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Welcome to Active Thinker, our blog where we post thoughts and ideas relating to counselling and improving the well-being of everyone.

Men, Stress and a Badge of Honour

his week is men’s health week (13-19 June), and this year has focussed on stress; an ever growing catalyst for so many men and women suffering with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger and many other areas of mental and physical health. As...

Exam Time

  t's exam time of year again when children all over the country are revising for and taking SATs, GCSEs or A-levels. That’s children of 7, 11, 13, 15 and 18 years of age working hard to try and pass tests that may define their future. It can...

Empathy: Step into my world.

his week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year has been about relationships and so I wanted to share my thoughts on the place of empathy especially in partnerships: Relationships can be tough, and I mean that about all types of...

The late stage Dementia grief process

ome of my work as a bereavement counsellor is to sit with the ones left behind. We work through ‘the grief process’…a clichéd yet necessary term for the gruelling journey each mortal must take in the dark face of loss. But is loss and grief only...

is ; the new symbol for hope?

Today I heard about Project; (project semi-colon) for the first time. It seems that the semi-colon’s days of representing a wink are over and now it has a far more moving and profound meaning that thousands are identifying with.

Seasonal Affective Survey

Help us with our survey! The last few days have been hot and sunny, the bluebells and the wild garlic are out, but is spring necessarily everyone’s favourite…?


Depression is a word often misused by people who are healthily unhappy for a few days…

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