The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs

Did you watch “The Doctor Who Gave Up Drug” this week? Dr Chris van Tulleken tries to understand why British children are taking three times more medication than they were 40 years ago. Two years ago, Dr Chris van Tulleken discovered we are taking more prescription drugs than ever before – a billion prescriptions a year in the UK. He […]

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How to Choose a Private Counsellor / Psychotherapist

Many people at some point in their lives feel that a counsellor may be able to help them with emotional issues when they are feeling low, bereaved, having health problems or experiencing a difficult situation. But how do you know you are making the right choice when you are in a vulnerable state and looking for help? Your GP can be a good starting point and there are many charities who can offer free counselling but sometimes the waiting list is long and you are usually allocated a counsellor when you may feel you would like to choose one. It can feel like a mine field when you start to look at the options available to you. Do you choose person-centred, CBT or one of the many other therapeutic models? Some counsellors may specialise in certain areas such as couple counselling, bereavement or abuse but all should provide you with a non-judgemental & empathic environment for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. A few simple guidelines should prevent you from wasting too much time allowing you to get started with your recovery process. Whether you decide on a specialist or not, you should check with the prospective counsellor that they belong to a reputable professional body with a code of conduct and a complaints procedure such as the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) or UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). This will give you confidence that your […]

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A Small Insight Into Self-Harm

Do you suspect a loved one is self-harming?       Being a very misunderstood condition, even within the health care system, many people view this as attention seeking and therefore find it difficult to understand why anyone would want to injure themselves. But sadly, this is a real and dangerous place for the self-harmer to be and attention is […]

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