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Embracing Solitude and Finding Joy in Your Own Company

By |2024-02-05T10:49:17+02:00February 5th, 2024|

As Valentine's Day approaches, the air is filled with messages of romantic love and affection. However, amidst the celebrations of couples and partnerships, it's important to remember the profound value of self-love and the joy of embracing solitude. In this article, we'll explore the concept of loneliness, why it's essential to cultivate a positive relationship with yourself, and the benefits of finding joy in your own company.

 Embracing Neurodiversity: Effective Counselling for Neurodivergent Individuals

By |2023-07-13T09:44:11+02:00July 13th, 2023|

In our diverse world, it is essential for mental health professionals to recognize and embrace the concept of neurodiversity. Neurodivergent individuals, who have unique neurological differences such as autism, ADHD, or other conditions, require a counselling approach that understands and respects their specific needs. By adopting a person-centred and inclusive approach, counsellors can provide effective support and empower neurodivergent individuals to navigate life's challenges with confidence and resilience.

Loss & Grief: Grieving as a teenager

By |2023-06-05T12:57:53+02:00June 5th, 2023|

Although loss is a universal experience, there are considerable differences in how people grieve- this is especially true with teenagers. Although teenagers are aware of the emotional impact and long term implications of losing someone close to them, their reactions to death are often very intense.

The True Pandemic: Silent Voices in Mental Health

By |2023-05-22T13:32:11+02:00May 22nd, 2023|

Why do we downplay the fact that men also struggle with their mental health? Or is it because we are so accustomed to men being strong leaders and role models, being tough and not showing any emotion, because ‘boys don’t cry’, right? Why do we put so much emphasis on mental health being something that only women experience, meanwhile men are suffering in silence.

Animal Assisted Counselling

By |2023-05-18T12:27:12+02:00May 18th, 2023|

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment that has been found to hold various mental and physical benefits. Animal-assisted counselling (AAC) is a particularly effective form of AAT, as it combines the use of animals with counselling techniques to help individuals address mental health issues.

Boundaries – What you should know

By |2023-05-15T13:50:03+02:00May 10th, 2023|

A boundary is the rules and limits that you create within various relationships and contexts. These are a list of things that you either accept or don’t, to help you create relationships where you feel respect and comfort.  To create boundaries, you will have to explore and know your values. Your values are the key guide to creating boundaries so it is imperative to know your core values before embarking on this journey.

Anticipatory Grief

By |2022-09-06T09:31:00+02:00September 6th, 2022|

Most of us know what it feels like to lose a loved one to a terminal illness. Grief is unpredictable and loss can feel like white noise or earth-shattering pain. Living with a parent, partner or child diagnosed with a terminal illness literally rips the ground from beneath our feet. Knowing how, but not how much longer, can take us on a journey of acceptance, denial, depression, indescribable fear and complete dissociation from the current reality. Loss, no matter the circumstances, is life altering.

Grief Beyond Grief: A Dive into Secondary Loss

By |2023-05-15T13:52:33+02:00January 25th, 2022|

. In our lives, a loss, such as the death of a loved one, serves as the pebble in our pond. When we lose something or someone significant to us, the grieving process does not end with the mourning of that singular loss. Rather, the singular loss triggers a chain of events known as secondary losses, which often cause us to feel as if we've lost everything and that the sorrow will never end.

Better Together: The Benefits of Group Therapy

By |2023-05-15T13:53:09+02:00December 15th, 2021|

Let's be honest, deciding to see a therapist is not something that comes easily to everyone. To truly benefit from the process, one must be willing to be honest and completely open with their therapist as well as themselves. As a result, you will often find yourself revealing things about your experiences and your thoughts that you would not normally share with your friends or family, let alone a complete stranger.

When innocence is stolen

By |2021-07-05T15:05:43+02:00July 4th, 2021|

TRIGGER WARNING: CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE | Sexual abuse victimizes a person,  and the partner can play a crucial role in the recovery and healing process of the abused. The love and support of a partner, friends, and family, can encourage the process of healing. It is crucial for those surrounding the abused, to understand the mixed signals they convey daily. The abused can; in many instances, turn to their loved ones for help, but in the wink of an eye, turn against them.

Understanding Some Of The Common Symptoms Of Trauma

By |2021-07-04T22:20:35+02:00June 14th, 2021|

Different people react differently to traumatic experiences and also deal with these situations differently. For some, an event might cause a lot of emotional turmoil, and intervention is needed for that person to start their way on the road to recovery. For others, that same event might only cause minor frustrations and they can easily move on with their lives.

11 Things that will help you hold the space for someone

By |2021-06-07T16:26:10+02:00June 7th, 2021|

Everyone in our lives can need a caring, non-judgmental, and empathetic room at some point in their lives. When the time comes, the relationship you already have will serve as a basis for constructing this "container" in which you keep space for the other individual. If you accept the challenge, your desire to be of service to the other person will be the first building block for holding that sacred space.

Selfsorg vir beraders, sielkundiges, maatskaplike werkers en terapeute

By |2021-06-01T16:26:45+02:00June 1st, 2021|

Ons as beraders, sielkundiges, maatskaplike werkers en terapeute het een van die grootste voorregte; om saam met iemand deur hul emosies, hul vrese en onsekerhede te werk en te wandel ten einde die lig aan die anderkant van die tonnel saam te ontdek of te kan ontgin, maar dit is ook ‘n ontsaglike verantwoordelikheid. Die gene wat hul lewens aan hierdie beroepe wei sal almal weet – hierdie is ‘n uitputtende roeping. Om daagliks, uur na uur saam met iemand deur hul diepste seer, hul donkerste vrese en hul grootste teleurstellings te werk, eis sy tol.

The importance of counselling

By |2021-01-07T15:14:01+02:00January 7th, 2021|

I often get asked the question "Why should I go to counselling" as if there is a textbook, one size fits all answer. There is no straightforward way to sum up the importance of counselling, because in my eyes the benefits of counselling is personal in nature and therefore, infinite.

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