Thoughts and advice

Our blogs are written by members of our team and cover a wide range of topics to support you with particular issues and challenges that we encounter regularly in our work.

Latest Blogs

We hope you find these informative and supportive. If there is an area that you would like to see us cover in future please get in touch.

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Why Christmas Isn’t for Everyone

Christmas can bring increased pressures on families and make other difficulties more heightened. In contrast to the adverts at this time of year, for some it’s a sensory bombardment, or a stressful build-up, or a confusing time of conflicting beliefs.

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Movember: Men’s mental health 

Research shows that men are less likely to access therapy or confide in friends or family about mental health. An introduction on how to get past taboos and continue the important conversation that has begun to emerge about men’s mental health.

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How to support children with processing disturbing news events

Suffering and pain of people experiencing atrocities around the world is difficult to process or make sense of. Practical advice to help with talking with your child about disturbing news events.

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Black Men on the Couch

Statistically the least likely of all groups to seek therapeutic support, and with a deeply entrenched culture of keeping difficulties concealed, what are some of the stigmas and barriers that black men face in seeking therapy?

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Animals and our mental health

Animals can provide a sense of calm and reassurance at times of stress or anxiety. They can help us form connections and understand more about our feelings.

Windrush 75 year anniversary: original artwork by Mervyn Weir

Windrush: Triggering memories and intergenerational traumas

A personal account from one of our therapists, highlighting triggering memories of intergenerational traumas that many in the Black communities, from the Windrush generations (1948 to 1971), carry.

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How to help your teenager with exam stress

Exam time can be full of stress and it can be hard to know how to support your teenager through these pressures. Some young people will struggle with anxieties about how to perform well, while others will deal with the stress through avoidance. What can you do to help your child during this challenging time?

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Myths and legends on World Autism Day

Autism is a widely misunderstood neurotype, with many opinions and beliefs masquerading as truths. The narrative can centre around damaging and offensive views of autism as an affliction. This blog explores understanding and connection to gain rich insights and celebrate difference.


Supporting older siblings with a new baby in the family

Having a baby brings huge adjustments for everyone in the family, and challenging changes for older siblings. How can you prepare them for what lies ahead, and support them when the new baby arrives?


Should I be worried about my child’s screen time?

The rise of smartphones, tablets, and other devices has made it easier for people of all ages to access the internet and use digital media, but there are concerns about the impact this increased screen time may have on the development and well-being of children. What does the research tell us and what can you do as a parent?


Talking to your child about difference

What should you say to your children and about ‘big’ topics such as race, difference, equality? Sometimes if can feel like children are too young to consider the inequalities of the world and the topics too weighty to address. But there are rich opportunities for important learning – so how can we approach these conversations?


How to support your child through the stresses of moving

Moving house can be a stressful time for families, but one that is common and often cannot be avoided. Your child or children will have a response to it, and there are ways that you can support them with those responses, to help you all through the moving process.

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Connecting with your autistic child

As a marginalised and often misunderstood group, autistic children’s mental health can face challenges; and so can their families’ mental health. How can you support and develop the connection that you have with your child, to benefit the whole family?


How come everyone else is getting parenting right?

As parents, we are naturally focused on our children. When feeling self-critical about our parenting, or worrying about our children, it can be helpful to remember that the lens we use to view our own children is a much more focused one than the one we use when we view others. And that subconscious emotional responses to our children’s behaviour might also be at play.


Beat the January Blues

January can often feel like a bit of a miserable month.  The chances are that the weather isn’t that good, …


How can you tell if your child is being bullied – and what can you do about it?

It can be hard for a child to explain what they are feeling and why, so the best clue that …


Halloween fears – What can you do to help your child manage?

Halloween references are all around us at the moment, with spooky decorations and products in the shops and more adverts …


The transition back to a new school year

There could be a mix of emotions tied up with the start of a new school year; excitement, dread, worry, …

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