Therapy Room

I almost typed TherapyRoom.com as a joke title. I’m not renting or selling my room but I though you might like to see the inside.

If you’d like some face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds on laura@wrightminds.co.uk or 07598810304

Life Lesson

I thought I’d share this with you all

It’s a little different from my normal posts and think it probably gives away the fact I’m a Trekkie (it was my birthday recently and I’m celebrating being me) but it make a very strong point, forgive yourself and keep going.

If you’d like some face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds on laura@wrightminds.co.uk or 07598810304

Grief

I’ve posted about grief before, but like grief the topic is ever changing and can be worth re-visiting. Here I found a lovely article about Keanu Reeves, written for The Guardian by Hadley Freeman. I thought I’d share it with you. Reeves is one of those wonderful celebrities who seems to be a fantastic mental health ambassador without ever trying. Have a read for yourself. I found it very moving.

If you’d like some face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds on laura@wrightminds.co.uk or 07598810304

Couldn’t have said it better 4

This article is by Lauren Williamson. She writes about high functioning anxiety. This is often missed because everyone know about anxiety that stops us functioning, everyone understand mental health that they can see gets in the way of daily life for people, but this is for those who are anxious but function, they function so well sometimes they don’t even realise its anxiety that is driving them.

Have a read and see what you think. I know I’ve experienced many of these symptoms, what about you?

If you’d like some face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds on laura@wrightminds.co.uk or 07598810304

Could have said it better 3 – with art

This next couldn’t have said it better is with pictures. I really can’t say it any better than the artist. He makes a strong point about masculinity and ‘boys will be boys’. I found it thought provoking, have a read and see what you think. Thanks to Damian Alexander for his excellent post.

If you’d like some face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds on laura@wrightminds.co.uk or 07598810304

Couldn’t have said it better 2

This week I’d like to share an article entitled ‘Life Impacting Symptoms of Complex PTSD’ by Lilly Hope Lucario.

PTSD is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it has been more widely talked about in recent years and can be link to what was termed ‘shell shock’ during World Wars One and Two, the symptoms resulting from a traumatic event – not everyone finds the same thing traumatic or will expect to find an event traumatic but then do. 

However, in recent years this has been expanded to include complex PTSD, where the traumatic incident doesn’t just happen and end, but is ongoing and leaves the suffer constantly in a state of trauma.

Have a read of the article and see what you think.

If you’d like some face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds on laura@wrightminds.co.uk or 07598810304

Couldn’t have said it better

The next few blog posts will not be my own creation but sharing that of other. I’m not being lazy, but rather I like to showcase that other therapist and authors have valid views, or write inspiration articles and create talking points.

Therapists aren’t in this on their own, we work as a community, we support each other, we refer on to those who are more experienced in certain areas or specialisms when needed, for the client benefit. 

With this in mind the first post I want to share with you is about what therapist want you to know. The author, Kelly Quarles, seems to me to perfectly sum up what we as therapist would like you to know. A short and to the point read. I hope you enjoy.

If you’d like some face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds on laura@wrightminds.co.uk or 07598810304

Mindfulness

Mindful thinking, or being aware of the moment has been a regular topic recently. Trying to focus on the doing and not the outcome, taking pleasure in the moment. 

Here is a lovely article about Mindfulness and how to not think of it too narrowly but try to apply it to everyday life. See if it helps you find more joy in the moment.

Mental health composition with flat design

If you’d like some face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds on laura@wrightminds.co.uk or 07598810304

When you leave therapy

I am often asked by clients ‘how will I know when I am ready to leave therapy?’
My reply is ‘you will know, we will work together to find out.’

Businessman running to the exit door

Your therapy journey is unique to you and you will find your own path through to your own unique destination.

Once you find that your counsellor will work with you to find a way to leave therapy that is comfortable for you. Counsellors will often review with a client when they feel progress has been made, ask the client how they feel they are doing. Maybe discuss sessions becoming less frequent and seeing if you still feel better. Often therapists will review your initial goals with you and see how you feel progress has been made towards them or if they have now changed. Some therapist use a questionnaire to help you and them judge these changes.

People often ask ‘what if I get bad again?’
We can’t be sure we won’t feel like we need therapy again, like we’re slipping back into depression, anxiety, OCD, etc but usually we are aware of the feelings and warning signs much sooner because we’ve explored them and can now recognised them which we may not have been able to do before. This will answer your own question. 

After this you have the choice to return to therapy whenever you choose to, for a top up session, for a whole new reason, because an issue has returned or something has triggered you. You can return to your previous therapist of find a new one if you’d like to try a new approach.

If you’d like some face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds on laura@wrightminds.co.uk or 07598810304