Counselling Articles

What is the “Inner Child”?

A term embraced by the self-help and New Age movements, the “inner child” can seem a cliché. Despite it’s overuse, the idea of an ‘inner child’ is actually an important and useful concept that arises from psychotherapy. Many schools of therapeutic thought acknowledge the childlike side to our personalities that ‘the inner child’ refers to, calling...

What is the ICD-10? And How Does it Relate to Mental Health Issues?

ICD stands for the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, or  “International Classification of Diseases” for short. A comprehensive manual and diagnostic tool created, published and managed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the ICD sets the international standard for healthcare diagnosis.  As for the WHO, it is a specialised agency of the United...

Assumptions in Relationships – Are They Wrecking Everything?

Assumptions are powerful little numbers. Masquerading as ‘facts’, they see you making choices based on little more than good guesses. And assumptions in relationships can be particularly destructive, wreaking havoc in both your work, home, and social lives. [Not sure what a healthy relationship even is? Read our Guide to Good Relationships.] What do assumptions sound like?...

Quality Standards in the UK – Do You Need a Registered Therapist?

Notice certain official  logos repetitively appearing on websites when seeking a therapist? Or read that a counsellor or psychotherapist is ‘registered’? What is this about, and how does it affect you? What is a ‘registered therapist’? A registered therapist is a counsellor, counselling psychologist, or psychotherapist who has attained the sufficient advanced level of education,...