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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY – 10 OCTOBER, 2015

Some fundamental facts: Poor mental health is one of the main causes of the burden of disease worldwide.  In the UK, mental health problems are responsible for 28% of disease compared to 16% for cancer and heart disease, (Global Disease Study, 2013). 1 in 4 (25%) of people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year, (Information Centre for Health and Social Care, 2007). Mental health research receives only 5% [...]

2016-10-12T11:49:01+00:00October 9th, 2015|Archives|Comments Off on WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY – 10 OCTOBER, 2015

Why Don’t They Just Leave?

“Each year, around 2.1million people suffer some form of domestic abuse” (Safe Lives 2015). Domestic abuse of course relates to a variety of forms of abuse including physical, emotional, sexual, financial, and psychological. All will have an impact on the victim. As a therapist, counselling survivors of domestic abuse can be tough enough, but what if the client continues to remain in that toxic relationship? I’ve spoken to therapists who find that they can work [...]

2016-10-12T11:49:01+00:00October 1st, 2015|Archives|Comments Off on Why Don’t They Just Leave?

Rape crisis with Allison Lobley & Morag Borszcz

Allison and Morag came to us from the Rape Crisis Centre and offered us an interesting insight into the way the service is run and the support they provide to service users. The service is funded and therefore offered free of charge. The service supports ‘collectivism’ in the way it runs the all-female service, with all staff, including volunteers, having equal responsibility for decision making, promoting equality throughout the centre. The service offers a feminist [...]

2016-10-12T11:49:01+00:00October 1st, 2015|Archives|Comments Off on Rape crisis with Allison Lobley & Morag Borszcz

Letter from the Chair: September 2015

Welcome to this edition of the CNW newsletter and to the coming season of networking and CPD. I’d like to begin by acknowledging the hard work and commitment shown by my predecessor Alan Corbett, who has decided to step down as chair after the best part of a decade. I am sure you will all join me in wishing him continued success in his practice and in taking care of his green fingers. I have [...]

2016-10-12T11:49:01+00:00September 29th, 2015|Archives|Comments Off on Letter from the Chair: September 2015

The Rewind Technique (RT) – Dr David Muss

Dr Muss gave a brief history of his life and varied career prior to his development of RT in 1988. Dr Muss’ family moved from the USA following the Second World War, living briefly in the UK and then moving to Italy where he later studied medicine at the University of Rome, graduating in 1968. For several years Dr Muss was a Paediatric Surgeon and then, for five years, a Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon and eventually, [...]

2016-10-12T11:49:01+00:00July 6th, 2015|Archives|Comments Off on The Rewind Technique (RT) – Dr David Muss

Therapist Drift – 23rd June 2015

The basic definition of therapist drift is moving away from the evidence-based therapeutic model, failing to use a structured and prescribed approach at all times. That is, we are taught to use models and approaches in a particular way; however theory very rarely prepares us for the practical aspects of our jobs. For example, some of us may have been taught to use an evidence-based approach which means we have to work in an evidence-based [...]

2016-10-12T11:49:01+00:00June 25th, 2015|Archives|Comments Off on Therapist Drift – 23rd June 2015

How Early Attachments Shape Our Brains and our lives

Meeting 14th May 2015 - Presented by Sue Hawkins As a mark of Sue’s standing in the Counselling world once again large numbers of people turned out to hear her talk and they were not disappointed with the content and delivery of this fascinating and topical subject. Sue is a psychologist and therapist working primarily with children and adolescents who have experienced significant trauma, abuse, neglect and loss. However over a significant period of time [...]

2016-10-12T11:49:01+00:00May 16th, 2015|Archives|Comments Off on How Early Attachments Shape Our Brains and our lives

PAIN RELEASE PROCESS (PRP) – FOCUSED MINDFULNESS

A full-day workshop with Clare Walters. 7th March 2015 We started with a short mindfulness meditation, which allowed us to find our own focus and centre for the day ahead. Clare lost no time in introducing PRP to the group, because of its nature and application it is a process that needs to be experienced as it is happening in order to gain most from it. The main purpose is to help the client to [...]

2016-10-12T11:49:01+00:00April 14th, 2015|Archives|Comments Off on PAIN RELEASE PROCESS (PRP) – FOCUSED MINDFULNESS

Victim Support presented by Angela Stewart

We started by discussing the psychological and physiological impact of becoming a victim of a crime, and the ongoing effect of finding oneself in this unfortunate position tended to have on the individual/s concerned. The possibility of becoming victimised twice by relatives and friends who may criticise the persons perceived ‘risky’ behaviour or naivety. The complex feelings experienced if the attack was of a sexual nature, the damage to ones sense of dignity, the invasion [...]

2016-10-12T11:49:02+00:00April 14th, 2015|Archives|Comments Off on Victim Support presented by Angela Stewart

Focussed Mindfulness with Clare Walters Meeting 22nd January 2015

The evening got off to a very inauspicious start! Owing to an administrative tangle, we could not get access to the Friends Meeting House at the appointed time, all this on a very cold night. Eventually after some frantic phone calls, we were able to get in after some 45-60 minutes of waiting. As ever, all 25 of us took it in our respective strides and the meeting eventually started at 7:45, a mere 45 [...]

2016-10-12T11:49:02+00:00April 14th, 2015|Archives|Comments Off on Focussed Mindfulness with Clare Walters Meeting 22nd January 2015