Category Archives for "Podcast"

06/02/2019

The Pitfalls Of Perfectionism

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Who’s on the podcast?

In this episode Jo speaks to Josephine Hughes, a Counsellor in private practice based in Southend-on-Sea, in Essex. Together with her private practice Josephine has developed her ‘Good Enough Mum’ work to support women who struggle to feel ‘good enough’, not just in their parenting but in their lives generally.

Josephine also manages a Facebook group called ‘Good Enough Counsellors’, which developed out of her Good Enough Mum work. More details can be found below.

What’s the topic?

Do you feel that things in your life need to be ‘perfect’? Do you feel the need to be the top-performing employee, an exceptional parent, or to get A-grades in all your exams? What might it be like if you didn’t achieve these things? What would that mean for you?

As much as we might strive to be perfect this isn’t really a concept that can be defined. In fact, perfectionism can leave us tied up in mental and emotional knots, and take away our enjoyment and appreciation of the ‘here and now’.

During the podcast, we reference two books by Brene Brown called The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly. Also, here is a link to the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver which Josephine talks about.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What Perfectionism is and the ways it might manifest
  • Josephine’s own experiences of trying to be ‘perfect’
  • How people can let go of perfectionism and begin to embrace their vulnerability and fallibility as human beings

Contact Josephine

If you’d like to find out more about Josephine’s private counselling practice then check out her Facebook page, or you can visit her website Talk2Jo.

Josephine’s Facebook page for The Good Enough Mum can be found here and you can also visit her website.

If you’re a counsellor and want to check out Josephine’s Good Enough Counsellors Facebook group then click here.

Thank you for listening

Thank you for supporting the podcast, it means a lot to us that you’re listening. If you enjoyed this episode please share it using the social share buttons on this page. If you have any comments, or suggestions for future podcast episodes then please feel free to get in touch 🙂

We’d also appreciate it if you’d review the show and leave a rating for the podcast in iTunes, and this helps it to reach a wider audience.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes to make sure you keep up to date with the latest episodes.

30/01/2019

Imposter Syndrome And How To Tackle It

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Who’s on the podcast?

In this episode Jo speaks to Jane Travis, who set up and manages the Grow Your Private Practice Club for therapists in private practice, to help them get the best out of their business. More details can be found below.

What’s the topic?

Have you ever been offered a job or entered into a relationship and had the sudden thought that, at any moment, you might be “found out” and that you don’t deserve the job or to be in the relationship?

Have you ever started seeing a Counsellor, only to think that you’re a fraud and that your problems aren’t as “bad” as other people’s? Or, perhaps these thoughts have prevented you from even seeing a Counsellor in the first place?

If so, it sounds like you might have experienced Imposter Syndrome.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What Imposter Syndrome is and the sorts of situations that may trigger it
  • Jane’s own experiences of Imposter Syndrome
  • Ways that people can manage Imposter Syndrome.

Contact Jane

If you’re a Counsellor in private practice and want to know more about promoting your practice then you can go to the Grow Your Private Practice Facebook page and Jane’s website Grow Your Private Practice.

Thank you for listening

Thank you for supporting the podcast, it means a lot to us that you’re listening. If you enjoyed this episode please share it using the social share buttons on this page. If you have any comments, or suggestions for future podcast episodes then please feel free to get in touch 🙂

We’d also appreciate it if you’d review the show and leave a rating for the podcast in iTunes, and this helps it to reach a wider audience.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes to make sure you keep up to date with the latest episodes.

23/01/2019

Unhelpful Negative Thoughts And How To Challenge Them

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Who’s on the podcast?

In this episode Jo talks to Zoe Hinett, a Counsellor in private practice at Sticks And Stones Counselling based in South East London. Zoe works with a lot of people who have difficulties with negative thought patterns and works with them to develop ways of managing them more effectively. Zoe also writes blog posts on this subject.

What’s the topic?

For people who struggle with anxiety, they may or may not be aware when they’re having unhelpful negative thoughts. If they can catch the unhelpful thoughts when they’re happening, they can potentially help to reduce their anxiety.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The different types of unhelpful thinking patterns
  • The triggers to unhelpful thinking, and their impact
  • The STOPP method of managing unhelpful thinking patterns from the Get Self-Help website

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Contact Zoe

If you’d like to find out more about Zoe’s private practice then check out her Facebook and Twitter accounts, and you can also visit her website Sticks And Stones Counselling.

Thank you for listening

Thank you for supporting the podcast, it means a lot to us that you’re listening. If you enjoyed this episode please share it using the social share buttons on this page. If you have any comments, or suggestions for future podcast episodes then please feel free to get in touch 🙂

We’d also appreciate it if you’d review the show and leave a rating for the podcast in iTunes, and this helps it to reach a wider audience.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes to make sure you keep up to date with the latest episodes.

16/01/2019

Working With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Who’s on the podcast?

In this episode of the podcast Jo speaks to Sarah Felton who is a Counsellor in private practice based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. 

What’s the topic?

Sarah talks about her work with clients who are struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is defined as “…a common mental health condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours” (NHS).

