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Homeschooling Safety Checklist for Parents

In this imminent period of homeschooling, how can we as parents help our children? The UK government’s statutory guidelines on “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (September 2019) identify three broad areas of risk for online child safety: Content, Contact and Conduct. Schools and the national curriculum are already covering these areas both in their teaching … Continued

Getting a Handle on Anxiety

Sometimes, this is how our families and relationships feel – finely balanced, fragile, vulnerable to the waves of fortune.  Anxiety can creep in, and it feels as though things might just tip. How can we remain steady? The Slip and Fall Consider this scenario: a mature, highly experienced person arrives to give a talk to … Continued

Co-Parenting and the Holidays: The Challenges

Written by: Amnon Shaked It is a well-established fact that holidays, especially ones where young children are involved, are anxiety-provoking. Stress levels are known to be high during planning and preparation, culminating during the actual travel days.  The challenges are amplified for divorced and co-parents, who often take turns having the kids over the holiday … Continued

Body Dysmorphic Disorder – A Psychotherapeutic Perspective

The way one is perceived by others and the need for their acceptance is key in the adolescent journey.  While many young people have a part of their anatomy that they don’t particularly like, or that they may want to change, the perceived imperfections don’t usually interfere with everyday life. But for those suffering with … Continued

Work-Life Balance – Taking Work Home (Homework)

Written by:  David Thomson You’ve had a hard week at the chalkface, a challenging albeit rewarding week; the commuting takes its toll; there are early starts and long days. And there is the pressure to perform. Still, some great things happened. Progress was made. You were pleased with what you did, trying to do your … Continued

Children’s Mental Health Week: 4 -10 February 2019

Children’s Mental Health Week 4 – 10 Feb “HEALTHY:  INSIDE & OUT” H – E – A – L – T – H – Y It’s Children’s Mental Health Week and this year’s theme is Healthy:  Inside and Out.  The aim is to encourage children and young people to look after their bodies and minds, … Continued

Remaining the Parent in Challenging Circumstances

Written by:  Ms Sonia Appleby  Holding the Parental/Child Space when a Child is Upset Managing the ‘parental space’ can at times require more effort, thought, empathy and patience than we may feel we have the capacity to impart. Most of us will well remember the immediate post-birth experiences of bewilderment juxtaposed to joy; sometimes profound … Continued

Burnout: The Impact on Family and Work

Written by:  Melody Hodge and Etain Case Burnout.  A word that’s synonymous with overwork, stress and exhaustion.  Symptomatically similar to anxiety and depression, it is often misdiagnosed as one or the other.  Rising burnout rates and increased discussion around the subject have revealed how omnipresent the issue really is.   In 2016 and 2017, 12.5 million … Continued

Occupational Burnout and the ‘Unconscious Family’

Occupational Burnout and the ‘Unconscious Family’:  The link between early-life relationships and workplace wellbeing Written by:  Etain Case Workplace wellbeing.  A prevailing topic swirling in the collective psyche.  It’s generated much press and public attention in recent years, and corporate wellness programmes are now commonplace in most British organisations.  They are designed for, and highly … Continued