As we leave 2020 behind, it feels for most of us, that there has never been a year we were more relieved to be rid of. There are few of us still alive who experienced living through the terrible hardships of World Wars I & II, but nonetheless we have been living through a different type of global war. We have been left battered, frightened, scarred by grief, anxious, depressed and lonely and although the New Year is upon us, many of these feelings have not gone away. In fact, despite now seeing a small light at the end of the COVID tunnel in the form of vaccination, we are still going to face many more challenges until ‘normal’ service finally resumes.
So ‘don’t panic’ I say, but how can we not you might ask?? Well we can do a surprising number of things to reduce our fear and stress in these totally unknown and unprecedented times. Continue reading “Don’t Panic it’s 2021!”
COVID-19 Risk Assessment – Face to Face Counselling
As per current Government and BACP guidelines, Ark Counselling Services have put the following measures in place to ensure the safety of both clients and the counsellor. Continue reading “COVID-19 Risk Assessment”
The word ‘difficult’ is understated for the experiences we are all going through so far in 2020. This will be a year that goes into the history books and studied in the future by the youngest of our children, who will barely remember what took place.
Continue reading “These Difficult Times”
You have perhaps been struggling for some time, you are aware you might need some help, you don’t feel you can face your friends and/or family, you feel they may judge you as silly, weak or worse and won’t be able to or indeed won’t want to help you. Continue reading “Coming to Counselling?”
I am often asked the question ‘isn’t self-care just being selfish?’ I always answer ‘No!!!!’
It is that time of the year again when many of us have had a pretty exhausting couple of festive weeks, cooking, entertaining, shopping and looking after children etc and often we do all these things whilst struggling with winter colds and flu! Time to really focus on self-care to restore our energies and boost our sense of wellbeing and motivation for the start of the New Year. Continue reading “Selfish? NO – Self-care”
This ‘C’ is for Change!
Oh how this word can inspire fear, but can it be embraced instead? Continue reading “‘C’ For Change”
Oh for a simple Christmas with that romantic picture of a stocking (filled with an orange or two) hanging up over the fire place, mistletoe and holly, mulled wine, a present wrapped under the tree (real of course) and all is quiet, all is calm and all is peaceful on the holiest of nights. Looking forward to it already?
This is what it will be like right? Continue reading “Tis the Season to be Jolly …..err maybe!!!!!”
Death is not our favourite subject but one which few of us can avoid – it is natural part of life. 100 years ago talking about sex was taboo but death was both common place and expected, now it is the reverse. Society does not like death, as surely medicine can cure most things and certainly it is not seen as common place for younger people to die, is it? If only that were true! When it happens, we are shocked and offended by it – no-one talks about it and even the word ‘dead’ is replaced by a whole range of potentially confusing alternatives. This can be a particular problem if you are a child and someone tells you a significant person in your life has ‘passed’, ‘gone’, ‘has been lost’. Gone where! Let’s find them! Continue reading “Please Let Me Do Grief My Way”