Light-hearted humour during lockdown

Throughout this challenging period of time in which we have all had to deal with so much fear and uncertainty, one thing that has been really helpful for some has been the use of humour. The memes and jokes people have received have provided some welcome respite, raising spirits and maintaining a connection with others.Continue reading “Light-hearted humour during lockdown”

Dealing with shame

It had been requested by the group to look at dealing with shame as a group topic. We began by watching the video clip of Brene Brown talking to Oprah about her research about shame. Group members responded to this idea that talking about shame is helpful as some of them had experienced that thisContinue reading “Dealing with shame”

Healing Flames and Gratitude Mandalas

For a more relaxed session today and informal conversation we held an ‘arts and crafts’ session-well loosely anyway. Having started with a mindful breathing exercise we had a couple of sheets to focus on something in particular if that is what people wished. One was ‘the healing flame’ helping individuals track a recovery process. ThisContinue reading “Healing Flames and Gratitude Mandalas”

Fear Of Failure

At today’s group we looked at the fear of failure.  Although our fears come from a protective place they can ultimately leave us feeling stuck and unfulfilled in parts of our life. If you’ve suffered disappointments in life it feel such a risk to try something new and it not working out. To avoid theseContinue reading “Fear Of Failure”

New group programme/referral process

If you are interested in attending the group please contact us and we will put you on the waiting list with the hope being that you will not have to wait too long.

Exploring Mental Health Diagnoses

We posed the question to people in the group as to whether receiving a mental health diagnosis had been a helpful experience. For those who had experienced a correct diagnosis and accessed the right treatment, this was extremely helpful as they could now understand what was happening and what to do to best look afterContinue reading “Exploring Mental Health Diagnoses”

A letter to my younger-self

Today we asked group members to write a letter to their younger-self.   We were very aware of the emotions that this could bring up for people. The benefit in doing this is that it can help us to develop more self-compassion. This can be really useful for people who attach self-criticism to themselves for things happenedContinue reading “A letter to my younger-self”

New start for 2018

  It was nice to see everyone at the start of this new year and to hear all about how they got on over the holiday period. As some people struggle over this period we felt it right to use this space to hear peoples’ experiences.  As you can imagine people had mixed experiences overContinue reading “New start for 2018”

Learning To Be Assertive

  At today’s group we looked at what “being assertive” means for people.  Some said they found it hard to be assertive due to the unknown response they would receive. Low self-esteem and feelings of not feeling worthy enough to be heard can make it seem a scary prospect. If people have grown up toContinue reading “Learning To Be Assertive”

Feeling comfortable in the present

Today we focused on the benefits of using mindfulness. With ever-increasing advances in technology we now have everything at our fingertips and are equipped to get what we want much quicker than we ever have in the past. Life at times can feel like it is moving at 100 M.P.H, that we find it hardContinue reading “Feeling comfortable in the present”