Since the start of Covid 19, many counsellors have transferred to online or telephone consultations. Whilst some are slowly going back to seeing clients face to face, it would certainly seem that remote therapy is here to stay and might well play a bigger role in the future. Local counsellor Laura Sollis suggests some questions to ask when considering remote counselling.
As children return to school after a six month break, some may be feeling quite anxious. While some young people will welcome the return of the school routine, others will be finding the social and academic pressures very difficult. In her latest blog, counsellor Laura Sollis suggests the best way to help a child with school anxiety could simply be to listen.
Our relationships with others can be supportive and rewarding. But some can be the opposite. Counsellor Laura Sollis explains how to recognise passive aggressive behaviour and how we should deal with it.
Throughout the lockdown counsellor Laura Sollis has been reflecting on the effects on people's mental wellbeing, especially those with social anxiety. Here she explains the flight or fight response that can help us deal with threatening situations, but can also become a curse.
If you are young, stuck at home with an uncertain future, it’s quite likely your mental health is suffering. Jake Cole is a wellbeing advisor at Exeter College and is well aware of the challenges facing young people. He advises students to research and reach out.
Running has become popular during this time for all the obvious reasons: it is free, you can do it nearly anywhere, the kit is minimal and the government even sanctioned it as a suitable form of outdoor exercise during lockdown. Nancy Dowling of the Crediton Running Network explains why she loves running and shares her tips for those new to the sport.
Key workers in care homes have faced some particularly tough challenges during the pandemic. 20 year old Rebecca O’Sullivan works with young adults with support needs in an Exeter residential home, where social distancing is simply not possible. Wearing personal protective equipment has become an essential part of her job.
Our bodies were designed to walk, jump, change, stretch and adapt. The same is true of the mind - by design you think, feel, change, adapt and overcome. Yoga teacher Laura Galvin explores the links between mental and physical health and how keeping active during lockdown can help us feel happier.
In 2007 Helen Kingdon founded the Exeter Tai Chi school with her husband Tom Collingridge and, for the past 3 years, they have been running classes in Crediton. Since the pandemic struck they have had to learn to do this in a very different way.