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Toni Thoughts: Making good decisions

Have a look at www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Victims/ I just stumbled on this site – some astonishing stories on this website about reactions to all kinds of health problems, not just cancer. Sharing these stories is a valuable message to us all to

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Working with Depression Workshop

Our next workshop is on Saturday 5th October and will be about understanding and working with depression. What is it and how does it manifest? What is happening in our bodies when we are depressed? How does our childhood play

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Toni Thoughts: Relative Relativity

Those who have come to our workshops or who know us personally know that I have a special relationship with my mum, Mo. Sometimes it’s about bantering and bickering, being a foil and a mirror. Over the years it has been explosive, sullen, hilarious and uncomfortable.

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Toni Thoughts: Picking a Direction

We’ve just decided to cancel our next workshop in June as so many of our favourite students have told us they can’t make it because of prior commitments. We don’t usually hold one in June and now I remember why

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Workshop: Using creative therapy to explore common issues

Our next workshop is Saturday 15th June and will be a day of learning how to use crafts to explore hidden issues You will be drawing from your own lives and taking part in activities that encourage thinking, feeling, ideas

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What is Counselling? Part 2 by Alex Baldock

There remains a stigma around mental health or therapy or counselling. We are not the stereotypical rich white American who is in therapy from childhood.  And whilst that is perhaps a relief, there is also something to be said in

What is counselling? – Alex Baldock

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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