When clients struggle to express themselves in the counselling room or their thoughts are all mixed up, I often encourage them to write a journal or diary. Writing gives them the opportunity to express these thoughts and help them try to make understand their feelings and emotions. It provides a release of these emotions and allowing them to express their feelings. It also provides clients a therapeutic way Continue reading
My counselling is based on the person centred approach which means that I am client led and I believe that each individual has resources within themselves to find their own answers. However, there are times when a client needs guidance along their journey or they find it difficult to express their feelings. An effective counselling tool I use with my clients is creative therapy. This blog post will look at what is creative therapy and what are the ways I use it with my clients. Continue reading
Losing your Mum through death is a difficult grieving journey whether you are young or old. The death of your Mum ended her life but it does not stop your relationship or love with her. For some the mourning of their mum never ends. Continue reading
What is online counselling?
Online counselling, e-therapy or writing therapy offers secure therapeutic support through email, skype or instant messaging. Instant messaging and email is an online communication that enables you to keep a written record of your sessions, which is useful if you like writing or have the time to reflect on what has been said, Continue reading
Not able to relax on holiday?
Do you find on holiday that you are unable to wind down? Maybe you are facing stress at work or you have an underlying problem. Or perhaps you have a lack of motivation or lack of enthusiasm – no ‘holiday spirit’. If this sounds familiar to you, why not try something different during the holiday season.
Writing? On holiday?
When you are on holiday you should have the time and space to be yourself and relax. It is a golden opportunity to write. If you think that writing means ‘working’ then think again. Continue reading
A recent article in pyschcentral has reminded me of some work I did with the war children of Uganda and how the skills I gained have enabled me to counsel client’s with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These kidnapped children witnessed horrific scenes of their family members being shot or butchered and then were forced to fight or raped. The lucky survivors were released and were expected to fit back into community life without any support. These children were traumatised and often were unable to talk about their experiences. Our project found that these children were not ‘fitting back’ into the community, were becoming withdrawn and were having flashbacks of events they saw. Treatment and support in a small African was limited, including the language barrier! We therefore focused on encouraging children to draw pictures of what they had seen. The pictures were harrowing to look at; however, they started to encourage the ‘war children’ to start talking and express their feelings. We also run small group therapy sessions with the children and their family members so the children could find the words of what they have suffered and enable them to share these experiences.
I’ve been able to transfer these skills and experiences to my counselling work in the UK and as an integrative counsellor I use some of the techniques I picked up in Africa to work with PTSD clients.