CBT Resource

Very quick blog today, its December and I’m sure there are more fun things to be doing for you than reading my posts.

Here is a CBT resource I created to use with my clients. Please feel free to make use of it yourselves.

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

Festive Season

What to write about the festive season.

For some of us it can be magical, time with family and friends, time off work, parties, holidays, food and drink, gifts, tress, music, colours.

For others it can be a nightmare we are dreading – missing those relatives who were her last year or previous years but have now died, missing the children who have left home, lack of money, partners who drink too much, depression brought on by seasonal disorders or excessive alcoholism, those of us with eating disorders who are surrounded by food, those who have issues with religions for various reasons, those who have PTSD impacted by the light and sounds.

This second group of people may be the ones you see who aren’t in the ‘Christmas spirit’ in the office or the high street. They may have a reason even if you don’t know it. Don’t dismiss or be angry at odd behaviours. Take a moment to ask them how they are, ask them if they’d like to talk, include them if you can and if they want to.

If you are in the second group and would like to talk to someone about your Festive Fears please do get in touch – you are not alone.

If I am closed or it is the holidays here are some numbers and websites:
Samaritans – 116123 https://www.samaritans.org/
Accesss Team – 03001230907
Childline – 0800 1111 childline.org.uk
Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline – 0808 800 2234

And remember if in doubt call 999 for immediate support

Many people feel isolate, low, depressed, anxious or even suicidal around the time of year, please don’t feel you are alone – reach out to someone.

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

Philosophical Thinking

I’d like to share a video from TED Educational (whom I find full of interesting knowledge). I found it an interesting viewing and may offer some thoughts on our busy modern lives

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

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