Work lies at the heart of every community, from the smallest tribe to the biggest civilization. Work supports society, gives structure and purpose to life, keeps the body and brain occupied and promotes a sense of satisfaction. When work is rewarding and... read more on work related stress ›Read more
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"Is my relationship abusive?" is a question often asked in couple counselling. The answer is quite complex. Many relationships have the potential to be abusive, it is not class or age related, so how would you know? There may be periods where one person may... read more on abuse ›Read more
Addictions can allow people a temporary escape from their problems, and can develop from many activities; alcohol, drugs, eating, gambling, shopping, sex and use of the internet. Stigma surrounds the word 'addiction' which is an inability to stop repetitive... read more on addiction(s) ›Read more
Whether you are an adoptee, an adoptive family, or the birthparent of a child who was adopted - the emotional impact of the adoption process is likely to be life-long. Though the experience of each individual involved is likely to vary, for many the journey... read more on adoption ›
Anxiety is a simplistic blanket term which covers a wide range of problems from the temporary effects of stress to panic attacks, compulsions, phobias or debilitating nervous illness previously known as ‘nervous breakdown’. Common in all these... read more on anxiety ›Read more
Career counselling is sought when an individual needs confidential guidance and help about areas of study and possible career movements or changes. If an individual experiences a personal issue about their future and wants to discuss or discover opportunities... read more on career counselling ›Read more
Sometimes children and young people (and their families) may need extra support if they are finding it difficult to deal with or understand their emotions and/or behaviour. Schools often provide professionals to help young people and their families, such as... read more on child related issues ›
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition which is also known by several other names including myalgic encephalomyelitis/encephalopathy (ME), chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) and post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS). Despite the various... read more on chronic fatigue syndrome/me ›Read more
Couples counselling, previously known as marital therapy or marriage guidance, addresses the problems arising from adult sexual or intimate relationships. The relationship, rather than the two individuals, is the 'client'. Our very closest relationship: a... read more on couples counselling ›Read more
Unfortunately it can be very easy to slide into debt. Unwise decisions, unaffordable lifestyles and turning a blind eye to financial problems are all reasons debts spiral out of control. Sometimes debt can come unexpectedly when life, as unpredictable as it... read more on debt counselling ›Read more
Depression is a common condition that will affect one in three people at some time in their life. It is a complicated illness with many different symptoms and causes. Changes in eating habits and sleeping patterns and overwhelming feelings of despair are... read more on depression ›Read more
Eating disorders are extremely common, however can be serious and even life threatening if not treated appropriately. Millions of people are affected by eating disorders every year and unfortunately thousands of sufferers die because their disorder has gone... read more on eating disorders ›Read more
Many of us have had the experience of turning around because we thought someone said our name, only to find no one there. When this happens we tend to shrug it off and continue on with our day, it is only when our experience of hearing voices goes beyond this... read more on hearing voices ›Read more
Living organ donation is exceptionally generous and altruistic, and has been repeatedly described as perhaps the most meaningful act that one human can carry out for another. While the impact of such an act can of course be incredibly rewarding on both a... read more on living organ donation ›Read more
Self-confidence is about trusting your own judgement and feeling comfortable with your abilities and powers. It is the means to realise your full potential and be the person you want to be. Self-confidence allows you to feel secure in the world and allows... read more on low self-confidence ›Read more
People whose lives are dominated by compulsive hand-washing or having to re-check the locks in their home often suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. It usually involves obsessions (intrusive thoughts or impulses) and compulsions (repeated behaviours)... read more on obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) ›Read more
We've all heard the phrase in books and films before, but what does it really mean to be 'passive aggressive'? We often give this name to people who are particularly difficult, stubborn, unreasonable, or 'tight-lipped'. These people try hard to keep their... read more on passive aggressive behaviour ›Read more
Our personality is always distinct and describes how we show ourselves to the world. Some people are outgoing and confident whilst others are shy and reserved. Personality is a mixture of both inherited characteristics from our ancestors, and traits developed... read more on personality disorders ›
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
When terrible things happen like accidents and natural disasters, individuals react in different ways and have diverse perceptions of the incident and events. Responses can change as their symptoms heighten or the impact lessens. PTSD, and related symptoms,... read more on post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) ›Read more
When you discover you are pregnant, a certain degree of stress and anxiety is to be expected - whether the pregnancy was planned or unplanned, the implications of a positive pregnancy test can be overwhelming. While this is a normal experience for many, there... read more on pregnancy and birth ›Read more
Relationship counselling can help improve the way we relate to the people around us and break free of old patterns to realise our potential. It is usually an integral part of personal or individual work. To address problems in our intimate relationship it... read more on relationship issues ›Read more
Relationship problems can arise from sexual difficulties, but sexual problems may also be an indication of deeper problems in the relationship. Sexual difficulties can emerge at any time, but especially in times of stress and change. Sex essentially is fun... read more on sexual issues ›
Suicidal thoughts can be very frightening. If you do want to end your life, the thoughts and emotions you feel right now probably seem unbearable. Perhaps you feel worthless, like no-one cares about you, or that you're not even worth caring about. Perhaps you... read more on suicidal thoughts ›Read more
Tourette's syndrome is a neurological illness, which usually begins during childhood. This disorder is distinctive due to quick, sudden movements that an individual makes but is unable to control. The earliest signs of Tourette's syndrome are small, recurrent... read more on tourette's syndrome ›Read more
I am currently having counselling. I found the first several weeks quite difficult and emotionally very...
One day in late January 2013 I hit rock-bottom having worked 6 - 7 days a week for around six months...
I was abused by my father when I was a child. It was only with the encouragement of my therapist that I...
Music and art therapies are quickly becoming the norm alongside medicalised...
Changes to the law mean that people can purchase over the counter HIV tests to use at home - but no kits exist yet in...
New research highlights that young men with an eating...