But what can we do with this? Here are ways to deal with...

Can’t get to sleep?   The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) unsurprisingly says concerns over the cost of living crisis are affecting mental health. 52% of therapists are reporting a rise in client insomnia. Wherever your stress is coming from, being able to get good sleep (enough, unbroken, restful) is vital. If you...

Coping with Grief

Bereavement at Christmas   The death of a loved one hurts. It feels like a physical blow to the body, leaving a gaping hole in your soul – and nothing can fill it. Physically you can’t eat or over eat for comfort, can’t sleep, have a tightness in your chest or throat, and feel weak...

Can’t cope with change?

What is change? Can’t cope with change? there has been a lot going on recently. Change happens all the time. Positive stuff like a pay rise or calling an old friend. Or painful – a bereavement, a relationship split, or being made redundant. It challenges how you think, work, the quality of your relationships, and...