Welcome to my private practice blog page. I am a therapist and counsellor in Durham City. I am BACP registered.
I work with issues including anxiety and depression, sexual identity, trauma, depression and breavement. I offer short or long term counselling sessions.
Please contact me using the contact page or by telephone if you wish to discuss counselling options.
I offer reduced rates to trainee counsellors. Please contact me for further information.
I have a particular interest in the anxieties experienced by post graduate researchers, around anxiety and depression. Contact me for further discussion.
I have been reading with interest today , the time limits being placed on excessive social media use on Facebook and Instagram. I am following this story as I believe it is important to understand the links between excessive social media usage and any negative impact on mental health.
I have just been reading an interesting post on the need for increased university counselling services in a London University. The number of students needing support has increased by over 80% but the number of sessions on offer have only increased by 60%. There are other Universities around the country facing similar problems, which are particularly concerning given the perception of a competitive environment in Higher Education.
With the start of the new term upon us many people look to begin new hobbies or activities. Autumn is often a time of gathering whether that be fruit, knowledge or strategies to support us through the next phase. It is important at this time to attend to our well-being and to monitor our own mental health. Whilst gathering berries, signing up for new courses and considering other activities it may also be a good time for you to get on top of the issues that may have been troubling you for some time.
I have just been listening to the BBC Lonliness project and find that startlingly 40% of 16 to 24 year olds in the survey feel lonely. Lonliness is often not about knowing or being around people but is much more closely linked to feeling disconnected from the world. The pressures of modern life including the perceived sense of inadequacy and anxiety brought on by excessive use of social media, can exacerbate these feelings and lead to a sense of lonliness whilst being surrounded by people.