Counselling podcasts

Hope Therapy is dedicated to providing mental health support and resources to private and corporate clients. In addition to offering traditional therapy services, Hope Therapy also provides free access to a range of mental health podcasts. These podcasts cover a wide variety of topics, including anxiety, depression, stress, and relationships. They are designed to provide practical advice and strategies for managing mental health issues and improving overall well-being.

Episode 1 – Talk Mindfulness

This series of podcasts will look at the area of mental health and well-being from a variety of different perspectives. But today, we will be discussing the subject of mindfulness. What mindfulness is, how we can be more mindful and how it can be supportive of mental health and well-being.

Episode 2 – Compassion Focussed Therapy

This episode discusses Compassion Focussed Therapy or CFT for short. This therapy was created by a psychologist called Paul Gilbert, OBE. There are many parts to CFT, and this episode will concentrate on some key points. CFT is about caring for ourselves, especially when in distress.

Episode 3 – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

This episode discusses ACT and how it can help support the treatment of various mental health symptoms. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations.

Episode 4 – Anxiety and Worry

We are living in a complex environment at the moment. Anxiety has increased due to the uncertainty and changes following on from the global pandemic and lockdowns. Global unrest and the current environment are currently feeding into people’s anxiety at the moment leading to us becoming a ‘nation of worriers’.

Episode 5 – How to manage at Christmas

How can we approach Christmas? Be true to your values, nobody can do anything and please everyone…what is really important and focussing on that rather than trying to do everything. Life and Christmas is really about an element of compromise.

Pressure can come from so many places at Christmas, such as pressure from children, pressure of hosting or pressure of what social media can create – glamourised image of what a fairy-tale Christmas should be. The pressure that we place on ourselves to make it this perfect idea often places huge amounts of stress on us.

Episode 7 – The importance of employee mental health

Here Ian, Director of Hope Therapy discusses his own experience with employee mental health from his days of managing upwards of 200 people in enterprise companies.

Listen to himself and Wendy take a deep dive into employee mental health and how critical mental health is to individuals happiness and performance at work, and how this in turn can affect the organisation as a whole.

Episode 6 – Goal setting – New Years Resolutions

Having a review at New Year can be constructive but we can end up making a really long list that can be unrealistic if we get carried away with the tradition of setting New Year resolutions. Our new enthusiasm can quickly turn into despair if we do not end up meeting our long list of resolutions.

ACT – where we spend time thinking about our values, what gives it meaning and purpose, may be a useful way of looking at resolutions in a more controlled and achievable way. Values naturally lead onto more realistic actions/goals.

Episode 8 – EMDR and Trauma Therapy

Ian and Wendy discuss EMDR and Trauma Therapy and how it can help people suffering with trauma and the secondary symptoms of trauma.

EMDR – Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing. EMDR, helps with trauma, anxiety and depression. It is a structured approach to help people to safely process traumatic memories, in time helping them to overcome the stress they have been experiencing.

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