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How Counselling Helps Cancer Patients And Their Families

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When you or a close relative is diagnosed with cancer, it can be devastating.  Read on to find out how professional counselling could help you and your family in this difficult situation. Cancer diagnosis – how can counselling help? Although everyone's reaction to a cancer diagnosis is slightly different, there are some common denominators that can affect sufferers and their families.  A counsellor's role is not to try to tell you how you should feel, but to listen to your concerns and thoughts and talk them through with you.

27 July 2016

Being There, Effectively: how to support a teenager who self-harms

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According to leading mental health charity YoungMinds, approximately one in ten young people struggle with their mental health in some way. The official NICE guidelines tell us that "rates of self-harm are much higher [...] in adolescents and younger adults", and data gathered by HSCIC shows that young women between the ages of 15 and 19 are significantly more likely to self-harm than other comparable demographics. The friends, families and parents of these teenagers often don't know what to do to support them, though, and it can be difficult and stressful to figure out how best to respond.

22 June 2016

3 Ways To Improve Communication With Your Spouse

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Good, open communication is vital for a healthy marriage, but modern life is busy and packed with commitments. It's easy for couples to sacrifice spending time investing in their relationship in order to stay on top of other obligations, but without healthy communication, it can be difficult for couples to make it through the inevitable tough times. If you're concerned you and your spouse have been drifting apart, give these three suggestions for improving communication a try:

21 June 2016