During the podcast, Sarah draws upon the book ‘Brain Lock’ by Jeffrey M. Schwartz.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What OCD is and the reasons why people suffer with it.
  • Sarah’s ways of working with clients with OCD.

Contact Sarah

If you’d like to find out more about Sarah’s private practice then check out her Facebook and Twitter pages or you can visit her website Sarah Felton Counselling.

Thank you for listening

Thank you for supporting the podcast, it means a lot to us that you’re listening. If you enjoyed this episode please share it using the social share buttons on this page. If you have any comments, or suggestions for future podcast episodes then please feel free to get in touch 🙂

We’d also appreciate it if you’d review the show and leave a rating for the podcast in iTunes, and this helps it to reach a wider audience.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes to make sure you keep up to date with the latest episodes.

09/01/2019

Anxiety And Mental Health From A Male Perspective

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Who’s on the podcast?

In this episode of the podcast Jo talks to Kev Cullinan who, as well as being a huge advocate for yoga and passionate about his music, has also struggled with his mental health.

What’s the topic?

Whilst there is increasing awareness surrounding male mental health, there are still pervading views in society that men “should be strong” and “shouldn’t show emotion” which only serve to isolate men further and increase their risk of suffering in silence.

On the Mental Health Foundation website it’s reported by the Office for National Statistics that there were 5,821 suicides recorded in Great Britain in 2017, and 75% were male. Furthermore, suicide is the most common cause of death in men aged  20-49 years’ old in England and Wales.

Kev discusses his struggles with anxiety and depression, and about his journey into developing ways of managing his mental health.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What it means to be a male with mental health difficulties
  • Kev’s experiences in disclosing his problems to mental health professionals
  • The coping skills and strategies that Kev uses to help manage his mental health

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Thank you for listening

Thank you for supporting the podcast, it means a lot to us that you’re listening. If you enjoyed this episode please share it using the social share buttons on this page. If you have any comments, or suggestions for future podcast episodes then please feel free to get in touch 🙂

We’d also appreciate it if you’d review the show and leave a rating for the podcast in iTunes, and this helps it to reach a wider audience.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes to make sure you keep up to date with the latest episodes.

02/01/2019

Anxiety In Children And Young People

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Who’s on the podcast?

In this first episode of the podcast Jo talks to Sarah Blunden, who is a Counsellor in private practice in Stoke-on-Trent. Sarah also works at a local charity counselling children.

What’s the topic?

It seems as though there are a lot more pressures on young people these days; this might be linked to things like social media and/or the need to do well in school. Whatever the reason, these pressures can increase their feelings of anxiety and worry.

The Mental Health Foundation states that 70% of children and young people who experience mental health problems have not received support at a sufficiently early age, so it seems pertinent that young people receive the support they need as early as possible.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Sarah’s work with children and young people and the sorts of issues that can cause them anxiety
  • How Sarah works with children and young people to explore their anxieties
  • Ways that children and young people can manage their anxieties more effectively.

Live Minds: Young people’s telephone service

North Staffordshire Mind now have a young people’s telephone service called Live Minds for children and young people aged 11-18 years’ old living in Stoke on Trent. The service is available to call free of charge on Wednesdays 4pm-8pm and Thursdays 4pm-9pm.

The number is 0800 0051 445.

Please note that the service is not a crisis line.

Contact Sarah

If you’d like to find out more about Sarah then check out her Facebook page, or you can visit her website Sarah Blunden Counselling.

Thank you for listening

Thank you for supporting the podcast, it means a lot to us that you’re listening. If you enjoyed this episode please share it using the social share buttons on this page. If you have any comments, or suggestions for future podcast episodes then please feel free to get in touch 🙂

We’d also appreciate it if you’d review the show and leave a rating for the podcast in iTunes, and this helps it to reach a wider audience.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes to make sure you keep up to date with the latest episodes.

12/12/2018

The Suspicious Minds Podcast: Lifting The Lid On Mental Health

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A few months' ago on a Facebook Live, filmed from our Facebook page, Jo talked about wanting to do a podcast about mental health. 

We're extremely pleased and excited to now say that the first season of the podcast is almost ready to launch!

Why host a podcast?

Jo has been a big fan of podcasts for a number of years and likes the fact you can listen to them while you're on the go. Coupled with the enjoyment she gets from connecting with clients in therapy, she wanted to connect with a wider audience on issues of mental health.

What's the podcast about?

This first season of the podcast (we hope to do more in future!) explores different aspects of anxiety. Jo has interviewed professionals and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties to explore these issues in more detail, together with discussing the ways in which people can manage them more effectively.

There are six episodes in total and they cover such subjects as: anxiety in children and young people, a male perspective of anxiety and mental health, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Imposter Syndrome.

Sounds great, but when is the podcast launching??

The first episode will be out in early January 2019, with each of the remaining five episodes being released weekly thereafter.

Where will I be able to find the podcast?

The podcast will be available on iTunes, so make sure you subscribe and give us a rating once you've had a listen, as your ratings help the podcast reach a wider audience!

Plus, if you have any mental health-related topics you'd like the podcast to explore in future then please let us know.

So, keep your eyes peeled early in the New Year as we'll be letting people know once the podcast has officially launched. We hope you enjoy it 🙂

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