Bereavement: Making Some Sense of It Featured

It’s almost certain that at some point in our lives most of us will experience bereavement. It might the loss of our parents, spouse, children, friend, colleague, neighbour or someone that we feel we know like a TV star, celebrity or even royalty. Whoever it is, they will leave a void in our lives consistent to their importance to us. This article is intended to make some sense of what happens to us when someone…
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The Rationale Behind Talking to a Counsellor Rather Than Friends or Family Featured

Back in 2012 I wrote an article about how it’s far better for someone in distress to talk to a professional counsellor than a friend or family member. Now seven years later it feels right to update and expand that piece in line with current attitudes and ideas. Since my original post we have seen views about mental health and personal stories being expressed more openly, often by celebrities like actors, musicians, sports stars and…
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Farming: We Reveal the Dark Side Featured

Travelling around Somerset and our neighbouring counties it’s easy to become accustomed to the lush pastures, rolling hills, woods, hedgerows and huge areas of arable land that make up our wonderful environment. To us it may just be the backdrop to our busy lives but to the operators of one of the biggest and important industries in the UK, it’s their workplace. We are talking of course about farming and the men and women who…
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Understanding And Managing Emotional Baggage Featured

All of us, as we travel through life, acquire emotional and psychological baggage; unwanted stuff from painful events and times in our lives that we have not been able to get rid of. We drag this burden around month after month, year after year, often unaware that these negative feelings are shaping and influencing who we think we are and the choices that we make. Some of this baggage is overt and plain to see,…
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The Psychology of Hoarding Featured

In counselling and psychotherapy as in many other walks of life, one can never be sure what problem or issue our next new client will bring through the door. In this hectic paced life with it’s stress and pressure, anxiety is often the fundamental subject of concern for clients, although this may be cloaked or concealed, masquerading as something else. So before us we have the overt and obvious and then we have the concealed…
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Royal Speaks Out On Mental Health Issues Featured

Like a breath of fresh air Prince Harry this week has spoken out about his own mental health issues in the years following the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales when he was 12 and the positive results he received from counselling. In the past we have heard honest and in depth accounts of mental health problems from celebrities such as Stephen Fry and Ruby Wax who have done much to bring to…
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Types of Unhelpful or Irrational Thinking Featured

In the modern world of counselling and psychotherapy, a leading tool used by therapists is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This works by the client being shown by the therapist the link between events that happens in our life, our beliefs associated with those events and our resulting emotions and behaviour. A key aspect of CBT is the Types of Unhelpful or Irrational Thinking that we might employ when we try to process what is happening.…
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Getting Older - Cause for Counselling? Featured

If one is lucky enough to be blessed with reasonably good health and also survive what life throws at us in our younger years, we will enter into a bizarre experience called `Getting Older'. This is unavoidable by the very fact that if we are still breathing, we are still alive and so getting older will happen. Often with youth comes the certainty that one is invincible and this heady intoxication of indestructible self assurance…
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Employee Assistance Programmes Featured

Here in the UK, we are currently seeing many areas of growth and development as many companies publish encouraging figures for 2014. This feeling of optimism and positivity carries with it the knowledge that these high performing firms have often nurtured a special employer/staff relationship, where we see the employee valued by the company and vice versa. Enlightened management have long understood the importance of a happy and healthy workforce and many will have put…
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Stress at the Top and the Benefits of Employee Assistance Programmes Featured

It’s likely that in this affluent and flourishing country of ours that many of us will know someone who has risen to dizzy heights in the business world or professions, we might even be one of those high achievers our selves. If however we observe this elite world from the outside we may feel it’s straightforward to spot the outward trappings and signs of the archetypical successful person as we view the expensive car, nice…
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The Origins and Contemporary Significance of CBT Featured

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) To understand Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) better, we must be aware of it’s origins and how it has evolved over the years from different schools of thought. It’s foundations can be found back in the early part of the 20th century with the work of Pavlov and other Russian researchers and later with Joseph Wolpe who developed Behavioral Therapy (BT). This was seen as a challenge to Freud’s Psychodynamic Approach and…
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We humans, the games we play:Transactional Analysis Featured

Transactional Analysis is built on the theory that there are three areas or states of the human personality and these are represented in diagrams and text books by three vertical circles. The top circle is the parent, the middle the adult and the bottom one is the child. A Transaction is an exchange between people – a person says or does something and the other person says or does something back. A simple Transaction between…
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Alcohol: The Big Question Featured

It is said that those of us that were around at the time can remember where they were when they heard of the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. For me it’s also true of the death of John Lennon and the invasion of the Falkland Islands. These events, although mostly not linked closely to our own families leave their marks on us and time stamp our brains. Other landmarks are also etched in…
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Somerset based Integrative Counsellor David Trott MBACP Dip couns on Integrative Counselling Featured

In his most recent Counselling and Psychotherapy blog, Somerset based Integrative Counsellor David Trott MBACP Dip couns, talks about Integrative Counselling, Counselling, and Psychotherapy. David has a specific focus on integrative counselling, integrative counselling and psychotherapy, the integrative counselling model and the integrative counselling approach. Keep up-to-speed with David's integrative counselling and psychotherapy blog that explores integrative counselling case studies, integrative counselling in action, integrative counselling courses, integrative counselling skills in action in pdf and…
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Find a British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) qualified Counsellor and Therapist for Counselling & Psychotherapy in Taunton, Somerset Featured

If you are based in and around the beautiful county of Somerset in England, and are looking for a British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) qualified Counsellor and Therapist for Counselling & Psychotherapy in Taunton, Somerset, you can connect with Somerset based Integrative Counsellor David Trott You can log on to the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) web site to find David Trott by clicking right here: https://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/therapists/in/309cdb/somerset/taunton/david-trott David is based at…
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Somerset Counselling: What is Integrative Counselling? Featured

When we look into the world of counselling and psychotherapy the buzzword these days appears to be `Integrative Counselling and psychotherapy`. The phrase is tossed into conversations and the written word like the bread thrown to the ducks in the park. But what exactly is Integrative Counselling and psychotherapy and how does it work? We all know that there are many different approaches (or methods) to counselling and psychotherapy which are built on a wide…
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Somerset Counselling: What’s it all about, Sigmund? Featured

While Psychotherapy has had a relatively short history of a hundred years or so, the role of the psychotherapist reaches back through the murky mists of time to the earliest days of human existence, where we picture early man engaged in that age old endeavour of attempting to make whole the soul or inner being. Villagers who felt confused or worried about something would make the short journey through the mud and smoke to visit…
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Somerset Counselling: Counselling in Somerset (what’s on offer?) Featured

When I started to research the question of what’s on offer in the field of counselling in and around Somerset, I was surprised and heartened by my findings. For it seems that anyone looking for a counsellor in Somerset and surrounding areas will find a rich selection of counsellors and psychotherapists offering a wide range of approaches and therapies. We are fortunate indeed to have on our doorstep many historically important, economically expanding and very…
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Somerset Counselling: So why choose to talk to a Counsellor above a Friend or Family Member? Featured

When we confide in a friend or family member there’s a chance that person will feel some responsibility for the talker’s situation. This in turn will colour the listener’s response and possibly cause the talker to hold back and not to let it all out, for fear of upsetting the listener. For example – a daughter attempts to talk to her Mother about her unhappiness and homesickness while away at University. The daughter feels it…
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