Posts by: helen@branch

Working with teens

Working with teens

I read a post Janet Sasson Edgette Why Teenagers Hate Therapy  She talks about the different skills needed to work with young people, and how counselling training doesn't meet this…
Unhealthy self-help

Unhealthy self-help

It's an insane act, putting yourself through that... deliberately, and feeling better! Crazy people... Running, I mean why would you!? Running is a great distraction, it gets you away from…
Parenting and Mental Health Week

Parenting and Mental Health Week

I was inspired to write after reading Janine's 'Birth Basics' post. She blogged about her personal experience of battling the black dog of depression, alongside parenting her children and managing…
Thinking Fast and Slow

Thinking Fast and Slow

I am currently reading 'Thinking Fast and Slow' by Daniel Kahneman. It was a book I found at the lovely Barter Books in Alnwick a couple of weeks ago and…
Happiness

Happiness

I'm really happy at the minute. Obviously this is life, so I could do with being fitter, I have an annoying spot on my chin, the house could be cleaner,…

Safety and Self-Harm

I have worked with many young people who have used self-harm as a coping skill. They have often confided in others, seen GPs and child or adolescent mental health professionals…
Stress and smiles

Stress and smiles

Today is my first weekend in our new family home and this last week has been a huge mix of emotions, stress and decisions. Solicitors, estate agents, chains of buyers…
The Story of Self-Harm

The Story of Self-Harm

Felicia Johnson 'Her' I came across this book on Twitter. Twitter has given me interesting conversation, up to date therapy news, gift ideas and local activities and most recently a…
With my last £10

With my last £10

I remember talking to a friend about the first thing we would do if we won the lottery.  His excited response involved buying a camper van, scooping up his family…