Falling In Love: Why Butterflies May Actually Be A Red Flag

Remember the last time you felt butterflies in your stomach at the beginning of a new relationship? That fluttery, exhilarating sensation often feels like a hallmark of romantic potential, signalling that something special is underway. However, these feelings might not be the reliable indicators of true, lasting love that we’ve been led to believe. The Read More

10 Red Flags to Not Ignore At The Start Of A Relationship

In the journey of love and companionship, distinguishing between a healthy and an unhealthy relationship can sometimes be difficult. It’s essential to be aware of the early warning signs of an unhealthy relationship to protect your emotional and mental wellbeing. Let’s take a look at these signs and understand what they look like in practical Read More

How To Set Healthy Boundaries

Do you find yourself saying ‘yes’ when you really want to say ‘no’? Are you feeling overwhelmed by others’ demands on your time and energy? Perhaps you’re struggling to express your needs without feeling guilty? If these scenarios resonate with you, it’s likely you have difficulty setting healthy boundaries. But don’t worry, you’re not alone, Read More

Healing from Narcissistic Abuse: The Road to Recovery

Escaping a narcissistic abusive relationship is extremely challenging – yet the journey to genuinely heal yourself can be even more difficult and painful at times. Victims are often left reeling, completely drained and fundamentally questioning their perception of reality after enduring years of manipulation. When we experience tremendous stresses and traumas, our minds instinctively try Read More

Narcissistic abuse: Recognising the signs

These days discussions about narcissistic abuse seem to be everywhere. It dominates self-help books, websites and support groups as victims find their voice and share their stories. This increased awareness is crucial – by understanding the manipulative tactics used by narcissists, we can help victims recognise these harmful relationship dynamics faster. Providing this knowledge and Read More

Embracing New Beginnings After Losing a Child: Finding Hope in the New Year

As the New Year approaches, many talk about fresh starts and new beginnings. But when you have experienced the profound loss of a child, the idea of a ‘new beginning’ can feel complex and emotionally charged. I’m Jeanne van den Bergh, a social worker in private practice, and I’ve supported many parents through this heart-wrenching Read More

5 Ways to Navigate the Festive Season After the Loss of a Child

The festive season, a time traditionally filled with joy and celebration, can be particularly challenging when you’re grappling with the unimaginable loss of a child. As a social worker in private practice, I’ve worked with many who’ve faced this heartache. Today, I want to share some strategies that have helped others navigate this difficult period. Read More

Coping with the End of a Long-Term Friendship

Friendships are the threads that weave the fabric of our lives, offering companionship, support, and countless shared memories. But when a friendship that’s been a part of your life for years starts to unravel due to circumstances beyond your control, it can be a tough pill to swallow. Losing a long-term friend is like closing Read More

Overcoming Career Setbacks: A Roadmap to Resilience and Success

Embarking on a career journey is akin to navigating a winding road with unexpected twists and turns. Along this path, you are bound to encounter setbacks that can momentarily derail your progress. These setbacks can be especially challenging when they occur due to circumstances beyond your control. However, it’s important to remember that they need Read More

A Guide to Healing After Losing a Relationship

Breaking up with someone you care about deeply is one of life’s most challenging experiences. It can leave you feeling lost, hurt, and overwhelmed by a wave of emotions. However, it’s essential to remember that healing from the end of a relationship is possible. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore ten steps to help Read More