Employee suffered from career related stress

Coping with career related stress

Coping with career related stress In the past year, over 12.5 million people have taken days off work due to work related stress, depression and anxiety. Like many mental health issues, it’s a common problem that is barely spoken about within society. Whether its caused by having a large workload, lack of support, or issues…

Husband and wife after couple therapy with Liddy Carver

Does Couples Therapy Work?

When your relationship is on the rocks it can be hard to see a positive solution. It can affect your whole life and before you know it you can find yourself struggling to do the things you need to do – like go to work, get out of bed and even shower. Regardless of what…

Woman talking to therapist

What makes A Good Ending in Therapy?

Relationships are hard work and when they end people can feel devastated. A secure therapeutic ‘alliance’ often helps clients find a more constructive way to say “goodbye”. But to do this, counsellors must focus on the end of therapy as a phase rather than a single event, as this is crucial “…to it feeling like…

depressed person in need of depression counselling

Self-injury: The devastating impact of stigma

One reason self-injury remains hidden is the commonly held view that those who self-injure are ‘attention-seeking’. Prejudice in the health service and the media can brand people as wasting professionals’ time and resources. Shame is compounded by visible scars and fear of being labelled ‘mentally ill’. Maggie Long is sceptical about whether self-injury is the…

Social research and the ‘activist client’

Therapy can be “psychologically transformative” for clients who have been affected by their political, social and cultural environment. However, in a new paper in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Andrew Samuels presents a more nuanced picture, showing that active engagement in political action, with other activists “leads to spirituality of some kind and spirituality informs political action”. The…

Is it OK to in therapy?

Is it OK to cry in therapy?

Although crying is effective for many people in everyday life, it doesn’t help everyone. In fact, in some cases it might do more harm than good. And while many studies suggest that therapists cry because they are moved by client’s struggles, we actually know relatively little about what therapists communicate when they cry in front…