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An Introduction to Peri-natal Counselling Presented by Julia Reissmann

This was such an interesting talk which went ahead despite a number of competing factors which we were unable to foresee – you may still remember that the weather was amazingly sunny & hot in June; there were 3 major road traffic accidents; and, perhaps, England we’re playing Belgium in the World Cup (I have to admit I wouldn’t have gone if there was anyone else to cover the door). Perinatal Mental Health is a [...]

2018-09-19T14:28:00+00:00September 19th, 2018|Reports|Comments Off on An Introduction to Peri-natal Counselling Presented by Julia Reissmann

Written in the Scars With Jane Fenton and Steve Street

A presentation by the facilitators of SHARE (self-harm and recovery for everyone) on self-harm and the support available, together with a personal account of living with the addiction and the road to recovery The self-help group that Jane facilitates meets each Tuesday evening between 6 – 8pm at the Zion Centre in Hulme. No referrals are necessary (although due to the increased awareness of the group, some clients are told about it). It is a [...]

2018-09-19T14:26:26+00:00September 19th, 2018|Reports|Comments Off on Written in the Scars With Jane Fenton and Steve Street

The Naked Counsellor – Caring for the Carers With Pauline Summers

The group initially learnt about the interchangeable terms and symptoms of compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, vicarious trauma and burn out; and particularly how they affect counsellors. The speaker said that she wanted the session to be a discussion and to raise awareness as this doesn’t get talked about enough. It can all happen to us all at any time after all. Compassion Fatigue refers to the emotional and physical exhaustion of a caregiver over time. [...]

2018-09-19T14:19:05+00:00September 19th, 2018|Reports|Comments Off on The Naked Counsellor – Caring for the Carers With Pauline Summers

Letter from the Chair

“Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it’s almost always due to personal growth.” John C. Maxwell Dear Colleagues This is my first letter as Chair, an opportunity I am very much looking forward to. We all dream of living a life filled with value and purpose, yet in today’s fast-paced society it is incredibly easy [...]

2018-09-19T09:33:02+00:00September 13th, 2018|Letters, News|Comments Off on Letter from the Chair

Embrace grief with self-care to heal yourself and honour your loved one

Navigating the complicated process of grief is never easy. When someone close to you dies, the loss may feel like a weight you can’t lift. Grief involves a mix of emotions that are hard to understand, and while you want to remember and honor your loved one, you also need to take care of yourself. How do you balance all of that while healing yourself through grief? Healthy ways to grieve There isn’t a right [...]

2018-02-02T12:32:14+00:00February 2nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on Embrace grief with self-care to heal yourself and honour your loved one

Interpersonal Psychological Trauma and Attachment

Presented by Zoe Lodrick Zoe’s enthusiastic presentation style enabled her to provided a depth of knowledge on the impact of interpersonal psychological trauma. This knowledge initially related to the effect on the young person’s brain development and how this may, in later life, impact negatively on their current and future relationships (including social and work relationships) and life chances. Zoe’s presentation was liberally peppered with examples of the negative experiences in the individual’s life which [...]

2018-01-11T20:32:28+00:00January 11th, 2018|Reports|Comments Off on Interpersonal Psychological Trauma and Attachment

Gestalt – An Introduction with Speaker Danny Porte

Danny began by giving us a brief history and description of the Gestalt Centre in Manchester. Gestalt has had a number of contributors and developments during most of the 20th century, the main co-founders were Fritz Perls, his wife Laura and Paul Goodman, although others had significant input. He explained that there is no clear interpretation of the German word Gestalt, it means a whole or a complete pattern, form or configuration. A gestalt or [...]

2018-01-11T20:29:57+00:00January 11th, 2018|Reports|Comments Off on Gestalt – An Introduction with Speaker Danny Porte

Journaling as a Therapeutic Tool to resolve health problems

Maria Hammond - 11th October 2017 Maria has a lovely informal style and shared with us her background in pain management with a holistic view that recognises trapped emotional pain. This stems from her own experience of pain and, in particular, how much journaling helped her long - standing unexplained pain. Maria explained the benefits of journaling and went through various styles and options that could be used and the importance of how it’s ended [...]

2018-01-11T20:19:31+00:00January 11th, 2018|Reports|Comments Off on Journaling as a Therapeutic Tool to resolve health problems

Talk on Body Dismorphic Disorder 19th September 2017

Carolyn Sayers Carolyn has been a CBT therapist for over 20 years, and has a background in Nursing. Carolyn’s last post was with the CBT Training Clinical Centre where she was a tutor and supervisor. Carolyn is now semi – retired since July this year. Currently working in private practice, working with Yorkshire water and GMW Training recovery academy. Carolyn talks about the aims of today’s session, followed by a true or false questionnaire, and [...]

2018-01-11T20:16:36+00:00January 11th, 2018|Reports|Comments Off on Talk on Body Dismorphic Disorder 19th September 2017

Some Tips to Share with Clients Experiencing Holiday Grief

Image by Pixabay Ever wonder why the holidays fall during autumn and winter? The reasons include holdovers from ancient customs and the seasonal nature of agricultural work. Putting that aside, though, there's something ironic yet oddly fitting about choosing the darkest, coldest time of year to make merry, as those who are grieving can understand. As a counselor, this time of year sees many clients who just can’t seem to find [...]

2017-12-13T18:22:46+00:00December 12th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Some Tips to Share with Clients Experiencing Holiday Grief