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]”
Not coping well is a massive fear for me and it has been since I experienced depression. Being diagnosed with this mental health illness came as a complete shock to me and is still something I haven’t quite gotten over. Deep down, I believe that I am a strong person and when you are diagnosed … Continue reading Barely Coping or Coping Badly?
I have had a tough couple of weeks. I’ve found living with uncertainty and the lack of control over things out of my power almost unbearable. If I look at it even closer, it basically all boils down to one thing: fear. Being afraid of the unknown. I am absolutely terrified of not knowing what’s … Continue reading Learning to Live With Fear
This week hasn't been a good one for me. I've been very stressed, overwhelmed and have not felt a part of the real world for days. It's only now that towards the end of the week I have actually done something about it that I've felt better. And that something was actually talking to somebody … Continue reading Why it’s Hard to Talk About Feelings When You Have a Mental Illness
I have never thought about viewing my OCD as separate from myself. It is something that I have always referred to as ‘my’ both when explaining it in person and through my blog. I have always seen it as a part of me, something that has grown within my mind from my own doing. I … Continue reading Separating OCD: Me & It
This week, my CBT therapist set me the ‘homework’ of reflecting on what it means (to me personally) to be recovered from a mental health illness. I thought this was a really interesting question; it’s not something I’ve particularly thought about before. All I know is that I am not well now and I am … Continue reading What Does Recovery Even Mean?
We are only 20 days into 2017 and already there have been news stories about mental health left, right and centre. Now although this is arguably a good thing for raising awareness, is just simply talking about it and pointing out the obvious actually going to kick-start changes? It's well known that here in the … Continue reading Mental Health in the News: My Reaction
Choosing to go down the university path has arguably become the "norm" for those of us finishing our A Levels and putting off living in the real world for just that little bit longer. In fact, last year, UCAS announced that in England, 235,400 people at the tender age of 18 chose this route, THE HIGHEST NUMBER … Continue reading Things People Don’t Tell You About Going to University
Hello 2017! Over New Year my boyfriend and I went to Hamburg in Germany. We ate lots of pretzels and bratwurst, walked for miles exploring the city and utilised our basic German learnt years ago at high school. And when I say "basic German" I'm talking about using the phrase "the weather is very cold" … Continue reading OCD & Travelling