Well, I’ve done it. I have reached the end of my counselling course. Endings can stir up a lot of mixed emotions and they can be quite difficult to accept and adjust to. Scratch that- endings ARE difficult and this particular one is no different! It’s a bittersweet thing; I feel sad that it’s over, … Continue reading That’s All Folks
In terms of my mental health, there have been 3 instances where I’ve felt myself struggling so much that I’ve needed to reach out for help from a professional: Once for depression in my final year of university Twice for OCD, the most recent time being last year. Asking for help on these different occasions … Continue reading Asking for Help is a Strength, Not a Weakness
I thought I'd share with you a slightly different post today. Last week, I had a creative writing workshop at uni where I wrote a poem. I've never even attempted to do this before because I've always assumed I just didn't have the knack. However, I found it came surprisingly natural! The words just seemed … Continue reading Am I Shakespeare Yet?
“You are not your thoughts or your farts.” An amazing piece of wisdom from mental health advocate, Mark Freeman. His website is here if you fancy checking him out at all. Although this advice may seem weird and even a bit gross, it really (oddly) spoke to me. It makes so much sense. If you’re … Continue reading We are Not Our Thoughts or Our Farts
If you've been following my journey through this blog, you will know that I am currently training to be a counsellor on a masters course. I don't have long left now, 4 weeks to be exact (NO, DON'T MAKE ADULT YET!) and the whole experience has been amazing. I'm not even exaggerating when I say … Continue reading Finding Members of our Team
Recently I have started to question myself more and more about whether “getting better” from OCD (or any mental illness for that matter) is possible or in fact, even necessary. Now, I understand that this may sound a little strange, particularly because in society we know that experiencing something like depression, anxiety, OCD, bi-polar disorder, … Continue reading Could I Work with my OCD?
Are you doing it? I know it sounds weird but go on, for me. Draw it out if you want to. I did attempt this but I’m not the most creative person… Right, now that silliness is all done, I shall explain. I think I am coming to a natural end with my CBT sessions. … Continue reading Imagine a Tap…
I had CBT this week for the first time in a month. I think that’s why I’ve felt a bit dried up on the old blog front, when I’m going to therapy regularly I feel like I’m left with food for thought. I have things to reflect upon and fresh insights into my OCD. However, … Continue reading The Poisonous Parrot
Recently my life has just been counselling galore and I don’t mean me as the client, I mean me as the therapist! Or a trainee one anyway. I have been eating, sleeping and breathing it after I started training for my new placement as well as handing in my third and final essay (how has … Continue reading What Actually is Counselling?
Talking openly about my mental health has helped massively in accepting myself and in making me feel supported. Over these past few months, I have been the most open I’ve ever been; I talk about my mental health openly on my course with both peers and tutors, my friends, family and even the management at … Continue reading “That’s Because She/He’s Got [ENTER MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESS HERE]”