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What is counselling? – Alex Blaldock

Recently I was asked to give a talk on why counselling should replace mental health services.  I initially accepted this invitation, and then when I got to thinking about what I was going to say, I started to think that

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Workshop: Past trauma and the unconscious mind

At our workshop on Saturday 24th November we will be exploring the ways in which counselling brings the past into the present and looking at the effects of past experiences on future selves. We will be thinking about clients with issues such

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Student mental health

Student mental health ‘failing a generation’ BBC News In 2016, 146 students killed themselves, and three have died in Bristol in the past month alone. Read the full story Mo says: So many are in crisis. Whether it is stress

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A Prison Counsellor: What’s the reward?

Written by Alex Baldock, counsellor at HMP X. What is so rewarding about working in a prison? The short answer is the idea of helping people. But this can be ascribed to any other environment. Helping people in prison perhaps

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Social Networks and Life Events

At our workshop on Saturday 16th June we will be looking at the effects of common life events on your clients – these effects can range from depression and stress to insomnia and relationship conflict. Life events will include divorce,

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Safety for counsellors

Have a look at this article from the National Counselling Society. Extract: “It is a common myth to think that the term ‘lone worker’ simply refers to people who work completely alone. Although thousands of people do indeed fall into

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Keeping trying when it comes to depression

Toni says: if something doesn’t work for you (or a client), keep trying. Don’t give up! Have a look at these natural ideas.

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A Counsellor’s Story – treating addiction in prison, Part 2

Toni says: Here’s Part 2 of Alex Baldock’s piece about the work he does in HMP X, his insights and reflections about his growth as a counsellor in response to the experience: “The cycles of change being what they are,

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Relationship gaslighting and perceptions of reality.

Toni says: Have a look at this article. It’s an insight into the vulnerability of women. How easy it is to chop away at their self confidence and the devastating effect this can have on perceptions of reality. https://apple.news/Ar51ukOqPTTuz0PjOWcsQ0A

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A Counsellor’s Story – treating addiction in prison, Part 1

Toni says: We are really pleased to present a piece written by Alex Baldock about the work he does in HMP X and his reflections on the way that counselling addresses addiction and his journey as a counsellor. Here’s part

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