As a counselling student, about to start my first placement hours, I am unexpectedly having to deal with the very real and painful loss of my grandmother.
Today is World Mental Health Day. I suppose it's natural for me to want to put out a post about it - I'm a trainee therapist with lived experiences of mental illness. I don't think that mental health is something we should only speak about on one day of the year, but I do think… Continue reading World Mental Health Day
In August, the Psychologist (which is the British Psychological Societies member magazine) published a misguided open letter by Dr Kirsty Miller. Her article created a twitterstorm (and comments on their website showed equal amounts of shock and dismay). I managed to engage with Dr Miller somewhat about the article and her views. The Psychologist proactively responded to many of the comments, the editor took responsibility, listened and then removed the article in question. They have actively continued to engage with their readership and the general public on the topic.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day - an internationally recognised day to prevent suicide. I don't like days like this, because it suggests that we should only focus on it for one day - but nonetheless, it is important to do so. I have personal experience with suicide and suicidal ideation. I will only discuss my own story in this post, out of respect of the survivors that I know and their right to privacy.
Have you ever wanted to escape from the world? Ever found yourself fantasizing "what if"? Ever wondered what it's like not to suppress certain characteristics or qualities? Table Top and Live Action Role Play are just some ways that we can achieve that.
My therapist suggested that I try to draw or write about what my condition looks like to me.
Tomorrow marks the first Q&A session that the BACP will be running on the latest iteration of the SCoPEd project. I'm disappointed as I'm unable to attend it. It's taken until the past couple of days for spokespeople of the BACP to explain where they will be getting the questions from.
I have written a couple of posts in regards to Dr Kirsty Miller, a practicing psychologist, who wrote publicly of her decision to leave the British Psychological Society. She has taken it upon herself to reply to my articles (which I appreciate), and whilst I don't have much further to add to my original points, I would like to clarify a few points.
When looking into SCoPEd I have been trying to make sense of the reasons that the BACP, BPC and UKCP have decided that they need to design and implement this framework. As counsellors and psychotherapists, we work for our clients and their wellbeing. So why is it that clients appear to be an afterthought to the project?
live with a chronic illness and disability. Over the years I have come to discover more about myself and how to communicate my needs with others. Several years ago I discovered the Spoon Theory, But You Don't Look Sick, by Christine Miserandino. This incredible theory explains how an individual with a Chronic Illness starts with say 10 spoons a day. Each spoon represents a task that uses energy. Whilst someone without an illness may have double the number of spoons, you have to limit what you do that day to prevent you running out of energy.