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Domestic Violence During the Pandemic (2/5): Therapeutic Skills

  • 8th May 2020
  • Jeannette Roddy

Domestic abuse has surged during the coronavirus lockdown, with calls to one dedicated UK helpline doubling in recent weeks. Dr Jeannette Roddy is a counsellor, author and academic specialising in this area. In the second of a five-part weekly blog about working with victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 crisis, she outlines three key skills therapists need for this deeply relational work.

PESI UK Announces Free Mental Health Awareness Summit

  • 6th May 2020

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will have the special theme of ‘kindness’, in celebration of its power to strengthen relationships, develop community and deepen solidarity at a time of global crisis. In response, PESI UK is announcing a five-day online Mental Health Awareness Summit bringing together eight leading voices from May 18-22 – and it’s all completely free.

Postnatal Depression: What Helped Me

  • 4th May 2020
  • Bridget Hargreave

Today marks the start of Maternal Mental Health Matters Week, with a focus this year on ‘supporting mums during difficult times’. As mother, author and trainee integrative counsellor Bridget Hargreave points out, new and expectant mothers are likely to be especially vulnerable to mental health issues in the wake of Covid-19. Drawing on her own experiences, she shares some basic principles for helping women with postnatal depression.

Domestic Violence During the Pandemic (1/5): Psychological Impact

  • 1st May 2020
  • Jeannette Roddy

Domestic abuse has surged during the coronavirus lockdown, with calls to one dedicated UK helpline doubling in recent weeks. Dr Jeannette Roddy is a counsellor, author and academic specialising in this area. In the first of a five-part weekly blog about working with victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 crisis, she provides insight into the psychological control perpetrators exert – and the compassionate counterpoint therapists can offer.

Virtual Therapy With Resettled Syrian Refugees

  • 27th Apr 2020
  • Jude Boyles

Conducting online therapy during the pandemic comes with particular challenges – and benefits – when your clients are refugees. Jude Boyles is the Manager and a therapist of a Refugee Council therapy service based in South Yorkshire. In her sixth occasional blog about this work, she reflects on trauma, resilience and the need for some deep therapeutic conversations to continue despite the radically altered context.

Family Life During the Pandemic (5/5): Looking Beyond Lockdown

  • 24th Apr 2020
  • Annette Byford

When families function well, they provide a secure base for members to explore beyond the family’s own boundaries. But what has lockdown done to our sense of safety and threat? In her final blog about family systems during the coronavirus crisis, psychotherapist and author Annette Byford observes the sense of creative togetherness that has been fostered among some families – and wonders whether the relaxing of restrictions will be experienced with relief, or a sense of loss.

Why We Needed Waking Up

  • 22nd Apr 2020
  • Joe Hinds

The current crisis is a chance for us all to rethink our values. Earth Day, which has its 50th anniversary today, reminds us to include our relationship with the planet. Taking a holistic perspective, psychotherapist, ecotherapist and lecturer Dr Joe Hinds explains why we need to rediscover community and our environment, and calls on therapists to ensure we don’t let empathy become a myopic activity confined to the consulting room

Pet Loss: A Particular Grief

  • 21st Apr 2020
  • Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio

How does grief affect us when it relates to an animal companion? An animal enthusiast himself, therapist and author Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio led pet loss groups for over a decade. To mark National Pet Month in the UK, he urges practitioners to appreciate the intensity of a grief that can often leave clients feeling isolated and stigmatised.

Family Life During the Pandemic (4/5): Unhelpful and Helpful Coping Strategies

  • 17th Apr 2020
  • Annette Byford

Many pathological defence mechanisms are being activated in family members at the moment in response to feelings of loss and being under attack. Psychotherapist and author Annette Byford continues her blog series on the family system during the coronavirus crisis by considering our role in helping clients develop alternative ways of coping – including the importance of hitting the pause button.

Online Supervision During the Coronavirus

  • 14th Apr 2020
  • Suzie Mosson

How does supervision differ when it goes online? Therapist Suzie Mosson, a director of Online Training for Counsellors, discusses parallel process, online disinhibition, and the odd combination of both distance and intimacy that technology can bring to the supervisory relationship.